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Georgian Police as Leaders in Athletics for Youth | 2014 - 2015

The U.S. group  included one girls’ and one boys’ basketball team, coaches, and representatives from the Police Athletic League.The Georgian Police as Leaders in Athletics for Youth (GE-PLAY) Basketball 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 2014 to December 2015.

The goal of the GE-PLAY Basketball program is to inspire and help officials and community groups in Georgia to adopt policies and approaches that promote development of community-based youth sports programs. Building on PH’s work in the GE CALLS program, youth sports initiatives will draw upon local police and others as resources to provide positive opportunities for youth aged 7-17 to practice leadership, responsibility, teamwork, healthy living and self-discipline.

PH will conduct a two-way sports and cultural exchange with participants (adults and youth) from Georgia and the United States. In early 2015, ten (10) officials and youth practitioners from Georgia 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 10-15 community-based sports initiatives that can serve as pilot and demonstration programs for a broader effort in the future. In early summer 2015, sixteen (16) Americans, including one boys and one girls basketball team, coaches, and police officers involved in sports programming will visit Georgia to provide added technical assistance, conduct workshops, and clinics and momentum for the programs that are being developed.

ECA SportsUnited: http://eca.state.gov/programs-initiatives/sports-diplomacy

International Exchange Alumni: https://alumni.state.gov/

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Scottish Study Abroad Program | 2013 - 2014

The Scottish Study Abroad Program, was funded by the U.S. Embassy’s London Public Affairs Office in England and implemented by PH International from March 8-22, 2014. The objective of  this two-week, U.S.-based exchange was met by providing an opportunity for six education professionals from Scotland to increase their knowledge about and to promote the use of study abroad opportunities to university students and educational institutions in Scotland.  Exchange participants also learned how to provide informed advice and counseling to students interested in these opportunities; and to how measure, document and communicate the outcomes of studying abroad in the United States.

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Community Connections Hosting | 1996 - 2014

Program Information
PH is the only partner in the Community Connections global program that hosts groups as well as recruits for professional development opportunities in target countries. Over the years we have hosted groups from more than a dozen countries on programs ranging from agricultural production to the arts. Participants typically spend 3 weeks in Vermont, staying with host families and having a series of meetings with relevant professionals, organizations and institutions appropriate to the theme and objectives for the exchange.> More

Community Connections Forecast Armenia | 2005 - 2011

2005-11 Final Report (.pdf)

The long-running Community Connections program was administered in Armenia by PH International and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The program promoted public diplomacy, economic growth and the development of civil society in Armenia and Eurasia through an exchange of experiences, culture and values among program participants, American families, host businesses and local communities.

CC served as a practical internship program, combining seminars, workshops, site visits, and meetings with American professionals with hands-on practical internships. Participants typically stayed from three to five weeks in the United States and lived with American host families.

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Community Connections Forecast Azerbaijan | 2005 - 2011

Community Connections is a United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded program. The Community Connections program offers three-week practical training opportunities in the U.S. for entrepreneurs, local government officials, health workers, legal professionals, non-governmental organization leaders and other professionals throughout Azerbaijan. The program is designed to promote public diplomacy through the exchange of cultural ideas and values between participants, U.S. families and local community host organizations.

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Community Connections Forecast Georgia | 2005 - 2011

The Community Connections program in Georgia was administered by PH International and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Community Connections promoted public diplomacy, economic growth and the development of civil society in Georgia and Eurasia through an exchange of experiences, culture and values among program participants, American families, host businesses and local communities. A practical internship program that combined seminars, workshops, site visits, and meetings with American professionals with hands-on practical internships, Community Connections provided participants with an experience lasting three to five weeks in the United States and with an American host family experience.

The Community Connections program:

  • Provided participants with professional training and exposure to the day-to-day functioning of a free market system
  • Encouraged public-private partnerships in Georgia by including private sector and government participants on US visits
  • Created links between US and Georgian regions and communities
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Community Connections Forecast Ukraine | 2005 - 2011

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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Ukraine/Michigan Program on Integrating Ethics into Democratic Governance | 1999 - 2000

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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Ukraine/Michigan Program on Integrating Ethics into Democratic Governance | 1999 - 2000

Ukrainian Women Parliamentarians Exchange | 1999 - 2000

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

Law Enforcement Exchange Program | 1995 - 2000

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

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