With support from the Open World Leadership Center at the U.S. Library of Congress, Keystone hosted groups of professionals from Russia from 2005-2012, sharing knowledge, expertise and important cultural perspectives. These professional exchanges emphasized hands-on, community-based collaborations that promoted partnerships and continued communications between delegates and their American hosts and professional counterparts.
Each delegation focused on social services, gaining knowledge, ideas and practices in community-based services in the United States that they could adapt and apply to their own country or region. The delegations we hosted had varied backgrounds, ranging from psychologists working with children and families affected by the September 2004 School #1 tragedy in Beslan to Ministry officials and human services leaders collaborating on the development of systems of care in Russia.
Through the Open World Russia Civic Hosting Program, we formed enduring relationships with many of the delegates that blossomed into collaborations and projects.