july program

Theme: Youth Leadership in Education

Date and Time: July 20, 2022 at 11 AM ET

Application Deadline: July 8, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

We are excited to announce that during our third SCI Youth Chat we will discuss “Youth Leadership in Climate Action” in the context of UN Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education!

As an avid supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we understand that a quality education is the key to a prosperous and fulfilled life. But, education has been in crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and no one knows this better than you – the students- .

We will be discussing how young people can be leaders in education, even as students. The COVID-19 pandemic created the first of its kind global education crisis that the world tried to solve. We believe you, as students, can provide a critical perspective and be leaders in this global education crisis and in future challenges in the education field. You will hear experiences from the expert speaker, be able to ask questions, and get a chance to share your leadership stories with your peers.

Ultimately, what we talk about is up to YOU, the participant, and what you decide to bring to the table!




2021 YLS Alumna
Sister Cities of Los Angeles


Alana is a high school senior living in Los Angeles, CA. She received the Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange Scholarship in Germany where she will be attending next year. In college, she will be double majoring in Social Work and Social Administration and Global Studies with plans of working for the UN to combat youth sex trafficking and promote social justice. She is currently on the Youth Advisory Boards for the national organizations One Love and Teen Talk. She just returned from a trip to Washington D.C. where she advocated on behalf of One Love to legislators alongside her peers from across the U.S. Following her passion for youth based organizations, she is on the special events team for Wave Learning Festival and is a BAE Breaker for the national organization SafeBAE. Last summer she participated in the International Sister Cities Youth Summit and helped present on Globalizaing Mandatory Comprehensive Sex Education.




Founder and Executive Director
Wave Learning Festival


Karly Hou is the Founder and Executive Director of Wave Learning Festival, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit combating long-standing educational inequities exacerbated by the pandemic. Wave LF provides a 100% free, live, online, peer-to-peer learning platform and offers diverse seminars during the summer, 24/7 tutoring during the school year, college/career support, and more. In less than 2 years, they've served 15,000+ students and run 500+ courses and 5000+ hours of tutoring. Karly is also a junior at Harvard University studying Computer Science and Mathematics.


Didn’t get a chance to be part of our youth chats?

Check out our Youth Leadership Summit – Public Forum on Friday, August 12, 2022!

Have a question? Please feel free to contact us at youth@sistercities.org.