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Natalia Krasnobaieva Natalia Krasnobaieva, M.A.

Graduated: 2013
Hometown: Kerch, Ukraine

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Natalia's career started while she was still a student and was invited to work as a librarian and program coordinator for the U.S. Embassy's project in Ukraine called Window on America at the Library Resource Center at Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical University. After a year, Natalia applied for and won a grant from the U.S. Embassy to work on the EducationUSA project in Crimea, Ukraine, as an educational adviser. In 2010 she took the lead to manage the program for the entire region of Crimea, Ukraine.

At the same time, Natalia volunteered for six years and then was hired to work as a lecturer on the Prevention of Abusive Behavior among youth for the Centers for Life International. She interacted with hundreds of students from different backgrounds in the region, helping to educate young Ukrainians and address their questions in the spheres of sexual education, alcohol and drug addiction, and HIV/AIDs issues.

Natalia has volunteered for a variety of children’s and youth camps in Southern Ukraine, where she went from camp counselor to program director in just a year. The main volunteer work was her work as an amateur youth drama theater director in Simferopol, Ukraine, for seven years.

Currently, Natalia is working on the Youth Civic Leadership Engagement Exchange Program between Minnesota and Ukraine within the Brimeyer Fursman, LLC, Executive Search and Organization Development Consulting firm based in Minnesota. She hopes to conduct research on the importance of civic engagement and implementation of an extracurricular activities program as a part of the mandatory academic experience for secondary school students of Ukraine. To enhance her knowledge of young students and international education, she volunteers for University of Minnesota International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) as an international student ambassador and as an amateur youth theater director for Shalom Youth Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Thesis Topic

The Future of Youth Civic Engagement in Ukraine: Lessons from the Youth Leadership Engagement Exchange Program Minnesota-Ukraine

Revised August 2013