Regional Charity Foundation Samara Province and Fund For Sustainable Development

To address youth unemployment in Russia, IIE Russia and Alcoa Russia have selected two partner NGOs: Regional Charity Foundation Samara Province (SP) and Fund for Sustainable Development (FSD).

Regional Charity Foundation Samara Province (SP) is located in the Samara Province in Southern Russia. The goal and mission of SP is to support local citizens and organizations to overcome social, cultural and educational challenges. SP achieves its mission by offering different social, cultural and workforce development programs. Accordingly, SP will receive funds to provide a customized workforce development program for 35 unemployed youth from the Samara region. The SP internship program structure will entail close coordination with local partners and industry representatives. Alcoa Foundation funding will provide for a dedicated, part-time project coordinator who will work closely with local partners, including the local manufacturing industry.

Fund for Sustainable Development (FSD) has multiple locations across Russia. Its mission is to promote regional and community sustainable development through concrete projects addressing environmental, social and economic issues in communities across the Russian Federation. As a partner in Alcoa Foundation’s Global Internships for Unemployed Youth Program, FSD will provide customized workforce development training to 15 unemployed youth from the Belaya Kalitva region of Russia.

The Russian programs will consist of two primary components:

1. Internship companion course:

This course will include 200 hours of workforce readiness and counseling content and at least 60 hours of career planning and placement assistance. The class will be required for all project participants and will include both classroom instruction and project-based work that will assist students in developing communication and leadership skills. The course curriculum will also focus on critical skills such as conducting a job search, job interviewing skills and networking.

2. Paid internship component:

Students will participate in 100-hour internship experiences. Experiences will be arranged with industry partners, working in close collaboration with the project coordinator. This work will be facilitated through existing program connections with industry and by the annually career fairs that will be developed and that will allow for further networking by partner schools, staff and student participants. Internship sites will sign an agreement verifying that they will provide safety training for their interns, allow interns to job-shadow employees and engage in hands-on activities on site. All interns will be responsible for a capstone report at the end of their internship period with assistance from industry mentors and SP staff.

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