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After three months, the FLEX Alumni Emergency Grant Program has concluded, funding 31 projects to date that will contribute to the support of displaced and internally displaced people. Learn about several of the alumni-initiated projects below. 
Angels of Freedom
Olga Chyzhova ’05
Children from displaced families in Chernihiv, together with their new classmates, are making dolls that they call "Angels of Freedom," selling them at schools or city fairs, and using the raised donations for reconstructing schools in Chernihiv. Alumni have held a few such events in Belgium, Italy, and the U.S. Many more events are being prepared and will be held in the coming months.

Arts & Crafts
Viktoryya Kopchak ’02
At a local arts and crafts community event in June, Viktoryya created a unique space for local hosts, their guests (IDPs), and their children to get to know each other better, overcome their stereotypes, and realize that they have more commonalities than differences. While adults communicated, the children had fun with arts and crafts stations, outdoor team games, and activities led by visiting presenters. 

Meal Distribution
Victoriya Dzuba ’97
Through the “Multihuman.life” initiative, Victoriya is helping internally displaced people find needed resources like food, clothing, and medicine. Recently with local volunteers, Victoriya organized several spots where volunteers cooked and distributed hot meals to people left without housing from the Kyiv region.

Alumni Internship Program Hosts
The Alumni Internship Program is seeking host organizations for the Fall 2022 cohort. 

Do you work for an organization interested in hosting talented FLEX or YES alumni interns? We are accepting applications through June 28, 2022. 
Ivan Verstyuk ’00
Blogger, Author, and Journalist for Ukraine 

English Book Drive for Students in Tavush

Inspired by the proverb, "Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach a man to fish and he eats for life," a group of alumni studying at the American University of Armenia (AUA) organized an...

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Volunteers in Georgia Lead Sustained Countrywide Impact...

Eleven volunteer City and University Representatives in Georgia have implemented over 170 events in eight months and successfully adapted to virtual settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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"Take Care Mom" Project Empowers New Mothers

Around 20% of women report experiencing psychological issues during or after birth, according to research from "The Lancet" medical magazine. Yet, professionals have also found that...

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Green Hack for Europe Encourages Sustainability

On March 30, City Representative Neda Miltinyte '20 (Siauliai, Lithuania / Nampa, ID) organized the "Green Hack for Europe" at the Siauliai Business Incubator.

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The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program is a United States Department of State-sponsored program for secondary school students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine. The program provides merit-based scholarships for students to travel to the United States, live with a host family, and attend a U.S. high school for a full academic year. Learn more at www.discoverflex.org.
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