Three Generations of Citizen Diplomacy

The Bruckbauers
In 1972, Kettering, Ohio established their first sister city relationship with Steyr, Austria. Since then, they have created lasting traditions and legacies together. The two cities have overseen five adult homestays and have conducted an alternating youth exchange for the past 40 years. Kettering and Steyr also participate in cultural exchange: they have been sending music and performance groups to each other’s cities since 1980. Their most outstanding cultural exchanges include when Kettering sent their civic band to Steyr to help celebrate the city’s 1,000th ...

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Sister Cities International Receives Grant from the Stevens Initiative to Expand Virtual Exchange for Special Education Students

WASHINGTON, DC, (November 6, 2017) - The Stevens Initiative today announced the award of a 1.5-year grant to Sister Cities International, one of 13 new grants funded through an international competition to use online, collaborative learning to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people with the skills needed to thrive in a 21st century economy. Sister Cities International is among the second cohort of virtual exchange programs to be funded by the Stevens Initiative, an international effort to build career and global competence skills for young people ...

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Portsmouth welcomes Japanese students

"PORTSMOUTH -- Twenty Japanese students sang a traditional 1904 Japanese song “The Hills of Home” to the assembled student body of Portsmouth High School on Thursday, Oct. 5. The Portsmouth High chorus answered them with the same song, in English, which they’d prepared as part of the Japanese welcome assembly. The visiting students, three teachers and the school principal Shougo Fujiwara formed this year’s delegation from Nichinan Gakuen Junior-Senior High School, Portsmouth High’s “Sister School” since 1997. Their song would have been familiar to Baron ...

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Baltimore and Rotterdam Are Working Towards “Sustainable Cities” Together

Operation Trash
In 1985, Baltimore, Maryland, and Rotterdam, Netherlands established a sister city relationship on some common ground: Baltimore lost a great deal of their infrastructure in the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904, and Rotterdam’s city center was destroyed during World War II. These disasters forced them to rebuild their communities from the ground up in the 20th century. Additionally, both cities are geographically and demographically similar, have a deeply rooted maritime history, and are home to a lot of innovators and cultural strongholds. Baltimore and Rotterdam also face ...

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Lassen Sie Die Musik Beginnen! Sister Cities Wilmington & Wilmington Children’s Chorus Host Fulda Youth Orchestra

Wilmington and Fulda Students in Washington D.C.
Contributed by Tonya R. Richardson of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, Wilmington, DE. The Wilmington Children’s Chorus (WCC) said goodbye, again to good friends this summer after hosting Germany’s Kammerorchester der Jugend Fulda (Fulda Youth Orchestra) for a week of combined rehearsals, performances, friendship, and fun, which began on July 21. The collaboration concluded in a gala concert held on July 29.The project was sponsored in part by Sister Cities of Wilmington, Delaware and the City of Wilmington. The 2017 collaboration between Fulda and Wilmington, ...

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Oceans, Food Safety, and Fun! 2017 Youth Leadership Summit Recap

In concurrence with our Annual Conference, Sister Cities International holds a Youth Leadership Summit each year where students from all over the U.S. and the globe gather to learn about citizen diplomacy and garner leadership skills for a future in international relations. This year’s Summit was extra fun for our students as they enjoyed the sites of Virginia Beach and worked together to solve international issues. Read below for our day by day recap of the Summit. Day One, July 12th: Futures in Citizen Diplomacy On Wednesday July 12th, nearly 90 students arrived in ...

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Sewing Group Changes Lives of Young Women in Africa

Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.There is a sewing group meeting every month here in Seattle and what they are making is changing the lives of young women half way around the world. Nicole Sanchez tells us how this is more than your typical sewing group and how it is keeping girls safe and in school. This is a special project of the Seattle Limbe Sister City Association & Sarah Allen Sisterhood Saturday Sewing Sisters.

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Diplomatic Relations

Meeting with U.S. Congressman Adam Schiff.
Blog contributed by Kiwanis International. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.Kiwanis and Sister Cities Send Six Teens on a Mission to Learn the Virtue of Global Understanding.The fate of the world rested in the hands of Lukos Stefan and other countries’ representatives at a last-hope peace conference in Washington, D.C. Like the other diplomats around him, Stefan had arrived at this meeting as a firm advocate of his nation’s agenda and his personal convictions. Nuclear war was imminent. Compromise was not an option.Not really.But that was ...

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A Sister City Summer

Didgeridoo
Take a glimpse into the world of Sister Cities of Nashville Student Ambassadors on their summer abroad experiences. View all original blog posts here. View Sister Cities International's post on medium here.Didgeridoo!Eghosa Eguakun, Tamworth, Australia, June 24, 2016Today in Tamworth we spent a portion of the day learning about aboriginal culture!We started at TAFE where Lenny, our guide, was able to explain to us the culture of the aboriginals and how they strive to be the one, a whole community. He invited some students and a teacher to speak to us about different ...

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2016 Youth Leadership Summit Recap

Students take a photo with Ambassador Kenichirō Sasae and Mrs. Nobuko Sasae.
Click here to view the original post on Medium. Day 1 On Wednesday, July 13, students flew into Washington, DC from across the U.S. and globe to celebrate SCI’s largest Youth Leadership Summit yet with 115 participants in attendance. Delegates then checked in to the dorms at the George Washington University for a taste of college life. That night, students kicked off the Summit with a reception at the Japanese Ambassador’s Residence where youth and adult conference attendees mingled, toured the beautiful Japanese gardens and tea house, ate delicious Japanese ...

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