03/28/2014 - World Affairs Council of St. Louis Hosts Community Connections Program from Minsk, Belarus

The World Affairs Council of St. Louis will host a Community Connections group from Belarus March 19 through April 9, 2014. The World Affairs Council of St. Louis connects the citizens of the region with the world. The Council's mission is to promote understanding, engagement, relationships, and leadership in world affairs.  Additionally, the Community Connections participants will be welcomed by non-profit organizations, governmental organizations, and various community leaders.  The 10 participants in this group are specialists in the field of domestic violence prevention.  While in St. Louis, the participants will be meeting with experts in the field to study the following:  laws established to protect victims’ rights, social assistance offered to victims, risk factors contributing to domestic violence, and methods used to rehabilitate offenders.


The Community Connections (CC) Program, under the Bureau of Education Growth and Trade (EGAT)/Office of Education of USAID, is designed to promote public diplomacy through the exchange of cultural ideas and values between participants, U.S. families and local community host organizations. The CC Program offers home-stay based practical training opportunities in the U.S. for entrepreneurs, local government officials, legal professionals, non-governmental organization leaders and other professionals from Belarus, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.


The goals of the Community Connections program are to:

  • provide participants with professional training and exposure to day-to-day functioning of a free market system;
  • encourage public-private partnerships in Europe/Eurasia by including private sector and government participants on U.S. visits;
  • create links between U.S. and Europe/Eurasia regions and communities.


The CC group will meet with specialists throughout the St. Louis area.  A few of these include:

  •  City of Black Jack
  • Jewish Family & Children’s Services
  • Legal Advocates for Abused Women (LAAW)
  • Redevelopment Opportunities for Women (ROW)
  • St. Louis County Family Court
  • St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
  • University of Missouri – St. Louis 


For more information regarding the delegation’s visit or to learn more about the Community Connections Program, please contact Autumn Harris, Manager of Community Programs, World Affairs Council of St. Louis at (314) 727-9988, wacstlcc@cs.com or visit the website at www.wac-stl.org