"Bridge It!" Projects 2016

Check out the projects of "Bridge It!" participants in 2016!

"Bridge It!" stands for the values of democracy, critical thinking, and diversity awareness. Shared values are a prerequisite for potential partners and donors. In this sense, the Programme does its best to pay an exclusive attention to the selection of partners and donors for the projects being implemented by our fellows. Nevertheless, "Bridge It!" is not responsible for partners or donors attracted by fellows, shouldn't this information have communicated to the Programme Coordinators in advance.



Time never stops. Neither stops the development of human being. But despite of our developed world there is still place for prejudices and stereotypes. Thus, the project team decided make a contribution towards establishing the society with positive attitude among its members despite on the sociocultural differences.

The project was aimed to create a space for communication and exchange among students of Pskov State University who come from diverse sociocultural background. Organizing the cooking sessions contribute to acquaintanceship of students.

Bringing the project to life, the team organized several events where students were encouraged to show their cooking skills, share meals, share thoughts, impressions, emotions and experiences. In other words, they created a vibrant space for exchange and integration, which will helped to overcome existing local stereotypes and prejudices. The communication of all participants during the cooking sessions helps to immerse oneself into friendly atmosphere of comfort. Especially for those, who do not know how to spend their free time (weekends), Choykxona provides an opportunity to combine learning by doing.

Project team: Farrukh Ergashev, Artem Vazinger (RU)

Project location: Pskov, Russia





Did you know that you should apply on your skin only those cosmetics, which you can eat? No? That's why the this project was implemented. The goal of the project was to inform women and teenagers about harmful cosmetic ingredients and provide practical experience of making natural cosmetics by doing it together during workshops in Kretinga, Lithuania and Imavere, Estonia. 

During the workshops the project team introduced harmful ingredients that are found in cosmetics. By reading labels of their creams, women understood that a beautiful container does not always contain quality and healthy product. After label analysis an alternative was introduced - natural oils, flower waters. Women and teenagers were mixing face creams using those natural oils and flower waters, in fact, for most of them it was their first time to do a cosmetic product themselves. 

Be aware what your skin "eats"!

Project team: Giedre Ringyte (LT) and Marge Nõmmik (EE)

Project location: Kretinga, Lithuania and Imavere, Estonia





As a part of BridgeIt! 2016 program project “Profession as a life mission”, dedicated to professional orientation of school children in St. Petersburg, a master class by the topic “Tailor as a profession” was organized on 27th of October, 2016..

Purpose of the Master class was to deliver the main meaning of TAILOR profession to children, make them aware of this profession and decide whether they are able to become a tailor or not.

The Master class consisted of 3 main parts:

Part 1 - Fashion area overview: fact, well-known couturier’s life stories (game format, interactive session)

Part 2 - Profession “TAILOR”: what’s it like?

Part 3 - Practical part with clothes + entertaining video materials

The Master class was implemented with support of the owner of an atelier “Masterskaya” in St. Petersburg: https://vk.com/club125982062

Follow the project on vkontakte community: https://vk.com/job_mission

Project team: Yulia Bezginova (RU)

Project location: St.Petersburg, Russia





In Vilnius there are almost no events for Russian speaking community which is disturbing for the Russian speakers. In the Lithuanian capital a lot of different events are held permanently (concerts, workshops, festivals, cultural evenings etc.) in Lithuanian language, while 12% of citizens are Russians and even more know Russian as first or second foreign language. People are not motivated for actions because they do not know about the possibilities around them. That was the reason why the project team decided to implement such project and make an event which will help people not to be afraid of developing new ideas in their hometown.

Originally the idea was to unite young Russian speakers from Vilnius. For the start the team wanted to create Russian Community to hold weekly meetings and create cultural events together. Due to the lack of time, later they had changes and instead of forming a Community an Event was organized; but the idea left the same – to unite and motivate young people.

The Event did not only motivated the participants but also helped them to understand what they can and what they should do to begin making new projects in Vilnius. 

Anyone interested could prepare their own workshops on topics important for themselves. Participants had to develop an idea, prepare speech and organize theoretical or practical workshops. It helped them to understand who they are and what they can do also to reach our common aim – to raise awareness among Russian speakers in Vilnius and make them CREATE.

Project team: Karina Kondrationok, Aleksandra Fiodorova (LT)

Project location: Vilnius, Lithuania




So You WOOD!



SoYouWOOD! is a project aimed at raising awareness about the negative stereotypes surrounding freelance creative work in a fun and engaging way: through an online video game. The game features a beginning freelance artist quite literally (with the help of an axe) destroying stereotypes thrown at her by her well-wishing opponents.

The format of a mini online video-game is fun and easy to share. Playing the game and reading the comments section allows freelance artists to experience that there are a lot of their colleagues around them sharing their worries and frustrations. Sending a link to the game to the people close to them — friends, families and colleagues  —  gives freelance artist a means of easily sharing how they feel. The game and discussion around it are a small step towards relieving the tensions and social stigma around the freelance creative community, and making it more accessible.

The game is about to be published on a web gaming portal called Kongregate (kongregate.com). Progress updates and game art can be found on instagram.com/foxlarsson.

Project team: Maria Oshukova, Irina Levina (RU)

Project location: St.Petersburg, Russia





Nowadays, due to the fact that people don‘t sort garbage, dumps occupy more and more space on the planet. Moreover, recycling saves natural resources and energy consumption.

The main idea of the project was to pay people’s attention on ecology and problem of incorrect garbage sorting in Ogre city (Latvia). Project consisted of two parts. First part was work with students in Jaunogre Secondary School, where nowadays are a lot of discussions about ecological problems and separate collection of garbage taking place. There was also a quiz and a drawing competition organized at school. Around 100 participants took par in these activities.

Second part was an event in Ogre, where work results with students were shown to public and communication with citizens was possible. During the event people have acquired a lot of information about separate collection of garbage.

As the result of the project a lot of people have started to collect garbage in their homes, also Jaunogres Secondary School bought special bins for separate collection of garbage and put it in each floor.

Project team: Jekaterina Ivančenko (LV)

Project location: Ogre, Latvia





The main goal of this project was to spread positive opinion about Maskavas suburb in Riga, which has a bad reputation among locals. On the other hand, not many people notice that different nations, religion communities left a trace there and created a special atmosphere, which is still noticeable. Having in mind this context, an excursion/city game in Maskava suburb area was organized, where participants had find out certain stations. At those stations there was a paper hidden with the information about some church, market or park. The orientation in the suburb was facilitated by the map marked with stars (meaning the sites) and photos taken of the particular place where the paper with information is hidden. In every station an interesting question was given about that site. 

Project team: Paulius Narvydas (LT)

Project location: Riga, Latvia





Nowadays the amount of advertising papers and leaflets has considerably increased however the quality and usefulness, on the contrary, has decreased. Usually this paper is directly thrown away with other garbage. Consequently, lots of paper is being thrown away in houses, on streets and then collected at dumps. However, there are different ways of its utilization, but citizens are not aware about it.

Project «Smart advertising» is about increasing of conscious paper usage and informing citizens about current ecological situation in Cherepovets (Russia).

Different events were carried out, like enquiring people on streets and in social networks about their attitude to paper advertisements in their post boxes, installation of boxes for waste paper in some houses, construction of «waste paper» tree (papier-mâché sculpture) and its presentation at one of the city squares. We also printed special stickers for those people who don’t want to receive any advertisements in their post boxes, consequently promoting conscientious attitude to paper usage and advertising.

If you want to join us and get sticker you may check this page - https://vk.com/smart_adv

Project team: Maria Chumachenko, Vladimir Sysoev (RU)

Project location: Cherepovets, Russia




The main idea of this project is to show audience short documentary movies about life and problems of ordinary people in different places. The project team chose movies from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine that cover human rights, ecological, social and moral problems, excluding political issues.

The team invited director of the movie to discuss raised issues and share his opinion about films. This way information was spread among local society about various aspects of life in neighboring countries, their problem and solutions.

Project team: Viacheslav Gorev (RU)

Project location: Vologda, Russia






The project aims to inform people about ways of protection in cases of sexual harassment in public transport and open-air area in Saint Petersburg. This topic was chosen because many women in Russia have experienced different kinds of harassment but don’t react.

A seminar was conducted with 9 participants and 2 experts in psychology and Women studies in the center of psychology “Foresight” in Saint Petersburg. It was an 3-hour open discussion where a presentation about sexual harassment was shown and each of participants could communicate with others, ask questions to experts and get the answers as well as share personal experience and their opinion.

More information about the seminar (in Russian): https://vk.com/event130685881

Project team: Daria Vinogradova (RU)

Project location: St.Petersburg, Russia





“Objectify not” is a social project aimed at raising awareness of objectification of women’s body in media among girls and women and tell them about its negative psychological and physical impact. There is a trend of portraying women as sexual objects in movies, music videos, music, television, books illustrations, magazines, advertising and other types of media. This trend is harmful for our society as the media is responsible for creating social stereotypes about both women and men, and lifestyle ideals, which can easily cause unhealthy social and physical habits.

The project consisted of three parts with different level of participants’ inclusion: discussion, short video advertisement and a long-read article. During the discussion, the project team gave an insight into the notion of objectification for young people, who come to discuss the issue, and looked through the possible damage of self-objectification in our everyday lives. Participants and team together managed to work out the tips how to avoid the detrimental implications it has on us. The information about the issue and results of the discussion were published on the website, which was advertised by a short video in order to expand the word and raise this issue among our target group.

More information about the project: https://vk.com/planeta_manekenov

Project team: Burulsun Bakirova (RU)

Project location: St.Petersburg, Russia





The problem is that most of the teenagers are not able to make choice what to do after school graduation. Since there is common perception that university is the only option, pupils feel pressured from their parents, teachers, peers and society in general. Moreover, there is a stereotype that if you do not go to university, you lose time. As a result, most people end up working not in their field of expertise and doing their job ineffectively. According to the statistics, 55% of Russian school graduates do not work in accordance with their profession.

The project “World with no Limits” was aimed at informing about volunteering and exchange options students could take after school graduation, which, as a result, can form their overall perception of what they want to study and do in life. The project team organized an event where participants gained information about the stereotypes and their influence on our behaviour, as well as received information about different exchange programmes.

Project team: Anna Ereshchenko, Sofia Zhukova (RU)

Project location: St.Petersburg, Russia





The main goal of the project “Ecological Lifestyle” is to increase social responsibility in ecology by developing ecological direction of the actions by Student Council. The following activities were carried out at the university:

1.        Placing container for old batteries at the university (a full container-5 litres in a month – was gathered);

2.        In order to attract more people to to the correct utilisation of this kind of garbage an interactive station game was created, that was participated by 40 students;

3.        Book-crossing was organised at the library;

4.        Preparing informational board with interesting posters about separation of garbage;

5.        Lesson ‘Divide with us’ with interactive games was given for 26 pupils at school ;

6.        Workshop for 22 students in decoration and painting eco-bags was provided thus solving the ecological problem of using plastic bag in a creative way (Check out video from the event!) ;

7.        Participation in competition among all universities in Russia to be the Green University;

8.        Reportage about our ecological activity and visit to the paper processing plant.

All these activities helped to attract students to solving ecological problems.

Project team: Tatiana Zueva (RU)

Project location: Velikiy Novgorod, Russia





IDoCare is an international festival of short documentaries by Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian directors on human rights, the environment and civil society.

IDoCare in St. Petersburg was:

- 8 movies by Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian directors

- discussions with visiting filmmakers from Ukraine and Belarus

- history of the successful crowdfunding campaign Planeta.ru

- an exhibition of augmented reality from 3d Studio Paraplan

- live communication

The festival is held in five cities (three countries): Leipzig, Dnipro, Saint-Petersburg, Vologda and Odessa.

The festival is implemented with the support of the Civil society Forum EU-Russia (EU-Russia Civil Forum)

Project team: Gabriel Rabosh (RU)

Location: St.Petersburg, Russia






Tikhvin – it’s a little town near Saint Petersburg where most of the people work on the local plant. Majority of youngsters move to the Saint Petersburg after the school, because they don’t see self-development in this town and also there is no places for leisure time, except bars. So the project team decided to organize a few training sessions for young people who still live in Tikhvin about public speech, self-development, project management. And during these trainings it is planned to form teams, who will create projects to help locals to be engage in social life in this town, so they can spend their leisure time. 
The first session was carried out on public performances for young people and the team decided together to make next session about project management to help them organize their own projects in teams.

Project team: Gennady Burmistrov, Pavel Ermolaev (RU)

Project location: Tikhvin, Russia






The project «People for People» is about creating a platform for communication among students with special needs and ordinary students at the Petrozavodsk State University. It was implemented with the help of students` voluntary organization «Overcoming» in Petrozavodsk. 4 workshops of the project took place for 4 weeks in October, 2016. The first one was an excursion in the darkness provided by a blind student. The second one was a workshop dedicated to hand-made candles. As the next came inclusive yoga session (for disabled people and people with health problems), and the last one was a workshop concerning public speaking. Through the activities students could develop their personal skills and communicate with other participants. The project team tried to make the participants feel one anothers emotions.

Project team: Polina Pere, Alena Guseva (RU)

Project location: Petrozavodsk, Russia