The team of young broadcast journalists from youth television studio Iceberg TV had a long journey behind them. For months, they had desperately wanted to take part in one of the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s student media projects, and had submitted strong entries to past Youth TV Bridge competitions. In early summer 2017, they traveled from Yekaterinburg, Russia to Boston, Massachusetts to begin the first season of SEE’s new Disabilities Partnership TV program.
Veronika Ivanova works as a translator at The Walt Disney Company in Russia, and has been helping her colleagues find a common language. She also ensures that people who speak the same language - but have different abilities - are able to clearly and easily understand each other. Her work as a SEE Independent Professional has helped her implement a project in Russia that makes mainstream movie theaters accessible to people with disabilities.
Meet the Iceberg TV team from Yekaterinburg, Russia - the Russia-side half of the Disabilities Partnership TV anchor team.


Program Information

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) is a diverse network of Russian and US professionals and entrepreneurs engaged in a meaningful exchange of ideas and best practices that lead to joint action and positive change in the social dimensions of both countries.

 
SEE is presently composed of three key programmatic components:
 
Project teams are the new foundation of SEE, launched with the start of the 2015-2016 project competition. These teams are selected through an open competition that invites project groups — composed of Russian and US organizations — to create innovative bilateral initiatives. 
 
Invited Professionals — project teams may also nominate up to four "Invited Professionals,” who will travel to host organization(s) in the other country and will make distinct contributions to project implementation.
 
Independent Professionals are individuals who support initiatives that establish new US-Russian partnerships or strengthen existing ones. These participants each develop and implement a socially-oriented project that produces a significant and measurable social benefit in both Russia and the US.
 
 

Project teams as well as Invited and Independent Professionals all work to address at least one of the following socially oriented themes:

  1. Social support & protection of citizens 
  2. Protection of flora & fauna
  3. Promotion of animal welfare 
  4. Promotion of philanthropy and volunteerism
  5. Youth development
  6. Public health & promotion of healthy lifestyles
  7. Preservation of cultural identities & language 
  8. Adaptation of migrants 
  9. Medical and social rehabilitation 
  10. Promotion of economic and labor mobility
 
 

 

 

History

Formerly, SEE was composed of bilateral working groups that collaborated within nine distinct thematic areas: child protection, community development, education and youth, protection of flora and fauna, gender equity, higher education, rule of law and the community, migration, and public health. These working groups also attended an annual conference where they developed joint priorities and designed fellowships for other social experts working within their chosen fields.
 
SEE was originally an expansion of the US-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program (CSPP), launched in May 2011. CSPP had grown out of two US-Russia Civil Society Summits held in 2009 and 2010 after Russian and US civil society experts recognized the need for greater collaboration between citizens of both countries. In 2013, the program's name was changed from CSPP to SEE to reflect the expansion of its network of participants and a deeper focus of their activities within social spheres.
 
 
SEE is implemented by Eurasia Foundation. 
 
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The US-Russia Youth TV Bridge is an international platform for increasing cooperation between US and Russian youth through collaborative video production. High school students work together to record, edit, produce, and host broadcast-style video programming.

 The driving force behind Youth TV Bridge is the competitively-chosen anchor team, composed of Russian and US high school students. The anchor team guides the overall course of the Youth TV Bridge season, and produces each episode with footage that has been submitted by high school students in both countries. The members of the anchor team are selected by successfully competing in video production contests at youth media festivals.

The second season of YTVB is hosted by the students from Geneva High School in Illinois, USA, and the students from Gornostai TV in Novosibirsk, Russia. Get to know the students from Geneva High School here, and meet the Russian team here.  

Join YTVB:

The season touches on a wide variety of topics and includes footage submitted by high school video production teams in the US and Russia. Everyone has a chance to submit their production and have it appear on an international student media platform!

If you are interested in broadcast journalism and want your footage to be seen by your contemporaries in the US and Russia, submit an application and submit your footage.

We are searching for materials that fall under these topics:

  • Environmental stewardship
  • How different cultures and nationalities celebrate the New Year (special episode to be released in December, 2017*)
  • Volunteerism
  • Young people using technology to benefit their communities

 

Submission guidelines:

  • submitted footage must be no longer than 3 minutes
  • each team should be prepared to provide SEE with a transcription of their submission
  • submissions should be uploaded to an online platform (such as YouTube). Please set privacy settings to make your video unlisted or private. Please include link that SEE can access in your submission.
  • there is no limit to the number of videos that you may submit!
  • Materials are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to submit your application and footage before October 20, 2017 to be considered for as many episodes as possible. *If submitting footage for New Years episode, submit by November 1, 2017. 

 

The application is available here. We are looking forward to your submissions!  Should you have any questions, please write to see@eurasia.org.

All of the episodes of YTVB Season 1 are available here!

 

 

 


The first seasons of SEE’s Disabilities Partnership TV is bringing together the students of Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pennsylvania, and the students of Iceberg TV in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Curious to learn more about the two teams? Meet the Hempfield High School students here, and get acquainted with the Iceberg TV team here.

 

 

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s Disabilities Partnership TV program connects young people in the US and Russia to learn and explore video production together by engaging a range of disability related issues common to both countries. Modelled after SEE’s highly successful Youth TV Bridge project, DPTV brings competitively chosen US and Russian high school students together to jointly produce a season of news magazine-style broadcasts about disability-related topics. In producing informative documentary television with and about people with disabilities, DPTV is opening new doors for everyone, creating a more inclusive and diverse space in online student media.
DPTV is part of Eurasia Foundation’s Disabilities Partnership Platform (DPP). Designed as an interface for ideas, resources, and action, the DPP is forming and promoting innovative bilateral activity on disability related issues common to the US and Russia by leveraging the expertise and accomplishments of partner organizations across borders. 


SEE has launched the sixth round of its new initiative to enable individual US and Russian social experts to build cross-border collaborative projects that address common social challenges and result in benefits for both countries. The SEE “Independent Professionals Project Initiative” establishes and strengthens partnerships between US and Russian experts and host organizations in their counterpart countries by means of collaborative projects that focus on one or more of SEE’s thematic areas. Competitively selected candidates travel to an organization in the host country for 7 to 14 days to conduct activities related to their proposed project.

Over the course of project implementation in the host country, participants gain new skills and expand their professional networks. Upon their return home, independent professionals strengthen professional practice in their home institutions and benefit their own communities through implementation of activities directed at relevant home country constituencies making use of insights gained abroad.  Implementation of all activities, including the realization of tangible and measurable results in the host and home countries, must take place between September 19, 2017 and December 22, 2017.

Application Materials 

Independent Professionals are selected via an open competition process. The application and other relevant materials are available for download below. Applications for the current competition cycle must be received by July 24, 2017 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (July 25, 2017 at 6:59 AM Moscow Time), though early submissions are encouraged. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

Please read all materials fully and carefully before submitting an application.

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The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s Disabilities Partnership TV program connects young people in the US and Russia to learn and explore video production together by engaging a range of disability related issues common to both countries. Modelled after SEE’s highly successful Youth TV Bridge project, DPTV brings competitively chosen US and Russian high school students together to jointly produce a season of news magazine-style broadcasts about disability-related topics. In producing informative documentary television with and about people with disabilities, DPTV is opening new doors for everyone, creating a more inclusive and diverse space in online student media.
DPTV is part of Eurasia Foundation’s Disabilities Partnership Platform (DPP). Designed as an interface for ideas, resources, and action, the DPP is forming and promoting innovative bilateral activity on disability related issues common to the US and Russia by leveraging the expertise and accomplishments of partner organizations across borders. 

The first seasons of SEE’s Disabilities Partnership TV is bringing together the students of Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pennsylvania, and the students of Iceberg TV in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

Curious to learn more about the two teams? Meet the Hempfield High School students here, and get acquainted with the Iceberg TV team here.

 

 


During its first two programmatic years, the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) annually awarded more than 60 fellowships to both early-career specialists and established subject-matter experts from Russia and the United States. These experts joined together to exchange ideas and tackle common challenges within the thematic focus of each of the program’s former working groups.

During their fellowships, participants traveled to their counterpart country for up to four weeks at host organizations and helped to implement collaborative projects developed by each working group.

During this period, SEE offered two distinct types of fellowships: 

 
 

Emerging Professionals were talented new actors in their chosen fields. These dynamic and energetic individuals developed their own experiences through implementing projects, performing research, writing articles, contributing to social media, and assisting with responsibilities related to their host organization.

Advanced Practitioners were individuals who already had established experience working on social issues in their chosen field. These fellows were directly selected by SEE’s former working groups and provided guidance on ongoing projects, participated in organizational development activities, conducted research, and built their professional networks. 

 



Contact / Linkage Project Competition

In 2013 the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE) conducted a two-stage partnership competition for projects jointly proposed by US and Russian NGOs. The competition sought to increase and intensify peer-to-peer relationships between US and Russian experts, who shared common objectives in addressing major challenges in their countries. All project proposals had to relate to the priority areas identified by SEE’s thematic working groups.

The competition consisted of two distinct stages. The Contact stage enabled organizations from both countries to establish ties with each other and prepare for the next stage of the competition.  The Linkage phase called for partners to design and submit proposals for bilateral projects.  Following a rigorous competition, six partnerships were chosen for implementation. These projects were conducted during the 2013-2014 program year.
 

 

Kidsave International and the Children’s Project in Nizhny Novgorod have partnered to prevent the rejection and termination of parental rights for families in challenging situations.
The University of Oregon at Eugene and the Stavropol branch of the NGO “No to Alcoholism and Drug Addiction” will offer US and Russian students majoring in child protection an opportunity to grow their professional skills and understanding of social problems through an internship exchange program.
Bard College in New York state and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny) at St. Petersburg State University will work together to create resources for colleges and universities to strengthen joint and dual degree partnerships between the US and Russia.
The Manhattan-based Downtown Community Television Center and Moscow’s Journalism Advancement and Support Center are teaming up to connect disabled citizens with American and Russian local media organizations.
Stanley Street Treatment and Resources in Massachusetts and the Health and Development Foundation in Moscow are collaborating on a strategic manual for public health campaigns implemented over mobile devices (“mHealth”) that will assist practitioners in addressing health issues facing at-risk women in Russia and the US.
The Corporate Government Faculty of the Financial University in Moscow and the Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance in Philadelphia will disseminate best practices in business ethics compliance through a network of multinationals and their Russian vendors as recommended by the 2013 Russia-led B20 international business summit.