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

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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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Sister Cities International Announces Winners of 2016 Annual Awards for Innovation in Youth and Education

WASHINGTON, DC –The 2016 Sister Cities International Innovation Award for Youth and Education recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.The award was given to SCI organizations in three cities in different population categories. Sister Cities of Wilmington, Inc. (SCW) of Wilmington, Deleware won for cities of under 100,000 people; Bellevue Sister Cities Association (BSCA) of Bellevue, Washington won among cities with population under 500,000 and ...

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Sister Cities International Announces 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners

Over 100 students from around the globe ages 13-22 interpret peace through art, film, writing, and photography for the 28th Annual Young Artists and Authors ShowcaseWashington, DC (June 16, 2016) – Today, Sister Cities International (SCI) announced the winners and finalists of the 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase. For nearly three decades, SCI has leveraged the power that art has to transform societies and transcend cultural boundaries through the Young Artists and Authors Showcase. The Showcase has given youth ages 14-18 from around the globe the opportunity to ...

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Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition Mentor Q&A

Q&A with Rhoda Toback, Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition Mentor, Columbia, Maryland. Click here to view the original blog post on Medium.The following post features a Q&A with Rhoda Toback of Columbia, MD, who served as a mentor in the Imagining Tomorrow H20 Competition during fall 2015. The competition was conducted in partnership between Sister Cities International (SCI) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in order to connect U.S. science mentors with high school student teams across the globe to propose sustainable water solutions for the students’ ...

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#KidsNeedKiwanis: Key Clubber wins Sister Cities scholarship to expand her service impact

Shannon Louie
Blog originally posted on Kiwanis International Dateline. Click here to view the blog on Medium.Shannon Louie believes every act of kindness is an expression of world peace. “As long as I make an effort to impact others, I have succeeded in making an imprint on world peace,” she said.Louie’s experience earned her a US$700 scholarship from an association within Sister Cities International, a Kiwanis International community partner that advances better alliances to drive global change, improve the lives of children and help communities to thrive around the ...

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‘Imagining Tomorrow: H2O’ Challenge Announces Winning Teams

Teams of students from the U.S. and Ghana propose high-scoring solutions to water issues in their communities, with help from expert mentors. NEW YORK, March 2, 2016— The Imagining Tomorrow: H20 challenge, an initiative of the Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences and partners Sisters Cities International and Sqore, announced two winning student teams, one from the U.S. and one from Ghana. The challenge was developed to encourage students ages 13-17 from around the world to create innovative science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-focused ...

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Sister Cities Chess Partnership Unites Students around the Globe in Intellectual Competition

Atkins High School Chess Team at State Scholastic Tournament in 2015
Blog by Jonathan Plaster, Chairman (Coach) of Atkins Chess club, Atkins High School, Winston-Salem, NC; Sharon Glover, Sister Cities Ambassador for Freeport & Nassau; Shaun & Catia Gittard, Sister Cities Ambassador for Ungheni, Moldova; and Shawn Sorsby (Coach), Bishop Micheal Eldon School, Freeport, Grand Bahama. Click here to view the original post on Medium.Ever since chess was invented around 1,500 years ago, players from around the world have sat across the board from each other to compete on an equal playing field, regardless of age, gender, ...

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50 Years of History and Friendship: A Trip to Shizuoka

Fumiko and Masahiro Sone. A retired TV executive, Masahiro Sone was a child when Shizuoka was bombed by the U.S. in 1945. [Photo by Michael Kelly/The World Herald]
Blog by Mary D. Kane, President and CEO, Sister Cities International. Click here to view original post on Medium.This November I was extremely privileged to travel to Shizuoka, Japan along with an official delegation from their sister city Omaha, Nebraska. This partnership has a long, complicated, and exciting history, like many sister city partnerships.It all started in 1965 when a group of people in Omaha, Nebraska decided that they should form a sister city relationship with a city in Japan — Shizouka. What makes this partnership interesting and impactful is that ...

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