The Ukraine Youth Action Networks by MapWorks Learning

Ukraine Youth Action Network

The Ukraine Youth Action Network, is an initiative designed to channel Ukrainian high school students’ wartime anxiety and trauma into positive, student-driven action for themselves and their country. The project enables young Ukrainians whose lives have been disrupted by war to connect with each other and with peers in the United States to jointly develop and practice skills of personal efficacy and leadership as well as develop concrete plans of action to benefit Ukraine. MapWorks Learning’s Ukraine Youth Action Network is funded by the Stevens Initiative, which is housed at the Aspen Institute and is supported by the Bezos Family Foundation.

New classrooms are being recruited for the Fall 2024 (September) and Spring 2025 (January) semesters. If you are interested in participating or would like to learn more, please take a moment to complete this brief application form.

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Tackling the COVID-19 Infodemic

Tackling the COVID-19 Infodemic” is a virtual exchange project that connects high school students for collaboration on the issue of misinformation on social media, especially as it relates to COVID-19. Using lesson plans developed by the Pulitzer Center and others, teachers guide students in their exploration of how misinformation and disinformation on social media are affecting the response to the global pandemic. Students research how the “COVID infodemic” is affecting their own community—and teach their overseas counterparts what they have discovered.

PEACE TRACKS 

Peace Tracks builds culturally competent global citizens and storytellers. Participants navigate new technology and relationships by participating in a cross-cultural virtual exchange built on friendships and collaborative music.  Peace Tracks has operated in Morocco, North Bekka, Beirut and Chicago.  Peace Tracks is a project by MapWorks Learning and Plugged In Band

Christopher Dubia

Christopher Dubia

Executive Director

Helene Theros

Helene Theros

Director of Communications

Kent Lewis

Kent Lewis

Managing Director

Brajesh Singh

Brajesh Singh

Chief Engineering Officer

Andy Long

Andy Long

Director of Learning

Terkpertey Andrews Terku

Terkpertey Andrews Terku

Youth Leadership & Advocacy Development Specialist

Caroline Wojciechowski

Caroline Wojciechowski

Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

David Banes

David Banes

Advisor

David works on supporting access and inclusion through technology across the globe.  He works closely with a range of agencies including UNICEF, WHO and INIT.

Horton Beebe - Center

Horton Beebe - Center

Advisor

Horton is the former president of Eurasia Foundation and chairman of Gazelle Finance. He joined Eurasia Foundation in 1993 and served as the first field officer, establishing offices throughout the Eurasia region and running the Moscow regional office for two years. He served as president from 2006 to 2018.

Laura Engel

Laura Engel

Advisor

Laura is an Associate Professor and Director of the International Education Program at George Washington University and a National Geographic Explorer.

Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar

Advisor

Vijay has been providing leadership for sustainable technology-enabled educational innovation at MIT for the past 26 years most recently as the Founding Executive Director of J-WEL (Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab), and Associate Dean for Open Learning (J-WEL).

Reg Leichty

Reg Leichty

Advisor

Reg advises companies, universities, non-profit organizations, and state and local government about the federal laws and policies that shape and govern education systems. He is co-founder of Foresight Law + Policy.

Alan Mather

Alan Mather

Advisor

Alan is President of the Golden Apple Foundation and a decorated educator.

Fred Mednick

Fred Mednick

Advisor

Fred is a professor of Education at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the founder of Teachers Without Borders.

Marshall (Mike) S. Smith

Marshall (Mike) S. Smith

Advisor (Deceased)

Mike was former Dean of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and Former Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Education.  Mike instrumental in shaping our vision.  He will be dearly missed.