june program

Theme: Youth Leadership in Climate Action

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

Application Deadline: June 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM ET

We are excited to announce that during our second SCI Youth Chat we will discuss “Youth Leadership in Climate Action” in the context of UN Sustainable Development Goal 13: Climate Action!

As an avid supporter of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we understand that the world is on the precipice of climate disaster and requires action, now. This is an all-hands-on-deck crisis that requires action from all governments, organizations, and individuals – including youths.

We will be discussing how young people can make a meaningful contribution to the environment for the better. As the inheritors of the world, you have the most at stake when it comes to saving the world from the global climate crisis, you must take the lead in this struggle. You will hear the experiences of 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
San Diego International Sister Cities Association


Sarah is a junior in high school. She is the President and Founder of the Fair Trade club at her school, and she started the Fair Trade Campaign at Canyon Crest Academy to advocate for international human rights. In response to the unjust Supreme Court ruling in Nestle v. Doe, her team drafted an amendment to a federal law called the Alien Tort Statute to better protect human rights. They have met with the offices of Senator Alex Padilla and Representative Scott Peters to work to pass their draft amendment. In addition, they are collaborating with their school cafeteria to implement Fair Trade certified products. She was recently named as one of the top ten Future Leaders of the Year by Ivy House, an international leadership development group.

She also enjoyed participating in the Youth Leadership Summit through Sister Cities International last summer!




Senior Manager, International Policy
Stockholm International Water Institute


Jennifer Jun is an international affairs professional with 15 years of experience in programme management, research, external relations, and communications across a range of global issues including human rights, international justice, and foreign policy. At SIWI, she is responsible for developing and managing SIWI’s engagement in global climate and sustainable development processes.

Jennifer’s previous affiliations include the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Aspen Institute, International Criminal Court, and IOM-UN Migration.

Jennifer holds an LL.M in International and European Public Law from Tilburg University, a double MA in European Studies from Rijksuniversiteit Groningen and Universidad de Deusto, and a BA in Anthropology and Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. A U.S. national, she speaks English, Korean, French, and Spanish.


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.