21 results for author: mswamy@sister-cities.org


Sister City Inspires Gold Award Project

The sister cities network has over the years supported countless local youth initiatives, giving youth a chance to not only build cultural awareness but also create lasting friendships. Aesha Rajan, a high school junior from Fremont, CA, is one such youth who, using sister cities as a resource, created a program to connect students from two different cultures.Aesha created this program to complete the Gold Award for Girl Scouts. The Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts and challenges girls in high school to complete a project that can “change the world—or at least your corner of it…” For her project, Aesha decided to create a ...

US/Mexico Sister Cities Association 50th Anniversary Convention

The 50th US/Mexico Sister Cities Association (USMSCA) Convention will be held February 21-23, 2013 in Laredo, Texas. USMSCA, established in 1962, provides assistance in creating new sister city relationships between U.S. and Mexican cities as well as supports existing partnerships.Attendes to this historic Convention will enjoy a line-up of exciting workshops and sessions. VIPs expected to attend and speak at the Convention include Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Consulate General of Mexico in Laredo Miguel Angel Isidro, Laredo Mayor Raul G. Salinas, and USMSCA President George Barks.Attendees will be participating in workshops on “World Trade ...

Santa Clara County-Moscow partnership improves lives of youth

Santa Clara County, California is working with its sister county, the Region and City of Moscow, Russia, to better the lives of hundreds of youth who are without parental care. The sister county partnership has over the past four years, through exchanges and initiatives, furthered extensive collaboration in the social services arena.In November 2012, the County of Santa Clara/Moscow Sister County Commission, along with the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency, U.S.-based NGO EMQ FamiliesFirst, and Russia-based NGO Big Change Charitable Foundation (Bolshaya Peremena) launched the “Building Bridges Project.” The Project is funded by a $57,000 ...

Culver City aids tsunami-affected families in Japanese sister city

In late 2011, eight Sister Cities International members received a Kaiser Permanente Benefits Group grant of $11,350 each to conduct projects with Japanese sister cities in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.One of the grantees was Culver City, sister cities with Kaizuka, Japan. Upon receiving the grant, the Culver City Sister City Committee (CCSCC) decided to identify ways in which they could work together with Kaizuka to assist in the recovery and relief efforts for those affected by the earthquake and tsunami.After extensive research and consultations between the CSCC and Kaizuka city officials, it was decided that the ...

Sister Cities Africa announces U.S. Trade Mission to North Africa

Our partners at Sister Cities Africa have announced a U.S. Trade Mission to North Africa. Please see details below:The U.S. Trade Mission to North Africa will provide 12-15 American businesses with access to commercial interests in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. Sister Cities Africa invites American businesses for one week from April 20th-26th, 2013 to explore opportunities with government entities and businesses in these three countries.The mission will focus on the following key sectors:Energy/Power/ElectricEnvironmental TechnologiesMachineryAgro-IndustryTourismInfrastructureSafety/Security/ITNew TechnologiesIndustrial: Automot...

Opening doors to a rich cultural experience

This Fall, Asheville residents got a chance to experience the rich cultural heritage of their sister city San Cristóbal de las Casas, thanks to Asheville Sister Cities International! ASCI’s “Palenque Rojo” cultural project was the culmination of two years of planning and fundraising and successfully leveraged community resources and partners.San Cristóbal de las Casas is home to the renowned theater group “Palenque Rojo.” ASCI brought more than 20 Palenque Rojo actors, dancers, and musicians to Asheville for their first ever performance in the United States. In two sell-out performances on September 8 and 9 at the city’s 500-seat ...

Sister city relationship furthers access to education, resources

Did you know the sister city relationship between Denver, CO and Axum, Ethiopia has enabled hundreds of students in Axum to receive better access to educational resources? Wondering how? Read on!Denver Sister Cities International (DSCI) along with diverse community partners including the Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSCD) students, faculty, and administrators formed the Ethiopia Partnership Support Committee in 2010 to implement a “textbook drive.” The idea for this drive was initiated after a visit by MSCD faculty to Ethiopia who saw that the newly established University of Axum (estd. 2006) had two library buildinga but hardly any books ...

U.S. Department of State Announces Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

Did you know the U.S. Department of State announced scholarships for American high school students to study abroad? Please see below for details!The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U. S. high-school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Applications for summer ...

Sister Cities International and The Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries sign Memorandum of Understanding

Sister Cities International and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today at the 2012 China International Friendship Cities Conference in Chengdu, China.The MoU paves the way for both organizations to work closely to create new sister city and sister state/province relationships between U.S. and Chinese communities. The two organizations will also collaborate to support existing sister city relationships, identify and cooperate on new initiatives, and share expertise.The MoU was signed by Thomas A. Lisk, Chairman, Sister Cities International, and Madam Li Xiaolin, ...

Condolences from President & CEO Mary D. Kane

On behalf of the Sister Cities International family, I offer my deepest condolences to the friends and relatives of the victims of yesterday’s attack in Libya.Ambassador Chris Stevens and his colleagues made the ultimate sacrifice while in the line of duty. In this time of sorrow, we offer our support to the brave U.S. diplomats and foreign service officers who serve tirelessly in representing our country around the world.- Mary D. KanePresident & CEO, Sister Cities International