Partnership Projects

SEE’s bilateral partnership projects are created and jointly implemented by teams of American and Russian partner organizations to address a social issue within particular thematic areas, which are chosen annually based on each country’s priorities. Project teams are competitively selected and work together over a period of six to eight months to make a positive impact on citizens of both the U.S. and Russia.

Past participants have worked to:

  • Develop a mobile app encouraging smoking cessation in the U.S. and Russia through an international buddy system;
  • Enhance the social inclusion of youth and young adults with disabilities by developing community living and community-supported employment programs in the Moscow region;
  • Produce storybook applications to support deaf and hard of hearing children in acquiring bilingual signed and written language;
  • Amplify youth and community engagement in the protection of regional area waterways and watersheds of the Hudson and Volga Rivers; and
  • Many more projects in the U.S. and Russia!

Our current project themes focus on social inclusion for people with disabilities, volunteerism, youth leadership development, and flora and fauna.

Our Impact

<strong>Developing Leadership Skills</strong>
Developing Leadership Skills

“My stay in the U.S. was an amazing opportunity to meet people with other disabilities, understand their lives, and the social opportunities that are out there for them. I’ve committed myself to persuading young people not to be afraid to take part in different projects and immerse themselves in something new, and people I’ve connected with have gone on to apply for and participate in youth summits and forums.”

<strong>Fostering Connections</strong>
Fostering Connections

“In-person exchanges with professionals, students, and people from a different country does so much for our abilities to ground our work in the real world as well as helps develop empathy and mutual respect. Given tough political times, collaborations on environmental education and protection is critically important for the future of our planet and its people.”

<strong>Exchanging Best Practices</strong>
Exchanging Best Practices

“I viewed this as a very historic time in relationships between the US and Russia. I felt it was worth taking advantage of an opportunity for the benefit of both Loyola students as well as students at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Moscow. Young people are the future of any country and it is a valued commodity to share knowledge and cultural exchanges.”

Current Projects

Using Interpretation to Protect Our Cultural and Natural Heritage

Lake Baikal Heritage Foundation, based in Tucson, AZ, and Center for Environmental Research and Education, based in Irkutsk, RU, are collaborating on a series of training seminars on environmental interpretation. Training seminars will be conducted over a series of several months in Siberia, and cover a range of eco-educational topics. Russian partners will also have the opportunity to attend the U.S. National Association of Interpretation Conference in Denver, Colorado.

DANCE MATTERS: Inclusive Dance Lab

Washington, DC-based BodyWise Dance and the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Center in Yekaterinburg, Russia, are collaborating on an inclusive dance curriculum for persons with disabilities. U.S. and Russian participants have traveled to Yekaterinburg, Izhevsk, and Perm in Russia, as well as Washington, DC to collaborate and conduct dance workshops. After curriculum launch, the project team will conduct webinars in Russian and English to teach the curriculum to professionals across the US and Russia.

This Is Me. I Am Unique.

Cloudred Multimedia LLC, a media and design firm based in New York, NY, and Williams Syndrome Charitable Foundation, a Moscow-based non-profit working to increase awareness of Williams syndrome, are collaborating on a multimedia installation which will be showcased in New York and Moscow galleries. The installation will feature videos of Russian and American families raising children with various disabilities and aims to encourage audiences to reexamine their feelings about people with disabilities.