Marina Tkacheva is executive director of the youth TV studio “Kadr” in Novotroitsk, Russia. "Kadr" is a participant in Eurasia Foundation’s Disability Partnership TV (DPTV), a collaborative project uniting high school students from the U.S. and Russia. Students are mentored and guided by their teachers as they jointly produce video content about social inclusion and other disability-related topics.
Learn more about the new anchor team of Disability Partnership TV Season II from this blog by Karina Bakitova. Karina Bakitova is a student journalist from TV studio “Kadr” in Novotroitsk, Russia, and is a participant in Eurasia Foundation’s Disability Partnership TV project (DPTV).


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 3"Environmental Stewardship" is now available!

The third episode of Youth TV Bridge (YTVB) Season 2 discusses protecting the environment. Learn how recycling can reduce ocean pollution, and how projects like Razdelyaika, a local movement in Izhevsk, Russia, encourage people to recycle. Find out how students from Russia and the U.S. are doing their part to make the world a greener place! 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 no longer accepting video stories for the current season of YTVB. Watch our episodes below to see the features with your submissions!

  •          Don't miss our final episode of this season that will be about using technology to improve society

 

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 now closed.

 

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 Two Below

 

Episode 1:    Pilot 

Episode 2:    Volunteerism  

Episode 3:    Environmental Stewardship 

Episode 4:    Using Technology to Improve Society (coming soon)

You can watch the entire first season of YTVB here!

 

 


Disability Partnership TV (DPTV)

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s Disability Partnership TV is a fast-growing network of US and Russian high schoolers who are passionate about video production and work together to produce quality content on a range of disability-related topics common in both countries. 

 

Competitively selected US and Russian high school students come 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.

The second season of SEE’s Disability Partnership TV is bringing together the students of TigerVision studio from Texas High School in Texarkana, TX, and the students of Kadr Studio in Novotroitsk, Russia. 

 

Meet The Texas High School Students and Get Acquainted With The Kadr Studio Team in The Season II Trailer Below!

Missed The First Season of DPTV?

Catch all previous episodes of DPTV Season 1 below or subscribe to the SEE YouTube channel to watch these and other similar videos created within the framework of US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE).

DPTV S1 Episode 1Pilot

DPTV S1 Episode 2Creativity Knows No Limits

DPTV S1 Episode 3Working with a Purpose

DPTV S1 Episode 4Limitless Success

 

Stay Connected and Follow DPTV News on Social Media!

SEE Facebook

SEE Twitter

SEE Instagram

Kadr Studio VKontakte

TigerVision Facebook

     

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

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 light on an important social topic, come join the team of Russian and American anchors and reporters!

To become a part of DPTV, simply send us your video on one of the four topics below by October 31, 2018 to be considered for a full range of episodes!

Topic # 1: Athletes with Disabilities.

Sports have long been an arena where people of diverse backgrounds have been able to come together and realize each other’s fellow humanity, and this is especially true about people with disabilities. Tell us about people with disabilities, preferably from your community, who lead active lifestyles and participate in sporting events.

 Videos on this topic will be featured in our second episode this season, entitled “A Sporting Chance.” 

Topic # 2: Artists with Disabilities.

Art as a media has always been used to depict personal experiences of life, from the realistic to the surreal. This art ranges from dance to literature to the traditional canvas and clay. Tell us of people with disabilities using any of these forms of artistic expression (and any type of art not listed) and how it shows their own perspective on life!

Videos on this topic will be featured in our third episode this season, entitled “Expressing Myself Through Art.” 

Topic # 3:  Volunteers Working with People with Disabilities.

Volunteers are selfless people who devote their time to helping others without expectation of reward. It is time to grant these people the recognition they deserve and convey their stories and how they help people with disabilities. Is there anyone in your community who spends their time helping people with disabilities? Regardless of how they help, whether it is assisting these people in their daily lives, spending time with them, or cooking for them, let’s put their stories on screen!

Videos on this topic will be featured in our fourth episode this season, entitled “Time Well Spent.” 

Topic # 4:  A Day in Life: People Living with Disabilities.

Many able-bodied people assume that people with disabilities live less-than-full lives. Do you know of someone with a disability in your community? Record their day-to-day lives, what they do, how they have fun, how they lead complete and fulfilling lives and send us these stories. Let’s show a person with disability living life!

Videos on this topic will be featured in our fifth and final episode this season, entitled “A Day in My Life.”  

 

Instructions for Submitting Videos

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

Step 2. Fill out this online submission form

 

We will make an effort to share all submitted videos with our international audience!

Every Featured Video Will Receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Student Television Network and Eurasia Foundation. 

 

Rules for Submitting Videos to DPTV Season 2

1.    US teams consisting of students grades 9-12 and Russian teams consisting of students grades 8-11 that are affiliated with a school or private television studio may submit their original videos.

2.    Your video must address one of the four topics listed above.

3.    Preference will be given to videos that do not exceed 90 seconds.

4.    All videos must follow the outlined creative content and copyright guidelines.

5.    All videos submitted to DPTV must contain the following spoken sign-off or closing: Reporting for DPTV in “your town name”, I'm “your name.”

6.    Videos should not contain any spoken sign-offs or intros that refer to your school or studio.

7.    Every team must be prepared to submit a transcript of the video to Eurasia Foundation (EF).

8.    By submitting videos, you give EF permission to use your content for promotional matters.

9.    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 feature multiple videos from the same team in one episode.

10.  Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to send your videos before October 31, 2018 to be considered for a full range of episodes!

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties while filling out forms, please contact us at see@eurasia.org

We look forward to receiving your videos!


SEE is now accepting applications for a new round of the Independent Professional (INP) initiative. We support collaboration among U.S. and Russian social experts in Social Inclusion, Community Engagement and Volunteerism, Social Entrepreneurship, and Youth Engagement and Mentorship.

Independent Professionals will travel to a host country (Russia or the US) during Spring 2019 to collaborate with partner organizations on seeking new solutions for social challenges relevant to both countries.  Upon their return home, independent professionals will implement activities to convey and apply their new knowledge and expertise for the benefit of their colleagues and community. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Application Materials 

Applications for the current round must be submitted by 11:59 PM EST on November 18, 2018 (7:59 AM Moscow Time on November 19, 2018). Early submissions are encouraged. 

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

Request for Applications 

Frequently Asked Questions

Apply Now

 


Disability Partnership TV (DPTV)

The US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange’s Disability Partnership TV is a fast-growing network of US and Russian high schoolers who are passionate about video production and work together to produce quality content on a range of disability-related topics common in both countries. 

 

Competitively selected US and Russian high school students come 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.

The second season of SEE’s Disability Partnership TV is bringing together the students of TigerVision studio from Texas High School in Texarkana, TX, and the students of Kadr Studio in Novotroitsk, Russia. 

 

Meet The Texas High School Students and Get Acquainted With The Kadr Studio Team in The Season II Trailer Below!

Missed The First Season of DPTV?

Catch all previous episodes of DPTV Season 1 below or subscribe to the SEE YouTube channel to watch these and other similar videos created within the framework of US-Russia Social Expertise Exchange (SEE).

DPTV S1 Episode 1Pilot

DPTV S1 Episode 2Creativity Knows No Limits

DPTV S1 Episode 3Working with a Purpose

DPTV S1 Episode 4Limitless Success

 

Stay Connected and Follow DPTV News on Social Media!

SEE Facebook

SEE Twitter

SEE Instagram

Kadr Studio VKontakte

TigerVision Facebook

     

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

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 light on an important social topic, come join the team of Russian and American anchors and reporters!

To become a part of DPTV, simply send us your video on one of the four topics below by October 31, 2018 to be considered for a full range of episodes!

Topic # 1: Athletes with Disabilities.

Sports have long been an arena where people of diverse backgrounds have been able to come together and realize each other’s fellow humanity, and this is especially true about people with disabilities. Tell us about people with disabilities, preferably from your community, who lead active lifestyles and participate in sporting events.

 Videos on this topic will be featured in our second episode this season, entitled “A Sporting Chance.” 

Topic # 2: Artists with Disabilities.

Art as a media has always been used to depict personal experiences of life, from the realistic to the surreal. This art ranges from dance to literature to the traditional canvas and clay. Tell us of people with disabilities using any of these forms of artistic expression (and any type of art not listed) and how it shows their own perspective on life!

Videos on this topic will be featured in our third episode this season, entitled “Expressing Myself Through Art.” 

Topic # 3:  Volunteers Working with People with Disabilities.

Volunteers are selfless people who devote their time to helping others without expectation of reward. It is time to grant these people the recognition they deserve and convey their stories and how they help people with disabilities. Is there anyone in your community who spends their time helping people with disabilities? Regardless of how they help, whether it is assisting these people in their daily lives, spending time with them, or cooking for them, let’s put their stories on screen!

Videos on this topic will be featured in our fourth episode this season, entitled “Time Well Spent.” 

Topic # 4:  A Day in Life: People Living with Disabilities.

Many able-bodied people assume that people with disabilities live less-than-full lives. Do you know of someone with a disability in your community? Record their day-to-day lives, what they do, how they have fun, how they lead complete and fulfilling lives and send us these stories. Let’s show a person with disability living life!

Videos on this topic will be featured in our fifth and final episode this season, entitled “A Day in My Life.”  

 

Instructions for Submitting Videos

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

Step 2. Fill out this online submission form

 

We will make an effort to share all submitted videos with our international audience!

Every Featured Video Will Receive a Certificate of Appreciation from Student Television Network and Eurasia Foundation. 

 

Rules for Submitting Videos to DPTV Season 2

1.    US teams consisting of students grades 9-12 and Russian teams consisting of students grades 8-11 that are affiliated with a school or private television studio may submit their original videos.

2.    Your video must address one of the four topics listed above.

3.    Preference will be given to videos that do not exceed 90 seconds.

4.    All videos must follow the outlined creative content and copyright guidelines.

5.    All videos submitted to DPTV must contain the following spoken sign-off or closing: Reporting for DPTV in “your town name”, I'm “your name.”

6.    Videos should not contain any spoken sign-offs or intros that refer to your school or studio.

7.    Every team must be prepared to submit a transcript of the video to Eurasia Foundation (EF).

8.    By submitting videos, you give EF permission to use your content for promotional matters.

9.    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 feature multiple videos from the same team in one episode.

10.  Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, but we encourage you to send your videos before October 31, 2018 to be considered for a full range of episodes!

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulties while filling out forms, please contact us at see@eurasia.org

We look forward to receiving your videos!


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.