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 the Region of 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. This year, the commission is 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.
Youth Scholarship Recipients - Testimonials
Juvenile Justice Open World Delegation - September 2013
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 “Building Bridges to Support Children without Parental Care” 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:
- Hosted a 12-member Social Services Delegation Nov. 5-9, 2012, for the Building Bridges to Support Children without Parental Care in Family-Based Settings Project, supported by the $57,000 grant from Eurasia Foundation U.S-Russia Civil Society Partnership Program (CSPP). The County of Santa Clara/Moscow Sister County Commission, EMQ FamiliesFirst, Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, and Russian Charitable Foundation Big Change (Bolshaya Peremena) partnered to launch a mutually beneficial training program to provide Moscow with the tools to transform the Moscow orphanage care system into a foster care system, and to provide EMQ FamiliesFirst and Santa Clara County Social Services Agency with cultural competency training to enhance their work with Russian children and families in the community.
- Planned and held the "Moscow Nights" fundraising event featuring a festive Russian dinner and the Russian folk ensemble Limpopo, in April 2012.
- Hosted an Open World delegation from Russia in November 2011, for an exchange of best practices in accountable governance, as well as to examine opportunities for future collaboration. The commission was awarded its
second $7,000 grant from Open World to help fund the delegation visit.
- Hosted former Open World Delegate Ms. Olga Klimkina for a return visit in 2011. Ms. Klimkina established an independent living program for emancipated youth in Moscow, patterned after the one she visited in Santa Clara County as part of the 2009 Open World social services delegation. That independent living program in Moscow, visited by the Mayor of Moscow in December 2011, has been extremely successful and will serve as a model for an additional 32 such centers.
- Planned a fundraising event in March 2010 featuring local sensation Slavyanka, with special guest Kostroma of Russian House Kedry, at Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose.
- Sponsored “A Night of Tributes” to Russian poet Alexei Parschikov in January 2010 as part of the Santa Clara County/Moscow Arts Exchange.
- Established the Santa Clara County/Moscow Arts Exchange in December 2009 to foster communication and collaboration between the art and cultural communities of Santa Clara County and Moscow. Activities will be devoted to the establishment and enhancement of literary, artistic and musical ties between professionals in the two regions.
Hosted an Open World delegation
from Russia Oct. 2-10, 2009, providing Russian delegates with the opportunity to meet with the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency and community-based organizations for an exchange of bes
t practices in child welfare and foster care services, as well as to examine opportunities for future collaboration. The commission was awarded a $7,000 grant from Open World to help fund the delegation visit.
Attended the Sister Cities International Conference in July 2006
- Planned a successful delegation visit to Moscow in April 2006, resulting in a formalized agreement to begin developing a relationship with the Zelenograd Administrative District of the City of Moscow.
- For four consecutive years, sponsored and hosted a successful concert, most recently in March 2006, featuring the Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet from the Russian Federation. The concerts were held at Le Petit Trianon Theatre, in San Jose and were well attended and well received.
- Representatives met with the Vice Mayor of Moscow City Government to exchange ideas on activities of interest to both communities.
- December 2003, the Commission co-sponsored a 16-member delegation, primarily Heads of Social Services Administration Districts, from the Moscow City Government to observe and study a number of the model County Social Services and drug intervention programs.
- Created a Moscow Commission Sister-County website.
- Formalized its relationship with Sister Cities International and is now a part of SCI website and annual directory.
- Restructured its Bylaws, Ordinance, Mission Statement and operating procedures. Hosted a delegation of Militia from the Moscow Region in September 2001. The delegates met with various police agencies and law enforcement officials in the County.
- Sent a delegation of ten people to the Moscow Region, Russian Federation to study the possibility of facilitating a major Joint Space and Telecommunications project as well as to explore the feasibility of other exchange possibilities.
- Participated with the Los Gatos Rotary Club’s sponsorship of a delegation of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs from the Russian federation came to learn about the telecommunication business in Silicon Valley.
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