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February 2019 Vol 2, Issue 2
ANNOUNCEMENTS
More jobs and  op portunities  at 
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( The FLEX Alumni Website)


Call for Applications- The Professional Fellows Program (PFP) The application for the Fall 2019 Professional Fellows Program application is open from February 1- April 1, 2019. The fall program will take place in the US from October 15 - November 23, 2019. FLEX alumni from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine are encouraged to apply for this fellowship program in the U.S. Do not miss this opportunity and find all the details here.


UNDP Ukraine is Hiring
The current job openings at UNDP in Ukraine are listed here. These include openings for Ukrainian as well as International applicants. Thank you, Vasyl '97 for sending these to flexalumni@americancouncils.org. 
Deadline: March 3, 2019


ALUMNI HIGHLIGHTS
FLEX Talks - Magda Markosyan '02 (Marysville, Washington/Yerevan, Armenia)
Watch the tenth and the final episode of our FLEX Talks series here (we will hyperlink once the video has gone live). Magda Markosyan '02 recalls how her exchange year was exciting, strange, tremendous and special, all at the same time. Watch the talk here.


FLEX Alumni at the 2019 Civic Education Week 
Years after their experience with the Future Leaders Exchange Program ended, three superstar alumni were back in the US in February sharing their stories of success on FLEX and with the FLEX Alumni program on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of State. These three FLEX Alumni mentors met with Mr. Lorne W. Craner, president of American Councils for International Education too. Mr. Lorne extended his gratitude to the alumni; Yenlik Beketayeva '11 (Talgar, Kazakhstan/ Houston, Texas), Irina Novac '17 (Paunesti, Romania/ Albuquerque, New Mexico), and Turgut Mustafayev '97 (Baku, Azerbaijan/ Chico, California), and congratulated them on their achievements. Find more about their participation in Civic Education Week here.



NEWS

Self-Defense Workshop in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan
An exceptional City Representative from Northern Kazakhstan, Alena Stakhanova '18 (Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan/Milton, Delaware), organized a self-defense workshop for thirty young women. Alena collaborated with the fitness and wellness center 'My Dream' to teach participants the best techniques of self-defense from an experienced instructor and fitness coach. The event celebrated the United Nations International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women. Read full story  here .


Anti-Corruption Digital Storytelling Workshop in Ukraine
Sophia Yakovlieva '14 (Olexandriya, Ukraine/Centennial, Colorado), the Alumni Coordinator in Western Ukraine, participated in the Ukraine Anti-Corruption Digital Storytelling Workshop that took place in Kyiv from November 8 to 11. The workshop was organized by Christina Monzer of American Councils for International Education in collaboration with Amy L. Hill, Silence Speaks director at StoryCenter and was supported by the America House and the U.S. Department of State. For more info, follow this  link .


FLEX Alumni Romania Implement the Radiera Film Festival
As a follow-on project of the Eastern Europe FLEX-Ability Workshop 2018, FLEX alumna Irina Novac '17 (Paunesti, Romania/ Albuquerque, New Mexico) organized the "Radiera" ("Eraser") Film Festival. Organized with the help from seven fellow high school students the short film competition had the goal of bringing attention to women that had a great impact on Romania's history and are now forgotten. Although an eraser is usually used to remove something that has been written, FLEX Alumni Romania wanted to change that; they wanted to use "Radiera" (the "Eraser") to bring forth to what has been forgotten. To read full story, click  here.


FLEX Talks Kyrgyzstan 
FLEX Alumni Program in Kyrgyzstan hosted a 25th Anniversary Celebration for the FLEX Program. The celebration included speeches in a TED-style format by 10 outstanding alumni of different program years and backgrounds.  Over 90 FLEX Alumni from all years of the program attended the event together with representatives from the U.S. Embassy in Bishkek and Member of Parliament Almazbek Ergeshov. Opening remarks were provided by Ambassador Donald Lu, U.S. Ambassador to the Kyrgyz Republic who welcomed to the stage the amazing alumni from Kyrgyzstan who shared their stories. Click on  this link  for more.




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