The County of Santa Clara/Moscow Sister County Commission is committed to fostering the close working relationships among the art, commerce, culture, education, technology and government communities between the County of Santa Clara and Moscow and Moscow Oblast, Russian Federation.
COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS - 2018
The Commission was awarded its 5th Open World grant from the US Congress. The Moscow Commission will host a Public Defenders delegation from Moscow in September of 2018. The delegates will participate in discussions and field trips throughout the County and will be home-hosted by county residents.
Through the Moscow Commission’s Education Connection program, Dr. Kate Booth, Christopher High School’s theater teacher, conducted a series of theater workshops at the Slavic-Anglo-American School in Moscow in February.
The Slavic-Anglo-American-School sent a theater delegation to Christopher High School in March. The Russian students, who were home hosted by Gilroy families, participated in theater workshops and performed a joint production of Fahrenheit 451 with Christopher High School students.
COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS - 2017
Christopher High School in Gilroy sent a delegation to Moscow in March to participate in the Slavic-Anglo-American School’s Shakespeare festival. The delegation was comprised of 15 students and 2 teachers. In addition to performing their own pieces in the festival, the Christopher High School students and the Slavic-Anglo-American School students joined forces to present a crowd-pleasing interpretation of “There’s No Business Like Show Business”.
A delegate from the Moscow Commission visited the hospital school at the Dima Rogachev Scientific Centre of Children's Oncology in Moscow to explore future collaborations with the hospital school at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital.
The Moscow Commission hosted its 4th Open World delegation in September/October. The theme of this delegation was Inclusive Education. The delegates visited 13 organizations in Santa Clara County that provide inclusive education programs for both children and adults with mental disabilities. Abilities United, one of the local organizations, and Veras, one of the delegate’s organization, have applied for another grant to enable them to share best practices on Social Inclusivity for adults with mental impairments.
COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS - 2016
Moscow’s Slavic-Anglo-American School sent a delegation to the Santa Clara Science Fair. In addition to participating in the Science Fair, the Moscow Commission arranged for the students to be trained and work as docents at the Tech Museum in San Jose and to shadow students at Christopher High School in Gilroy for one day.
Initial discussions were established between the hospital school at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto and the hospital school at the Dima Rogachev Scientific Centre of Children’s Oncology in Moscow.
COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS - 2015
Education Connections Program
The County of Santa Clara-Moscow Commission Educational Connections Program is intended to create lasting relationships between K-12 schools in the two regions through projects from simple email exchanges to web-based collaborations. In 2015 the Moscow Commission started working with local schools in Santa Clara County to identify projects of interest with schools in Moscow.
In March 2015, the Moscow Commission facilitated visits with Harker School and Christopher High School in Gilroy for a visiting delegation of students from the Marina School in Russia. The Russian students shadowed the local students, and the Marina School principal met with teachers and administrators of the schools to talk about future potential collaborations. Those collaborations are expected to roll-out during the 2015-2016 fiscal year.
COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS - 2012-2014
Youth Leadership Summit - Sister Cities International Conference
The Moscow Commission launched an exciting project in 2014, in cooperation with the County's other sister county commissions, to provide youth scholarships for local students to attend Sister Cities International 2014 Annual Youth Leadership Summit in San Jose. The commissions sent nine students to the conference.
The Moscow Commission sponsored three students to attend the conference, so they could join other youth from around the world to learn about important global challenges and the ways in which different national experiences drive international cooperation on critical issues.
Over 100 high school students from the United States, Germany, Japan, China, and South Korea participated in the Youth Leadership Summit. The summit engaged youth in the Sister Cities International network while exposing them to important international challenges focused on the theme, Water as a Shared Commodity. The educational G20 simulation provided students with a platform to learn about diplomacy, international relations, critical thinking, and teamwork. Throughout the weekend, students participated in various activities in addition to their classroom sessions.
COMMISSION HIGHLIGHTS - 2013
Juvenile Justice Open World Delegation
The Moscow Commission was awarded an Open World grant to host a delegation from Russia to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices in juvenile justice, Sept. 13-21. The Moscow Commission partnered with the Santa Clara County Probation Department to create a program that gives a comprehensive look at the Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice System. The program includes site visits to the Juvenile Court, William F. James Ranch, and Bill Wilson Center. The delegation met with both government and community-based organizations to exchange information about the Russian and U.S. Juvenile Just Systems, and to learn about the rehabilitation services provided to youth and their families.
County of Santa Clara/Moscow Sister County Commission Wins Sister Cities International Innovation Award
The County of Santa Clara/Moscow Sister County Commission (Moscow Commission) has won the Sister Cities International Innovation Award for Youth and Education, for its work to improve lives of at-risk youth and foster youth in Santa Clara County and Moscow, Russia. The award is for the Moscow Commission’s 4-year effort starting with its Open World Child Protection Project of 2009 and culminating in its 2012 Building Bridges Project that created a training program to provide Moscow with tools to give support to orphanage graduates and to transition from an orphanage based system to a foster care system. The project also provided Santa Clara County-based social services workers with cultural competency training to enhance their work with Russian children and families in the community. Read more.
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The commission and its local partners launched the Building Bridges grant project to transform the Moscow orphanage care system into a foster care system, and to provide cultural competency training in Santa Clara County to enhance work with Russian children and families in the community.
The commission continues its relationship with Ms. Olga Klimkina, former Open World delegate, as she expands and enhances the Independent Living Program (ILP) for youth in Moscow. Modeled after the Santa Clara County ILP program she visited in 2009, the program has opened four ILP centers in Moscow with a total of 32 planned.
A few highlights of the County of Santa Clara/Moscow Sister County Commission's activities are listed below. Specifically, the Commission:
The Commission is self-supporting and promotes positive exchanges without receiving governmental assistance.
County of Santa Clara/Moscow Sister County Commission
Office of the County Executive
Attn: Office of Public Affairs
70 W. Hedding St., 11th Floor
San Jose, CA 95110
PH: (408) 299-5115
FAX: (408) 295-2192