PH International

Kyiv Office

English Access Microscholarship Program

PH International is the primary implementer of the English Access Microscholarship Program (ACCESS program) which was launched in September 2015. ACCESS program is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and aims to make the study of English language more accessible to economically disadvantaged youth. In addition, while working on their language skills, the participants will become familiar with aspects of US culture and thus develop a deeper understanding of current issues in North American society. A greater sensitivity to cultural differences, coupled with the acquired language skills, will enable the participants to take advantage of opportunities that had previously been unavailable to them.

13-16 year old non-elite students will study English for a period of two years.  Each student will receive a total of 370 to 413.5 hours of English language instructions, enhancement activities, and intensive summer programs. ACCESS program run with PH International participation works in 6 locations from September 2015 to August 2016, including: Kharkiv, Odesa, Poltava, Vinnytsya, Tokmak and Chernihivka (both Zaporizhzhya Oblast); and from October 2016 to September 2018 - also in 6 locations: Odesa, Poltava, Mykolayiv, Zaporizhzhya, Slovyansk and Kramatorsk (both Donetsk Oblast). 

The curriculum includes the following modules: Communicative English, American Culture, English through Computers, English through Video and Movies, Communicative Grammar, English through Songs and Games, American History through Visual Arts, English through Sports, English through Arts and Crafts, Leadership training and community service projects. ACCESS curriculum also includes topics of interest related to the subjects taught at school, such as Geography, History, Biology, Art, etc.

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YouthSpark Ukraine

The IDEA project powered by Microsoft Youth Spark in Ukraine focuses on creating new venture, employment, or education opportunities for young people. Economically disadvantaged youth in Ukraine is left behind in accessing the social and economic benefits brought by advancing IT technologies. This is especially true for youth and children living in families hit by poverty, those left without parental care, living and working on the streets, having disabilities, or experiencing other difficult life situations. These issues often mean disadvantaged youth enter the employment age unprepared to be competitive in the modern labor market. As a result, these young people are disproportionally unemployed or have underpaid jobs. The IDEA Project Powered by Microsoft YouthSpark helps youth to gain skills necessary for successful employment, start or continue education, or generate their own income as entrepreneurs.

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Past Programs

Combat Trafficking in Women

The Project Harmony Training Program to Combat Trafficking of Women in Ukraine was an intensive 12-day series of workshops and activities focused on three areas: 1) law enforcement and international legal efforts to combat trafficking; 2) public education, prevention and support networks; 3) the creation of a public-private initiative in Ukraine to combat trafficking. The program goal was to enhance participants' abilities to carry out anti-trafficking initiatives in Ukraine and contribute to international efforts in this area. A group of twenty Ukrainians comprised of government officials, social services and legal professionals and non-governmental organization (NGO) representatives took part in the program in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area and Washington, DC in July, 1998. Follow-on program initiatives with participants on this topic continued through 1999.

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Community Connections Forecast Ukraine

Community Connections was a public diplomacy, economic growth and civil society development program administered in Ukraine by PH International and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program provided practical internship experiences combining seminars, workshops, site visits, meetings with American professionals ane an internship. Participants typically stayed from three to five weeks in the United States and lived with American host families.

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Community Policing Training Initiative

The Project Harmony Community Policing Training Initiative (CPTI) was a two-year program (2000-2002) which provided training to Russian and Ukrainian police agencies, as well as education departments, city government and social service providers in the fields of community policing and juvenile narcotics prevention. CPTI is funded by the US State Department's Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Using a strong network of reform-minded leadership within the local, regional and national law enforcement agencies in the NIS that PH developed while delivering other law enforcement trianing programs in the region, CPTI built upon and enhanced this network to promote the concepts and practices of community policing as a strategic new approach to community problem solving, public safety and crime prevention.

Three distinct program components were implemented as part of this project

The Law Enforcement Exchange Program
(Novgorod, Russia and Simferopol, Ukraine)
Two-way exchange programs were conducted with American and NIS Law Enforcement professionals, followed by US and NIS-based Professional Development Workshops on community policing themes.

The Juvenile Drug Enforcement and Prevention Initiative
(Petrozavodsk, Republic of Karelia, Novgorod, Volgograd and Irkutsk, Russia)
Regional implementation of a comprehensive juvenile narcotics prevention initiative was developed and implemented in conjunction with an American-led train-the-trainers program and regional cross training by Russian trainers in four target regions in Russia.

The Community Policing Institute
(Lviv, Ukraine)
A community policing training institute and resource center at the Lviv Institute of Internal Affairs was established, and it development was supported by a two-way exchange program focused on community policing and police retraining programs as well as the creation of web-based community policing training courses.

The three components of CPTI brought US-NIS collaborative law enforcement exchanges to two new communities. It enhanced the innovative work taking place in Karelia on juvenile drug enforcement and prevention and expanded this initiative regionally and nationally across Russia. The establishment of the Community Policing Institute in Lviv, Ukraine consolidated community policing training resources and materials into a sustainable center focused on providing professional development training and education for law enforcement officers across Ukraine. Finally, this entire endeavor to develop community policing initiatives across the NIS was documented and promoted through public outreach efforts at the local, regional and national level, as well as through a comprehensive network of web sites and online resources, ensuring the program wide exposure to diverse audiences across the NIS.

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Domestic Violence Community Partnership Program - Ukraine

The dynamics of domestic violence in eastern Europe are essentially the same as in the United States. What does differ dramatically between these two cases however is the social awareness of the problem and the tools available to prevent and defend against acts of domestic violence. At the turn of the millenium, this problem in the former Soviet Union was aggravated by inherited cultural traditions, social structures and norms of behavior which have historically tolerated domestic violence. In 1998, Project Harmony received a grant from the United States State Department to administer "The Domestic Violence Community Partnership Program." This innovative two-year program brought together coalitions of domestic violence prevention and response experts from the United States, Russia, and Ukraine - later expanding to Georgia -  to share strategies and develop community-based tools for increasing awareness of this problem, and protecting women in culturally relevant and law enforcement-supported ways. Participants learned about collaborative models in the U.S. establishing domestic violence community partnerships that were producing measurable and positive results. Working linkages between police, victim advocate groups, prosecutors, judges, health care professionals, family counselors and schools are producing an effective coalition of community based services to attack the systemic issues of domestic violence.

The program initially focused on Petrozavodsk and Volgograd in Russia, and in Odesa and Lviv in Ukraine. Based on the success of the first two-year initiative, Project Harmony received another grant in 1999 to continue the program for an additional two years and to extend the locations to include the cities of Irkutsk in the Far East of Russia, Uzhgorod in Ukraine, and Tbilisi in Georgia.

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Getting Down to Business

In August 2016, the Department of State, and U.S. Embassy in Ukraine supported  the Getting Down to Business Project (GDTB Project) aiming to support an English-language and skill building program for 75 young entrepreneurs and youth who would start their own venture. The project has been implemented by PH International, and is run from Sep. 1, 2016 through Aug. 31, 2017 in Volyn and Kharkiv Oblasts (Regions) of Ukraine.   

The project classes started in November – December 2016 in four cities: Kharkiv, Lutsk, Kovel, and Volodymyr-Volynsky. The GDTB Project especially encouraged applications from unemployed young people from disadvantaged families, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by the on-going Russian military invasion and  war veterans with limited practical experience and few financial resources but who are eager to start their own small businesses. Special effort was given to including young women.

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In Search of a New Democracy – Study Abroad Program

This program was a team effort between PH and the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University and provided annual one-month intensive academic programs for two years. In Search of a New Democracy offered MSU students a unique opportunity to study first-hand Ukraine's transition from communism to a free-market economy, providing classroom and field experience that included homestays in Lviv and Kyiv. The program had special focus on old and new problems facing Ukrinian law enforcement and their struggles to adapt, consolidate and reconfigure their system and deal with new criminal issues arising in an open and free society. 

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Information Dissemination and Equal Access (IDEA) - Ukraine

The Information Dissemination and Equal Access (IDEA) Project was a partnership between PH International and the Microsoft Unlimited Potential Program. IDEA created and supported community-based Internet centers which provided residents with free technology training and access to computers. These aptly named IDEA Centers increase the quality of education and the level of social and cultural development in the communities where they operate. IDEA also worked to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged groups by supplying specialized computer software and training aimed at expanding their educational, employment, and community-building opportunities.

Centers were opened in seven cities: Kherson, Sumy, Vinnytsia, Donetsk, Simferopol, Chernivtsi, and Cherkasy.

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Law Enforcement Exchange Program

Since 1995, Project Harmony has been involved in training and education programs for police, law enforcement officials and criminal justice experts from the United States and the NIS. Police and law enforcement officials from Texas, Louisiana, Colorado, New York, Vermont, Massachusetts and New Jersey have participated in programs in Petrozavodsk, Volgograd and Oryol, Russia and Lviv, Uzhgorod and Odessa, Ukraine. Project Harmony was selected by the Department of Internal Affairs in Russia to coordinate the year-long hosting programs for three Yeltsin Scholars in law enforcement. In the fall of 1997, the Project Harmony-State Department Law Enforcement Exchange Program brought 12 Fellowship law enforcement candidates from the NIS to live in US host families and intern with local US law enforcement individuals and departments from October to December. Four partnerships between US schools of criminal justice and Institutes of Internal Affairs in Russia and Ukraine conducted exchanges in 1997, 1998 and 1999. By the spring of 2000, over 140 US and 140 NIS officials will have participated in Project Harmony law enforcement exchange programs. Project Harmony has received funding from the US State Department to continue Law Enforcement Exchange Programs with Russian and Ukrainian participants through 2000.> More

School Linkage Program

In 1989, Project Harmony initiated the School Linkage Program in which students and teachers from schools in the United States and the former Soviet Union were matched directly. During the academic year Americans traveled to the NIS for a two to three-week period during which they lived in the homes of their counterparts, attended classes at the host school and participated in a cultural program. Each NIS partner school designed its own itinerary so every program was unique. Similarly, the NIS participants traveled to the US for a two to three-week visit in which they lived with American families and participated in a program designed by the US school. Exchange groups varied in size from 10-25 persons. American schools could elect to be paired with a NIS school in a specific location or with a special focus such as English language, music, mathematics, computers, science or art. A Project Harmony staff member fluent in English and Russian accompanied each group in the NIS to facilitate the exchange. Project Harmony was one of the organizations designated for school partnerships by the United States Department of State – Educational and Cultural Affairs Division and has received support yearly from the Department of State for school linkage programs from 1993 - 2000.

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Semester Study Program

The Semester Study Program brought teenagers from Russia, Georgia, Ukraine and Belarus to the United States for a semester of study in American high schools. Between 50 and 100 15-18 year old high school students each year participated in the program, hosted by families across breadth of the U.S. Participants without exception were bery thankful to PH, the USIA's Freedom Support Act program, and most of all their host families for their experience. Follow-up surveys offered statements such as:

"When I got home, I had lots of ideas of things I wanted to do - like starting a student government, clubs for sports, and helping elderly people"

"We are going to try to start something here in Tomsk - going to orphanages and helping kids."

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Ukraine/Michigan Program on Integrating Ethics into Democratic Governance

A follow-on to the In Search of New Democracy program, PH, the School of Criminal Justice and the College of Social Science at Michigan State University again conducted an intensive program in Ukraine on Integrating Ethics into Democratic Governance.

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Ukrainian Police as Leaders in Athletics for Youth

The Police as Leaders in Athletics for Youth: Ukraine (UA PLAY) program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affair’s under the SportsUnited International Sports Programming Initiative, and implemented by PH International. The program will take place from September 2015 to December 2016.

The goal of the UA PLAY Martial Arts is to inspire and strengthen Ukrainian community-based youth sports programs that bring youth and police together to promote positive growth and healthy lifestyles among youth and reinforce community policing practices.

PH will conduct a two-way sports and cultural exchange with participants (adults and youth) from Ukraine and the United States. In early 2016, twelve (12) officials and youth practitioners from Ukraine will visit the U.S. and be introduced to approaches and options for community-based youth sports programming, with special emphasis on programs models that bring youth and police together. Exchange participants will return home, to develop and execute action plans resulting in three regional community-based sports initiatives that can serve as pilot and demonstration programs for a broader effort in the future. In June 2016, twelve (12) Americans, including youth martial arts athletes, coaches, and police officers involved in sports programming will visit Ukraine to provide added technical assistance, conduct workshops, and clinics and build momentum for the new sports initiatives.

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Ukrainian Women Parliamentarians Exchange

The Project Harmony Training Program for Women in the New Parliament of Ukraine took place in January, 1999. Nine participants, including legislators, aides and journalists traveled to the United States for an intensive twelve-day program in New York/New Jersey and Washington, DC. The program increased participants’ abilities to improve the legislative process in Ukraine by increasing the effectiveness of women as legislators and increasing the understanding of how policies affect women. The program provided participants with a comparative look at the American political process through a number of focussed lectures, seminars and meetings with leading educational centers, political organizations and politicians.> More