Enter SEE’s Annual 30-second Video Contest for a chance to join one of the production teams of our student television bridges! Produce a season (fall 2018 – spring 2019) of informational broadcasts with peers in Russia, and get a chance to travel to Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Lee Giat and two of his Cypress Bay High School classmates took part in the US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s (SEE) 30-second Video Contest announced at the Student Television Network (STN) Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, and won. Their reward consisted of being selected as the US anchors of the joint US-Russia Youth TV Bridge project, implemented by SEE, and traveling from Weston, Florida to Cheboksary, Russia to be the first American students to attend the Volga Encounters Youth Media Festival. Here is Lee’s personal story on how this trip launched his career.
A group of elementary school students trudges through the woods and emerge onto the bank of a stream. One of the students grabs a long dipnet and submerges it in the creek while other students peer into the water. They are searching for crayfish, mayflies, nymphs cross-referencing information sheets and trying to identify the critters. While taking part in the collaborative project between Bard College’s Center for Civic Engagement and Astrakhan State University’s Ecology Squad student group, they are learning about the well-being of the natural world around them.


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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch our YTVB Season 2 Promo Trailer here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Season 2, Episode 2"Volunteerism" episode is now available!

The second episode for YTVB is about volunteerism. Watch and find out how students and teachers at a school in Plantation, FL came together to help victims of hurricane Irma, how high schoolers from Russia spend their free time at an animal shelter taking care of dogs, and other stories about those who volunteer their time and offer help to the ones in need. Beginning with this episode, we are launching our special rubric called “Word Lab,” in which the TV anchor team shines some light on the meanings of the most popular journalistic expressions in the US and Russia. Check it out! Watch it now below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We can’t wait to hear what you think about the second episode, so please don’t forget to participate in this brief survey

 

     

The Youth TV Bridge project is implemented in partnership with Student Television Network (Carlsbad, CA) and Volga Encounters youth media festival (Cheboksary, Russia). 

Participate in the US-Russia Youth TV Bridge

Future episodes of the US-Russia Youth TV Bridge touch on a variety of socially-oriented themes and will include footage from high school students in the US and Russia. Everyone has the opportunity to join the international team behind this project!

If you are interested in broadcast journalism and would like to share your work with students in the US and Russia, make sure to send us your video materials. The best, most interesting, and most topical submissions will be shown in full during YTVB episodes. While we cannot incorporate every submission into an episode due to time constraints, we will make an effort to share all of your stories.

Every submission will receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Student Television Network and Eurasia Foundation!

 

We Look Forward to Your Submissions On the Following Topics:

Thanks to everyone who submitted videos on previous topics! We are now accepting video stories for our final episode of Season 2 of Youth TV Bridge. Don't miss your chance and contribute your videos on this last topic!

  •          Using technology to improve society

Are there any particularly innovative methods to improving society that you would like to share? Send us footage about young people using technology in creative ways to overcome common challenges and make life better in their communities. Please submit your entries by March 31, 2018 in order to be considered for this episode.

 

Rules for Submitting Footage to YTVB Season 2

1.       US and Russian teams consisting of 9th- and 12th- graders that are affiliated with a school or private television studio may submit footage.

2.       All footage must adhere to the following creative content and copyright guidelines.

3.       Every team must be prepared to submit a transcript of the video to SEE.

4.       Your video submission should not contain any spoken sign-off or intro that refers to your school or studio. Please ensure that you have either removed it from your submission or replaced it with this closing: "For Youth TV Bridge in <town name>, I'm <name>."

5.       By submitting footage, you give SEE permission to use your video for SEE-related matters.

6.       There is no limit to the number of episodes that a team can participate in. However, a team may only submit one video per episode. We will not accept multiple videos for one episode from the same team.

7.       Video submissions may not be longer than 3 minutes.

8.       Submissions are due March 31, 2018  

 

Instructions for Submitting Videos:

Step 1. Upload your video to YouTube. In the video’s settings, ensure that the video is “unlisted,” then create a link to the video and paste it into the application form available below. More information about uploading to YouTube can be found here.

Step 2. Fill out the application form available here.

 

We look forward to receiving your video submissions!

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties while filling out the forms, please get in touch at see@eurasia.org

 

Catch Previous Episodes of Youth TV Bridge Season 2 Below

 

Episode 1:    Pilot 

You can watch the entire first season of YTVB here!

 

 


The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s Disability 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 Disability 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 season of SEE’s Disabilitiy 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch our DPTV Season 1 Promo Trailer here! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPTV Episode 3 "Working with a Purpose" is now available!

In this third episode of DPTV, our anchor team takes a closer look at six unique disability organizations in Russia and the U.S. that work to empower individuals with disabilities and inspire them to live active, fulfilling lifestyles! Each of these organizations works towards a specific goal, with some focusing on creating a home-like environment for independent living and others delivering therapeutic programs in arts and sports. In this episode, you will learn about the US-based Merica House – an organization which empowers people with disabilities to live independently, and the Russia-based Dream Ski project in which children with autism and Down Syndrome can conquer new heights through skiing. These are just a few examples of the amazing and heartwarming stories about these organizations, so tune in to this next episode below to learn more! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And don’t forget to leave us your feedback on this third episode of DPTV by filling out this brief survey

 

     

DPTV is implemented in partnership with Student Television Network (Carlsbad, CA), Volga Encounters youth media festival (Cheboksary, Russia), and Special Olympics (Washington, D.C.)

Participate in Disability Partnership TV (DPTV)

Upcoming episodes of DPTV will illuminate various disability-related topics in the US and Russia. If you would like to take part in this international project and help shine the light on an important social topic, come join the team of Russian and American anchors and reporters!

To become a part of DPTV, submit an application and send us your footage. We will include the best and most topical footage in full in upcoming DPTV episodes. Though we cannot include all your submissions in DPTV episodes, we will make an effort to share all submissions with our international audience. 

Every submission will receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Student Television Network and Eurasia Foundation. 

 

You Can Submit Footage On the Following Topics:

Thanks to everyone who submitted videos on previous topics! We are now accepting video stories for our final episode of DPTV. Don't miss your chance and contribute your videos on this last topic!

- Special Olympics

DPTV team will prepare a special episode for the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, the international organization that organizes competitive sporting events for people with intellectual disabilities. You can help make this special episode happen! Do you know any athletes who have participated in the Special Olympic games? Are you acquainted with any participants, volunteers, or organizers of the Special Olympics? Are there any aspiring athletes in your city, that are training for the Special Olympics? Tell us their stories! If you are submitting footage for the special episode on Special Olympics, please send your material by March 31, 2018 to be considered.

 

Rules for Submitting Footage to DPTV Season 1

 

1. US and Russian teams consisting of 9th- and 12th-graders that are affiliated with a school or private television studio may submit footage.

*Please note: a team may only submit footage to either the second season of YTVB or to the first season of DPTV. If a team has already submitted to one of the projects, the second submission will not be considered.

2. All footage must adhere to the following creative content and copyright guidelines.

3. Every team must be prepared to submit a transcript of the video to SEE.

4. Your video submission should not contain any spoken sign-off or intro that refers to your school. Please ensure that you have either removed it from your submission or replaced it with this closing: "For DPTV in <town name>, I'm <name>."

5. By submitting footage, you give SEE permission to your video for SEE-related matters.

6. There is no limit to the number of episodes that a team can participate in. However, a team may only submit one video per episode.  We will not accept multiple videos for one episode from the same team.

7. Video submissions may not be longer than 3 minutes.

8. Submissions are due March 31, 2018

 

Instructions for Submitting Videos

Step 1. Upload your video to YouTube. In the video’s settings, ensure that the video is “unlisted,” then create a link to the video and paste it into the application form available below. More information about uploading to YouTube can be found here.

Step 2. Fill out the application form available here.

 

We look forward to receiving your video submissions!

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties while filling out the forms, please get in touch at see@eurasia.org

 

Catch Previous Episodes of DPTV Season One Below

 

Episode 1:  Pilot

Episode 2:  Creativity Knows No Limits

Episode 3: Working With a Purpose (coming soon)

 


SEE has launched the seventh round of its Independent Professional (INP) initiative to support collaboration among US and Russian social experts in the areas of (1) flora and fauna and (2) social inclusion of  persons with disabilities.

Within the project, competitively selected candidates will travel to a partner country (Russia or the US) for the period between 14 and 21 days to collaborate with a host organization and participate in events and activities related to their project theme.

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 May 1, 2018 and end on or before August 31, 2018.

Application Materials 

Independent Professionals are selected via an open competition process. The application and other relevant materials are available below. Applications for the current competition cycle must be received by 11:59 PM EST on March 12, 2018 (7:59 AM Moscow Time on March 13, 2018). Early submissions are encouraged.

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

Request for Applications (RFA) - Social Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities

Request for Applications (RFA) - Hands-on learning in the Areas of Flora and Fauna

Frequently Asked Questions

Apply Now

 


The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s Disability 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 Disability 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 season of SEE’s Disabilitiy 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch our DPTV Season 1 Promo Trailer here! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DPTV Episode 3 "Working with a Purpose" is now available!

In this third episode of DPTV, our anchor team takes a closer look at six unique disability organizations in Russia and the U.S. that work to empower individuals with disabilities and inspire them to live active, fulfilling lifestyles! Each of these organizations works towards a specific goal, with some focusing on creating a home-like environment for independent living and others delivering therapeutic programs in arts and sports. In this episode, you will learn about the US-based Merica House – an organization which empowers people with disabilities to live independently, and the Russia-based Dream Ski project in which children with autism and Down Syndrome can conquer new heights through skiing. These are just a few examples of the amazing and heartwarming stories about these organizations, so tune in to this next episode below to learn more! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And don’t forget to leave us your feedback on this third episode of DPTV by filling out this brief survey

 

     

DPTV is implemented in partnership with Student Television Network (Carlsbad, CA), Volga Encounters youth media festival (Cheboksary, Russia), and Special Olympics (Washington, D.C.)

Participate in Disability Partnership TV (DPTV)

Upcoming episodes of DPTV will illuminate various disability-related topics in the US and Russia. If you would like to take part in this international project and help shine the light on an important social topic, come join the team of Russian and American anchors and reporters!

To become a part of DPTV, submit an application and send us your footage. We will include the best and most topical footage in full in upcoming DPTV episodes. Though we cannot include all your submissions in DPTV episodes, we will make an effort to share all submissions with our international audience. 

Every submission will receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Student Television Network and Eurasia Foundation. 

 

You Can Submit Footage On the Following Topics:

Thanks to everyone who submitted videos on previous topics! We are now accepting video stories for our final episode of DPTV. Don't miss your chance and contribute your videos on this last topic!

- Special Olympics

DPTV team will prepare a special episode for the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics, the international organization that organizes competitive sporting events for people with intellectual disabilities. You can help make this special episode happen! Do you know any athletes who have participated in the Special Olympic games? Are you acquainted with any participants, volunteers, or organizers of the Special Olympics? Are there any aspiring athletes in your city, that are training for the Special Olympics? Tell us their stories! If you are submitting footage for the special episode on Special Olympics, please send your material by March 31, 2018 to be considered.

 

Rules for Submitting Footage to DPTV Season 1

 

1. US and Russian teams consisting of 9th- and 12th-graders that are affiliated with a school or private television studio may submit footage.

*Please note: a team may only submit footage to either the second season of YTVB or to the first season of DPTV. If a team has already submitted to one of the projects, the second submission will not be considered.

2. All footage must adhere to the following creative content and copyright guidelines.

3. Every team must be prepared to submit a transcript of the video to SEE.

4. Your video submission should not contain any spoken sign-off or intro that refers to your school. Please ensure that you have either removed it from your submission or replaced it with this closing: "For DPTV in <town name>, I'm <name>."

5. By submitting footage, you give SEE permission to your video for SEE-related matters.

6. There is no limit to the number of episodes that a team can participate in. However, a team may only submit one video per episode.  We will not accept multiple videos for one episode from the same team.

7. Video submissions may not be longer than 3 minutes.

8. Submissions are due March 31, 2018

 

Instructions for Submitting Videos

Step 1. Upload your video to YouTube. In the video’s settings, ensure that the video is “unlisted,” then create a link to the video and paste it into the application form available below. More information about uploading to YouTube can be found here.

Step 2. Fill out the application form available here.

 

We look forward to receiving your video submissions!

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties while filling out the forms, please get in touch at see@eurasia.org

 

Catch Previous Episodes of DPTV Season One Below

 

Episode 1:  Pilot

Episode 2:  Creativity Knows No Limits

Episode 3: Working With a Purpose (coming soon)

 


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.