ICEA is conducting an Open World Program for Journalists, December 2014

International Cultural Educational Association (ICEA) will host the Ukrainian journalists in Palatine, IL in December 5-13th, 2014. The delegates are taking part in the congressionally sponsored Open World Program, which brings young political and civic leaders from nine post-Soviet states to the United States for short-term professional trips. The group will be here under the auspices of the Open World Program, which has been congressionally sponsored since 1999.

The delegation’s visit to Palatine will focus on the Role of social media in civic engagement, Media organizations and Media innovations, network (on blogging service) and autonomous (independent on the content management system and self- hosting). The delegates will discuss the spectrum of services and cooperation with the government and local community and will make presentation their work.

In Palatine the delegates will meet Illinois State Senator Matt Murphy, Mayor of Palatine Jim Schwantz, Also the delegates will visit Palatine Chamber of Commerce, the Media Management Center and Medill School (Northwestern University), NBC Chicago, Civic Lab, Chicago Journalist Association and “Daily Herald”, representatives from an agency of Mayor of Chicago, Ukrainian Independent Radio, local journals, Russian and Ukrainian nonprofit organizations, Media companies and newspapers and familiarize themselves with Palatine historic and cultural landmarks.

Home stays with Palatine-based constituents will allow the delegates to experience American family life. They will also take part in several cultural and community activities, like: meeting with American Ukrainian Youth Association and staff of School of Ukrainian knowledge, visiting museums, schools, attending concerts and shows, and sightseeing tours about Chicago.

ICEA hosted a program for Law Professionals in Chicago

The International Cultural-Educational Association (ICEA) in partnership with Ternopil National Economic University hosted a group of Ukrainian law professionals during August 23-30, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

The program provided presentations and meetings hosted by collaborating organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association, John Marshall Law School, office of the Chief Judge of Cook County Circuit Court and Solex College, which provided opportunities to learn about the American judicial system and to network and build relationships with the local Ukrainian community.

The objectives of this program were to introduce members of the Ukrainian delegation to the:

* American justice system,
* professional legal organizations in Chicago,
* preparation of young candidates for the law profession,
* legal system management and technology,
* international student exchange programs.

Law Professionals in Chicago, ICEA Program August 2014

Law Professionals in Chicago, ICEA Program August 2014

Ukrainian delegation members:

Viktor Bratasyuk – District Court Judge, Professor of Law, Ph.D. in Judicial Science, Ternopil National Economic University;
Iryna Lukasevych-Krutnyk – Professor of Law, Ph.D. in Judicial Science, Ternopil National Economic University;
Oksana Rosoliak – Professor of Law, Ph.D. in Judicial Science, Ternopil National Economic University;
Taras Bagrii – District Court Judge, city of Ternopil;
Svitlana Bocharova – Notary of Law at a Notary Agency in Kiev;
Ganna Grabovska – Professor of Law, Ph.D. in Judicial Science, National Aviation University, Kiev;
Petro Gumennyi – District Court Judge, city of Ternopil;
Oleksandr Kolodii – Lawyer, candidate for election as a Judge, city of Vyshgorod in Kiev region;
Volodymyr Shevchenko – Lawyer, member of Ternopil state Bar Association;
Olha Vasylevych – Public Notary in city of Ternopil;
Oleg Vasylevych – Judge, Ostrog District Court, Rivno region;
Valerii Osadchyi – Lawyer, city of Vyshgorod in Kiev.

ICEA gives special thanks to the following individuals for their magnificent presentations:

Judge James P. Flannery – The Chief of Chicago Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois

Judge Timothy P. Murphy – Chicago Circuit Judge, Cook County, Illinois

Dorothy Brown – Clerk of the Circuit Court, Cook County, Illinois

Melissa Pacelli – Supervisor, Department of public affairs, Office of the Chief Judge Circuit Court of Cook County,

Blanca E. Jara – Supervisor, Chief Judge’s Office, Circuit Court of Cook County,

Beth McMeen – Assistant Executive Director and CLE Director, the Chicago Bar Association

Vera Eliashevsky – Committee Chair, Chicago Sister Cities International,

Virginia M. Russell – Associate Director, Center for International Law, the John Marshall Law School in Chicago,

Michael P. Seng – professor of Law and Director Czech/Slovak Legal Institute, the John Marshall Law School in Chicago;

Ramsey Donnell – Associate Director for Access and Organization, John Marshall Law School,

Christopher Bevard – Associate Director of Educational Technology, John Marshall Law School, and Director of Louis L. Biro Law Library,

Pravednyk Andriy –Consul General of Ukraine in Chicago,

Gene Meltser – Attorney, Birg & Meltser firm,

Marina Chudnovsky – Director of Chicago Division of Solex College

ICEA hosts Open World Program in June 2013

In June 1-9th, 2013 International Cultural Educational Association (ICEA) hosted a group of young Ukrainian leaders in Palatine, IL. The delegates were taking part in the congressionally sponsored Open World Program, which brings young political and civic leaders from Ukraine, Russia, Georgia and other post-Soviet states to the United States for short-term professional trips. This NGO development delegation focused on HIV/AIDS prevention/treatment by local NGOs as well as general fundraising techniques and grant writing by American NGOs.

Our Open World guests were:
1.Mr. Yuri Viktorovych Babchanik: Manager, chief accountant, Rivne branch of All-Ukrainian PLWH Network;
2.Mr. Serhiy Yevhenovych Dmytriyev: Director of Kharkiv branch, All-Ukrainian PLWH Network;
3.Mr. Radyslav Mykolayovych Petriv:Doctor, PSC “Prykarpattyaoblenergo”;
4.Ms. Mariyana Ivanivna Rymarchuk:Department Assistant, Ivano-Frankivsk National Medical University;
5. Ms. Halyna Vasylіvna Kaluzhna: Facilitator

Accompanying them were Larisa Koval, Ph.D, President of ICEA, Sergey Likhovid, Ph.D, Executive director of ICEA and Vita Mindich, Interpreter.

2013 Open World HIV/AIDS Program Chicago, IL

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Our guests were extremely interested in establishing relations with other organizations, in learning how NGO outreach affects people, managing of the decentralized NGO, coordinating NGO activities in the regions, international cooperation and development.

The delegates discussed public awareness campaigns regarding health related issues, preventive methods and treatment of HIV/AIDS, the primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and the newest treatment regimens for HIV infection, psychological assistance programs for women during pregnancy and after child birth, preventive measures among students to prevent substance abuse, reduction of stigma and discrimination in society and the role of media in the public health field. Additional topics of interest included a plan to establish partnerships with medical professionals working with these issues in American medical centers, hospitals and nonprofit organizations. The delegates did presentations about their work.

In Palatine the delegates met Sharon Langlotz-Johnson, Supervisor of Palatine Township. She introduced their mission and talked about the outreach volunteers programs for the community. Then the delegates visited Palatine Opportunity Center (POC), had a tour and round table with Kathy Millin, Executive Director of Community Services and the staff of POC. The Palatine Opportunity Center is a community center that houses a spectrum of agencies and organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of the northwest suburbs’ under-resourced population, including a large percentage of immigrant families.

The delegates paid a visit to the Palatine Police Department and appreciated their new facility. They were very impressed with the meeting with the officer Kellie Poliquin, an Outreach Coordinator of Child Safety and abduction Prevention Program Crime Prevention Unit.

The program participants learned about different models of social work, fundraising and volunteer programs in following organizations: the Chicago Botanic Garden, Forever Young Services and YMCA.

At the Chicago Botanic Garden the delegates met with James Boudreau, Vice President of Marketing and Development; Jennifer Schwarz Ballard, Ph.D, Associate Vice President, Education; Anya S. Maziak, development officer, foundation and government relations.

At the Forever Young Services senior citizen center the program participants met with Marta Litas, president of Forever Young Services. They learned about the nuances of the local non-profit operations for senior citizens.

Annette Tarchala, Relations Manager at the Buehler YMCA, a Youth nonprofit organization in Palatine (YMCA), talked about how their organization helps every child, teen and adult to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.

In Chicago our delegates learned about Ukrainian National Museum and its operation as the largest non-profit organization in the Ukrainian Community in Chicago (meeting with President of Museum Jaroslaw Hankewych and tour with Museum Curator Maria Klimchak), they were delighted to work with the staff of Museum.

At the Museum the delegates attended a meeting with Georg Hrycelak, Executive director of the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America (UMANA). The delegates discussed health issues in Ukraine and USA and exchanged information about HIV/AIDS prevention/treatment.

The meeting with a General Consul of Ukraine in Chicago Pravednyk Andriy Ivanovych took place in the warm atmosphere and promoted further collaboration. The General Council covered the issues of government cooperation, support of the Ukrainian community and professional organizations at the local level.

Meeting with Chicago World through Citizen Diplomacy (Peggy Parfenoff, Executive Director and Maria Krasinski, Youth and Professional Programs Manager) showed the delegates how this large non-profit organization provide the local community with a unique opportunity to build business relationships and lasting friendships with visitors from around the world.

During the discussion panel with Steve Strang, Executive Board of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Chicago, the Open World delegates learned about the strategy, support and resources for young professionals.

Social issues of prevention and monitoring of TB/HIV and AIDS were covered by the Cook’s County Department of Health representatives. Dr. Michael Vernon, DrPH, Director, Communicable Disease Control Cook County Department of Public Health and Dr. Demian Christiansen. Assistant Director & Tuberculosis Program Manager, Communicable Disease Control Unit presented the delegates with the latest HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report and discussed the statistical data about channels of infections in Cook County. The delegates had an opportunity for comparative analysis with the Ukrainian statistics followed by the Q&A session.

The discussion panel with Dr. Thomas Lyons Director of HIV/AIDS Research and Policy Institute at Chicago State University covered the issue of research, policy analysis, training and capacity building to address the HIV epidemic. The delegates shared their experience and advancement on this issue and proposed to connect on this matter with the staff of the Institute.

The delegates were impressed by the social programs of Chicago House & Social Service Agency. The Reverend Stan J. Sloan, Chief Executive Officer staff of Chicago House, talked about the innovative programs that were designed to meet the unique needs of individuals and families who are often disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS, including many individuals in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community as well as minority communities who struggle with health and income disparities.

During the meeting with Curtis Reed, Jr., Chair and John Peller, Vice President of Policy at the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the delegates acquired information about AIDS Foundation as a local and national leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS, ways and procedures for collaboration with community organizations to develop and improve HIV/AIDS services; fund and coordinate prevention, care, and advocacy projects including champion effective, compassionate HIV/AIDS policy.

At the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center the delegates met with Marisol Gonzalez, RN, MPH, Director of Prevention and Education, Daniel C.Taussig, MA, HIV Screening Coordinator Prevention & Education, who focused on HIV Testing, Clinical Settings and Community and prevention programs. The Ukrainian delegates were impressed by their state-of-the-art equipment and work conditions.

The Chicago Public Health Department was represented by David Amarathithada, Director of HIV Prevention and Alfonco Urquidi, Public Health Administrator. They focused on Chicago’s comprehensive HIV Prevention Plan in an effort to make a difference, one person at a time, by helping individuals prevent the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). The delegates had a chance to share their experience and data on this subject as well as ask questions.

Home stays with Palatine-based families allowed the delegates to experience American family life style. They took take part in several cultural and community activities like visiting an art museum, attending a jazz concert in the Millennium Park and sightseeing tour of Chicago.

A special thank you to our hosting families: Evdokija and Ilya Bunin, Sergey Likhovid, Diana and Victor Medvid, Alexi and Oksana Koval.

ICEA hosted Ukrainian municipal leaders in February 2013

The International Cultural-Educational Association (ICEA) in partnership with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (www.auc.org.ua/en ) hosted a group of municipal leaders from the city of Odessa, who participated in a program conducted in cities San Francisco and Long Beach, California in February 18 – 24, 2013. 

The program provided presentations and meetings hosted by collaborating organizations, including the San Francisco and Long Beach Mayor’s offices, local Ukrainian community, meeting with Ukrainian General Consul in San Francisco, which provided opportunities to learn about the innovations in American municipal systems, structure of public services, and budget planning in American cities.

The objectives of our program were to introduce members of the Ukrainian delegation to:
American municipal systems and municipal facilities; such as:
Municipal Budget structure,
Organization of City Administrator’s office,
Organization of city and county governments,
Fire and Police Departments,
Public safety system and 311 call customer service center,
Long Beach seaport operations,
San Francisco Public Library
Sister Cities International programs,
City tours of architectural, cultural and historical heritage sites
Initiatives to develop tourism.

Ukrainian delegation from Odessa municipal government was presented by:
Anatoliy Orlovskyy – Deputy Mayor, Odessa City Administrator
Svetlana Bedrega – Deputy Mayor, Director of Financial Management Department
Mariia Ieremieienko – Director of Legal Department, municipal government
Mykola Pestruiev – Public works adviser in the Odessa Mayor’s Office and elected member of the City Council
Dmytro Polunin – Director of Transportation Agency, municipal government
Oleksandr Riffa – Director of Parks and Landscaping Department, municipal government
Oleksandr Prokopets – Director of street and facility lighting department, municipal government

ICEA gives specials thanks to the following individuals for their wonderful support:

San Francisco:
Linda Yeung – Deputy City Administrator,
Andy Maimoni – Deputy Director of 311 Custom Service Center,
Raymond Guzman – Deputy Chief of Fire Divisions Administration,
Mindy Talmadge – Public Information Officer, Fire Department,
Leo Solomon – Director of IT Division in Police Department,
Luis Herrera – Director of Public Library.

Long Beach:
Robert Foster – Mayor,
Dr. Noel Hacegaba – Executive Officer on the Board of Harbor Commissioners.

We also want to thank the staff of the Ukrainian General Consulate in San Francisco for their help in making our program such a success, especially Sergiy Aloshyn – Consul General of Ukraine in San Francisco, Yurii Babkov – Consul of economic and trade, Oleksandr Savostianov – Consul of the Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco.

Program: Ukrainian municipal leaders in California, February 2013

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ICEA hosted Beauty Industry Program in June 2012

ICEA (Chicago, IL, USA) hosted an educational program-seminar “Beauty Industry in USA – business and marketing aspects”. This program was designed for business owners and managers of beauty studios, beauty supply traders and tourism professionals in Ukraine.

The program took place in New York, NY and Chicago, Il from June 17 – June 25, 2012. Participating members learned about the latest products of the most prominent beauty firms in New York and established business relationships. Visiting the “HBA Global Expo & Conference” in New York was the main event of this program (June 9-11, 2012).

Program participants visited famous beauty salons, cosmetology schools, tourism businesses and received information about possible professional exchange with Chicago Nail Manufacturers Council, which is part of American Association of Beauty Salons.

Program “The Industry of Beauty: professional and management"

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Dzheyranov Yanis in Convention Center in New York. HBA Global Expo & Conference — at New York.
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Roman Labendik - executive director and general manager of “Velena Lab” LLC, Kharkov, Ukraine; Yanis Dzheyranov – self- employed logistics and transportation business, also owner of travel agency, Kharkov, Ukraine. — in New York.
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Yanis Dzheyranov – self- employed logistics and transportation business, also owner of travel agency, Kharkov, Ukraine. — in New York.
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Roman Labendik - executive director and general manager of “Velena Lab” LLC, Kharkov, Ukraine; — at New York.
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Yanis Dzheyranov – self- employed logistics and transportation business, also owner of travel agency, Kharkov, Ukraine attending the HBA Global Expo & Conference — in New York..
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Yanis Dzheyranov – self- employed logistics and transportation business, also owner of travel agency, Kharkov, Ukraine at HBA Global Expo — in New York.
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Roman Labendik,Yanis Dzheyranov and Alexi Koval — in Chicago.
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Roman Labendik - executive director and general manager of “Velena Lab” LLC, Kharkov, Ukraine; Yanis Dzheyranov – self- employed logistics and transportation business, also owner of travel agency, Kharkov, Ukraine. — in Chicago, next to "Chicago Bean".
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Roman Labendik - executive director and general manager of “Velena Lab” LLC, Kharkov, Ukraine; Yanis Dzheyranov – self- employed logistics and transportation business, also owner of travel agency, Kharkov, Ukraine. — at the Willis Tower (Chicago).
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Roman Labendik - executive director and general manager of “Velena Lab” LLC, Kharkov, Ukraine; Yanis Dzheyranov – self- employed logistics and transportation business, also owner of travel agency, Kharkov, Ukraine with president of ICEA Larisa Koval (Chicago) — in Chicago.

ICEA plans a program for prospective International students in July 2013

Updated: March 12, 2013
The International Cultural-Educational Association (ICEA) announces a program for:
prospective students and their parents, young professionals who wish to improve their qualifications, representatives of educational institutions, administrators of private schools, and managers of educational businesses.

The program is planned for July 21st through 30th , 2013, and will involve visiting the following locations consecutively:
New York City,
Boston, Massachusetts, and
Chicago, Illinois.


Participants in the program will be familiarized with:
conditions and procedures for admission and accommodation of foreign students in American educational institutions, useful information about professional organizations, and organizations who work with foreign students. 

The program will include visiting the following educational institutions:
Columbia University in New York City,
Boston and Harvard Universities, in Massachusetts,
University of Chicago and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois.

Participants will learn about:
Necessary preparations for studying in the United States, including language training and entrance tests, opportunities and requirements for post-graduate education, opportunities for professional advancement through specialty training, and American history and culture.

For more information contact Elena Seitz – ICEA Program Director
e-mail elenaseitz@hotmail.com phone             (847) 477-7819   

   

ICEA hosted Rockford (Illinois, USA) and Brovary (Kiev, Ukraine) Sister Cities Program in May 2012

The International Cultural-Educational Association (ICEA) in partnership with the Association of Ukrainian Cities (www.auc.org.ua/en) hosted a group of municipal leaders and business owners, from the city of Brovary (Kiev region) participated in a program conducted in the Chicago area and Rockford, Illinois and New York during May 12 –19, 2012.

The program provided presentations and meetings hosted by collaborating organizations, including the Mayor’s office, Rockford College and Sister City Committee, which provided opportunities to network and develop new business relationships.

The objectives of our program were to introduce members of the Ukrainian delegation to recreational facilities and educational institutions for young people and new initiatives in the Sister Cities International Program.

This group was interested in revitalizing the long standing but dormant relationship between Brovary and Rockford as sister cities. They also discussed about a cultural exchange program between the two communities. Members of Ukrainian delegation are Mayor of Brovary city, Kiev region – Igor Sapozhko, his wife Maryna Sapozhko and doghter Diana;
Brovary city councilman – Andrii Krat and Igor Troshchenko, his wife Olga Troshchenko and son Vyacheslav.

We are very grateful to the Rockford community leaders for meeting with the delegation from the Brovary, Ukraine and arranging presentations and tours.

Our thank you to: Charles J Howard – Director – Environmental Contractors, Inc., Red Montgomery – Director of Community & Economic Development, the city of Rockford, Charles Box – the former mayor of Rockford, Dennis W Johnson – President, Retired
hc Johnson Press Rockford, IL., Stephanie Quinn – Executive Vice President
and Dean of the Rockford College.

About Yana Pidorvan

Yana Pidorvan – ICEA program coordinator, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine


Yana Pidorvan – ICEA program coordinator, Dnepropetrovsk regional manager, Ukraine.
Architect, works for architecture firm “Konkors-S” in Dnepropetrovsk.
Graduated Ukrainian State Academy of Building and Architecture.
Member of the National Union of Ukrainian Architects.
Contact : e-mail yana.pidorvan@gimail.com
Phone: (01138) 0503624970