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.
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.