Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (August 21-26, 2012) – The opening ceremony of the Summer School of Democracy 2012 “Civic Education” will be held on August 22, at 9:00 a.m., in the amphitheater of the Dostuk Hotel (425 Frunze str.). Invited guests include Mr. Carey Gordon, USAID Representative to Kyrgyzstan and Ambassador Chantal Hebberecht, Head of the Delegation of the European Union.  The Summer School of Democracy 2012 is implemented by the program of the International Youth Foundation with financial support from USAID and in partnership with the European Union, the United Nations and the Soros Foundation of Kyrgyzstan.

The week-long session kicks off on August 21st with volunteer activities for the development of local communities in new settlements (новостройка) around Bishkek.

The Summer School of Democracy promotes civic education and youth leadership development. The young participants will present their developed social projects at an Ideas fair that will take place on the last day of the seminar. The top projects will be given grants from the Youth Action Fund. After graduation, the 28 participants will provide mentorship support to over 40 vulnerable youth for a six month period.

The program of the International Youth Foundation catalyzes a generation of young people to actively engage in building a stable, prosperous and democratic Kyrgyzstan through a package of services designed to support young people. The project has three primary objectives: inspiring active citizenship among Kyrgyzstan’s youth, preparing youth for the job market, and creating a culture of positive youth development. For more information please visit:

The official sponsors of the Summer School also include Vecherniy Bishkek and KyrgyzTelecom.

This program is one of many assistance projects supported by the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  For more information about USAID, please visit our website at: