In 2019, for the tenth year in a row, RAF has been selected as an implementing organization for the prestigious NSLI for Youth Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. RAF’s NSLI-Y Program empowers American youth and prepares them to be future global ambassadors through a unique opportunity combining Russian language instruction, cultural immersion, pre-professional and career related experiences.
The Russian American Foundation is a nonpartisan organization founded in 1997 to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the US, as well as to promote reciprocal interest in and understanding of American heritage among global Russian-speaking communities.
Over the years, RAF’s mission has expanded to incorporate national programs aimed at:
Promoting economic and social development, progress, and well-being within the Russian-speaking community of New York and the greater United States
Promoting a better understanding and acceptance of the Russian-speaking community among the various other communities of New York and the greater United States.
Assisting the Russian-speaking community of New York and the greater United States in preserving its heritage, culture, and language.