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Educational Development Programs

Getting Down to Business | 2016 - 2018

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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School Linkage Program | 1995 - 2000

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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In Search of a New Democracy – Study Abroad Program | 1998 - 1999

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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Semester Study Program | 1994 - 1997

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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