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MAKING A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE

Our global education programs are designed to support lifelong learning and cultural competence. We’re not just making people smarter. We’re making the world better.

Fort Worth Welcomes French Students from Nimes

Fort Worth welcomes students from its newest sister city, Nîmes, France, this week for the second annual youth ambassador exchange to Fort Worth.

Two teachers and 14 students from Nîmes will be hosted by the World Languages Institute, Fort Worth Country Day School, and Nolan Catholic High School Feb. 25 – March 3. Students will be home hosted by community volunteers giving them a true Texas experience, as well as providing a glimpse of life in America. The students will also attend school and visit cultural sites of interest while in Fort Worth.

“Sister Cities works closely with the Fort Worth ISD and private schools to give students the best opportunity possible to be successful in a global society,” said Greg Jackson, Chairman of the Board. “Exchanges, like these, are more important than ever to teach young people the importance of global understanding and respect of other cultures whether here in Fort Worth or abroad.”

A special farewell dinner for the students will be held at the World Languages Institute on March 2 with special performances by the French and Fort Worth students.

Student Ambassadors to Visit France, Hungary, and Italy

Fort Worth students and leaders depart next month for Nimes, France; Budapest, Hungary; and Reggio Emilia, Italy. Delegations are led by educators from the FWISD, private schools, and universities.

In February, the students attended a Fort Worth City Council where Mayor Mattie Parker administered the Citizen Diplomat Oath to the students and their Delegation Leaders in preparation for their upcoming youth exchanges.

Students complete a vigorous selection process including personal interviews and are selected to represent the City of Fort Worth as Youth Ambassadors each year by Fort Worth Sister Cities. Applications are available for all students, as well as funding to support many.

Through these experiences, students benefit from a global education, as well as learn valuable leadership skills. Their understanding and respect of other cultures also increases which enhances their college and career opportunities.

When the students return to their local campuses, they share the lessons learned while abroad with others, helping make Fort Worth more globally fluent. More students will be traveling this summer.

For a full list of students visiting our sister cities, click here.

Emerging Leaders from Estonia Examine Municipal Leadership and Community Engagement in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of young professionals from Estonia to Fort Worth from Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2024, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and the City of Fort Worth.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for municipal leadership and community engagement from local leaders in Fort Worth. Activities, organized by Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa, include visits with city officials, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Near Southside, Inc., Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., Camp Bowie District, Inc., T3 Partnership, and more. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, COIL maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

2024-01-19 12:34

Emerging Leaders from Estonia Examine Municipal Leadership and Community Engagement in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of young professionals from Estonia to Fort Worth from Jan. 26 – Feb. 3, 2024, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and the City of Fort Worth.

Prior to their arrival in Fort Worth the participants will complete an orientation in Washington, D.C.

In Fort Worth, delegates will collaborate on best practices for municipal leadership and community engagement from local leaders in Fort Worth. Activities, organized by Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa, include visits with city officials, the Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Near Southside, Inc., Downtown Fort Worth, Inc., Camp Bowie District, Inc., T3 Partnership, and more. The delegation will stay in the homes of Fort Worth residents who serve as hospitality hosts.

More than 28,000 current and future leaders from post-Soviet era countries have participated in the Open World program. Open World offers one of the most effective U.S. exchange programs to promote mutually beneficial options for depolarized engagement between future national leaders.

Founded in 1999 by Congress, COIL maintains a vast network of more than 28,000 alumni in strategic countries including Russia, Ukraine, and others in the Balkans, Caucuses, Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Open World supports legislative diplomacy efforts for Members of Congress by conducting exchanges that establish lasting professional relationships between emerging leaders and their U.S. counterparts. Program participants are provided with extensive exposure to American politics, accountable governance, and citizen diplomacy, while being home hosted by American families. To learn more about Open World, please visit www.openworld.gov/.

International Leadership Academy Reimagined as Global Leaders in Action

Since 1989, the International Leadership Academy brought young people from Fort Worth’s nine sister cities to the area to discuss pressing global issues. Participants lived on the TCU campus and shared a room with students from another country while attending classes designed to challenge stereotypes, highlight cultures, promote diplomatic dialogue, develop leadership skills, and solve global problems.

Next summer, Fort Sister Cities will launch the pilot program of Global Leaders in Action July 11-21, 2024. This program will again bring international students to Fort Worth and encourage students to explore how they see other cultures and understand global influences while using leadership skills to promote world peace through service to their communities. Participants will collaborate with one another to design and implement leadership and cultural training for students in the Fort Worth community.

Global Leaders in Action is led by a team of highly qualified and experienced educators who, along with several international partners, have developed a very interactive program. Educators and local university students will facilitate group learning experiences as the students design and implement their own leadership and cultural competency trainings for younger students at Fort Worth community centers and non-profits.

The application will be available in January 2024 and will be due March 1. Apply today>

2023-12-20 12:50

International Leadership Academy Reimagined as Global Leaders in Action

Since 1989, the International Leadership Academy brought young people from Fort Worth’s nine sister cities to the area to discuss pressing global issues. Participants lived on the TCU campus and shared a room with students from another country while attending classes designed to challenge stereotypes, highlight cultures, promote diplomatic dialogue, develop leadership skills, and solve global problems.

Next summer, Fort Sister Cities will launch the pilot program of Global Leaders in Action July 11-21, 2024. This program will again bring international students to Fort Worth and encourage students to explore how they see other cultures and understand global influences while using leadership skills to promote world peace through service to their communities. Participants will collaborate with one another to design and implement leadership and cultural training for students in the Fort Worth community.

Global Leaders in Action is led by a team of highly qualified and experienced educators who, along with several international partners, have developed a very interactive program. Educators and local university students will facilitate group learning experiences as the students design and implement their own leadership and cultural competency trainings for younger students at Fort Worth community centers and non-profits.

The application will be available in January 2024 and will be due March 1. Apply today>

Sister Cities Hiring Youth & Education Manager

Job type: full-time

Location: in-person

Salary range: $50,000-$65,000

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in program management who will work under the Director of Exchanges and Outreach to manage youth and education programs.

Duties

  • Manage all Youth & Education programs including Youth Ambassador exchanges, Young Artists and Authors Showcase, Fort Worth Youth International, Global Academic Fellows, Dual Language Enrichment Camp, and summer youth leadership academy in Fort Worth.
  • Supervise youth programs and participants, as well as interns
  • Develop and implement youth programs and initiatives to promote cultural competence awareness and knowledge.
  • Provide administrative support for youth-related activities, including budgeting, scheduling, and volunteer management.
  • Recruit, interview and coordinate final selection of participants.
  • Establish and coordinate itineraries and agendas.
  • Organize orientation and training meetings.
  • Correspond with public, educators, students, parents, sister cities colleagues, youth related organizations, and board members.
  • Collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs and make recommendations for improvement.

Experience

  • High school education required. Some college preferred.
  • Two years experience in program management or related field.
  • Experience in international business or communication preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to supervise and motivate a team of volunteers.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong administrative skills with attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

We offer a competitive salary package with benefits including medical, dental, HSA and Simple IRA matching. If you meet the qualifications listed above and are looking for a challenging new opportunity, please apply today by sending a resume and cover letter to beth@fwsistercities.org.

2023-12-11 05:16

Sister Cities Hiring Youth & Education Manager

Job type: full-time

Location: in-person

Salary range: $50,000-$65,000

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in program management who will work under the Director of Exchanges and Outreach to manage youth and education programs.

Duties

  • Manage all Youth & Education programs including Youth Ambassador exchanges, Young Artists and Authors Showcase, Fort Worth Youth International, Global Academic Fellows, Dual Language Enrichment Camp, and summer youth leadership academy in Fort Worth.
  • Supervise youth programs and participants, as well as interns
  • Develop and implement youth programs and initiatives to promote cultural competence awareness and knowledge.
  • Provide administrative support for youth-related activities, including budgeting, scheduling, and volunteer management.
  • Recruit, interview and coordinate final selection of participants.
  • Establish and coordinate itineraries and agendas.
  • Organize orientation and training meetings.
  • Correspond with public, educators, students, parents, sister cities colleagues, youth related organizations, and board members.
  • Collect data to evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs and make recommendations for improvement.

Experience

  • High school education required. Some college preferred.
  • Two years experience in program management or related field.
  • Experience in international business or communication preferred.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to supervise and motivate a team of volunteers.
  • Excellent project management skills with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong administrative skills with attention to detail and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.

We offer a competitive salary package with benefits including medical, dental, HSA and Simple IRA matching. If you meet the qualifications listed above and are looking for a challenging new opportunity, please apply today by sending a resume and cover letter to beth@fwsistercities.org.

Official delegations from Mexico and Italy

Fort Worth, Texas – Visiting delegations hosted by Sister Cities

Fort Worth Sister Cities International hosted two delegations in November from Fort Worth’s sister cities Toluca, Mexico and Reggio Emilia, Italy.

While in Fort Worth, the groups visited with Fort Worth City Council members and Mayor Parker, as well as, several businesses and cultural sites to learn about Fort Worth and how to engage our cities in mutually beneficial endeavors.

Led by State Congresswoman Monica Gaytan, the Toluca delegation toured the Cultural District and Stockyards, attended the Mayor’s International Dinner in celebration of 25 years of partnership between Fort Worth and Toluca, and participated in the Dia de los Muertos Parade organized by Artes de la Rosa.

“We were thrilled to welcome our guests and show them what Fort Worth has to offer, as well as to celebrate 25 years of friendship which is something to be valued and is more important today than ever before,” said Wilma Lopez, Toluca Chair.

Led by Mayor Luca Vecchi, the Reggio Emilia delegation engaged in several special interest meetings and tours with Mrs. Renfro’s, Dickies Arena, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

“This visit to Fort Worth is just the beginning of continued growth. The business counterpart meetings created value and experience to think and grow connections internationally,” said Reggio Emilia Chair Sian Borne.

These exchanges would not be possible without the support of volunteers from our city committees. A huge thank you to the members of our Toluca Committee and Reggio Emilia Committee for welcoming our visitors with open arms.

Interested in volunteering for a committee? Email beth@fwsistercities.org.

2023-11-27 10:23

Official delegations from Mexico and Italy

Fort Worth, Texas – Visiting delegations hosted by Sister Cities

Fort Worth Sister Cities International hosted two delegations in November from Fort Worth’s sister cities Toluca, Mexico and Reggio Emilia, Italy.

While in Fort Worth, the groups visited with Fort Worth City Council members and Mayor Parker, as well as, several businesses and cultural sites to learn about Fort Worth and how to engage our cities in mutually beneficial endeavors.

Led by State Congresswoman Monica Gaytan, the Toluca delegation toured the Cultural District and Stockyards, attended the Mayor’s International Dinner in celebration of 25 years of partnership between Fort Worth and Toluca, and participated in the Dia de los Muertos Parade organized by Artes de la Rosa.

“We were thrilled to welcome our guests and show them what Fort Worth has to offer, as well as to celebrate 25 years of friendship which is something to be valued and is more important today than ever before,” said Wilma Lopez, Toluca Chair.

Led by Mayor Luca Vecchi, the Reggio Emilia delegation engaged in several special interest meetings and tours with Mrs. Renfro’s, Dickies Arena, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc.

“This visit to Fort Worth is just the beginning of continued growth. The business counterpart meetings created value and experience to think and grow connections internationally,” said Reggio Emilia Chair Sian Borne.

These exchanges would not be possible without the support of volunteers from our city committees. A huge thank you to the members of our Toluca Committee and Reggio Emilia Committee for welcoming our visitors with open arms.

Interested in volunteering for a committee? Email beth@fwsistercities.org.

Youth Ambassadors Selected for 2024

Congratulations to all the students who were selected for Youth Ambassador exchanges in 2024! Students go through a rigorous application and interview process before being selected for travel to one of our sister cities. After selection, students attend cultural orientations to prepare for travel abroad and to get to know the culture of their destination.

A special congratulation to Yaretzi Navarro who received the Yamagata Emerging Leader Scholarship for her excellence in community service and leadership. Yaretzi will be using the scholarship to travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy in the spring.

Bandung, Indonesia

  • Jackson Beck, R.L. Paschal High School
  • Aurora Berberena, Central High School
  • Emma Chorn, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Aspen Guerin, Southwest High School
  • Antti Havia, Home School
  • Angela Hernandez, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Camila Howard, Arlington High School
  • Celeste Jenkins-O’Reilly, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Gideon Meade, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Eve Meade, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Denise Smith, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Delegation Leaders
  • Imelda Dunlap, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Courtney Upp, Stuard Elementary

Budapest, Hungary

  • Abigail Cawyer, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Kai Jade Cook, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Eva Elmore, Arlington Heights High School
  • Adriana Frederickson Seco, World Languages Institute
  • Kelsie Kopf, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Walker Maxwell, R.L. Paschal High School
  • Amanda Quintana, Northside High School
  • Ava Stubblefield, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Antti Havia, Home School
  • Zoe Schwarz, All Saints Episcopal School
Delegation Leaders
  • Alexis Gross, World Languages Institute
  • Greg Gross, All Saints Episcopal School

Nagaoka, Japan

  • Athena Acuna, Trimble Tech High School
  • Ramon Barajas, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Sloane Criado, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Aiden Dalip, Birdville High School
  • Miranda Downs, Carroll High School
  • Abigail Dzurik, Fort Worth Academy
  • Grace Hackworth, Trinity Valley School
  • Morgan Norman-Scott, World Languages Institute
  • Sofia Rubio, World Languages Institute
  • Keiko Sanchez, Arlington Heights High School
  • Luke Waddell, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Sloane Wessinger, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Zoe Williams, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Emma Woodley, Lamar High School
  • Daniel A. Barreto Zerpa, World Languages Institute
Delegation Leaders
  • Brandy Sapp, IDEA Public Schools
  • Hao Tran, Trimble Tech High School

Nagaoka, Japan – Harashin

  • Lauren Fulmer, Coram Deo Academy
  • Aiden Gutierrez, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Celeste Jenkins-O’Reilly, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Isabella Rodriguez, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Michael Rodriguez, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • GiGi Schueneman, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Myiesha Sharma, Flower Mound High School
  • Valeria Venegas, R.L. Paschal High School
  • Alternate: Kaylee Crain, Trinity Valley School
  • Alternate: Micah Przymus, World Languages Institute
Delegation Leaders
  • James Gleaton, Tarrant County College
  • Julia King, Deloitte

Nimes, France

  • Kaylee Crain, Trinity Valley School
  • Emanuel Dawkins, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Amelia Guzman, Burleson Centennial High School
  • Miranda Hernandez, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Sean Hong, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Riley Ledesma, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Emily Mendoza, World Languages Institute
  • Joshua Mora, World Languages Institute
  • Jonathan Pulido, World Languages Institute
  • Samantha Quintana, Northside High School
  • Kyle Smith, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Avery Stubblefield, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Victoria Crews, Aledo High School
Delegation Leaders
  • Patricia Anderson, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
  • Chelsy Beninate, Fort Worth Country Day

Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Maria Castruita, Northside High School
  • Sophia Cruz, Mansfield Legacy High School
  • Dylan Dews, R.L. Paschal High School
  • Sam Dodson, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Kylah Evans, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Leah Gittens, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Natalia Gusman, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
  • Aiden Hardin, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Bryanna Jones, Western Hills High School
  • Claire Kauffman, Trinity Valley School
  • Delores Mills, Northside High School
  • Yaretzi Navarro, Western Hills High School
  • Miranda Tapia, Arlington Heights High School
  • Emma Chorn, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Julianna Wood, World Languages Institute
Delegations Leaders
  • Dr. Monica Marchi, Tarrant County College
  • Chloe Marshall, Clifford Davis Elementary School

Trier, Germany

  • Nara Acuña Guba, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Brigid Connors, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Daisy Daniels, Western Hills High School
  • Isabel Gammell, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Nate Hackworth, The Oakridge School
  • Dorothea Hart, Booker T. Washington High School
  • Jack Honeyman, Booker T. Washington High School
  • Nyima Isatou, Kijera Western Hills High School
  • Sofia Marshall, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Micah Przymus, World Languages Institute
  • Daisy Pulido, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Zoe Schwarz, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Arja Singh, Wakeland High School
Delegation Leaders
  • Sara Fairley-Luna, Leadership Fort Worth
  • Austin Johnson, Trinity Valley School

Guiyang, China (in 2025)

  • Mariana Gonzalez, World Languages Institute
  • Dorothea Hart, Booker T. Washington High School
  • Harmon Hong, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Sean Hong, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Micah Przymus, World Languages Institute
Delegation Leaders
  • Krista Forsgren
  • Maggie Green-Wallace

2023-11-14 03:52

Youth Ambassadors Selected for 2024

Congratulations to all the students who were selected for Youth Ambassador exchanges in 2024! Students go through a rigorous application and interview process before being selected for travel to one of our sister cities. After selection, students attend cultural orientations to prepare for travel abroad and to get to know the culture of their destination.

A special congratulation to Yaretzi Navarro who received the Yamagata Emerging Leader Scholarship for her excellence in community service and leadership. Yaretzi will be using the scholarship to travel to Reggio Emilia, Italy in the spring.

Bandung, Indonesia

  • Jackson Beck, R.L. Paschal High School
  • Aurora Berberena, Central High School
  • Emma Chorn, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Aspen Guerin, Southwest High School
  • Antti Havia, Home School
  • Angela Hernandez, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Camila Howard, Arlington High School
  • Celeste Jenkins-O’Reilly, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Gideon Meade, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Eve Meade, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Denise Smith, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Delegation Leaders
  • Imelda Dunlap, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Courtney Upp, Stuard Elementary

Budapest, Hungary

  • Abigail Cawyer, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Kai Jade Cook, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Eva Elmore, Arlington Heights High School
  • Adriana Frederickson Seco, World Languages Institute
  • Kelsie Kopf, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Walker Maxwell, R.L. Paschal High School
  • Amanda Quintana, Northside High School
  • Ava Stubblefield, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Antti Havia, Home School
  • Zoe Schwarz, All Saints Episcopal School
Delegation Leaders
  • Alexis Gross, World Languages Institute
  • Greg Gross, All Saints Episcopal School

Nagaoka, Japan

  • Athena Acuna, Trimble Tech High School
  • Ramon Barajas, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Sloane Criado, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Aiden Dalip, Birdville High School
  • Miranda Downs, Carroll High School
  • Abigail Dzurik, Fort Worth Academy
  • Grace Hackworth, Trinity Valley School
  • Morgan Norman-Scott, World Languages Institute
  • Sofia Rubio, World Languages Institute
  • Keiko Sanchez, Arlington Heights High School
  • Luke Waddell, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Sloane Wessinger, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Zoe Williams, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Emma Woodley, Lamar High School
  • Daniel A. Barreto Zerpa, World Languages Institute
Delegation Leaders
  • Brandy Sapp, IDEA Public Schools
  • Hao Tran, Trimble Tech High School

Nagaoka, Japan – Harashin

  • Lauren Fulmer, Coram Deo Academy
  • Aiden Gutierrez, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Celeste Jenkins-O’Reilly, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Isabella Rodriguez, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Michael Rodriguez, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • GiGi Schueneman, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Myiesha Sharma, Flower Mound High School
  • Valeria Venegas, R.L. Paschal High School
  • Alternate: Kaylee Crain, Trinity Valley School
  • Alternate: Micah Przymus, World Languages Institute
Delegation Leaders
  • James Gleaton, Tarrant County College
  • Julia King, Deloitte

Nimes, France

  • Kaylee Crain, Trinity Valley School
  • Emanuel Dawkins, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Amelia Guzman, Burleson Centennial High School
  • Miranda Hernandez, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Sean Hong, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Riley Ledesma, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Emily Mendoza, World Languages Institute
  • Joshua Mora, World Languages Institute
  • Jonathan Pulido, World Languages Institute
  • Samantha Quintana, Northside High School
  • Kyle Smith, Amon Carter-Riverside High School
  • Avery Stubblefield, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Victoria Crews, Aledo High School
Delegation Leaders
  • Patricia Anderson, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
  • Chelsy Beninate, Fort Worth Country Day

Reggio Emilia, Italy

  • Maria Castruita, Northside High School
  • Sophia Cruz, Mansfield Legacy High School
  • Dylan Dews, R.L. Paschal High School
  • Sam Dodson, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Kylah Evans, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Leah Gittens, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Natalia Gusman, Diamond Hill-Jarvis High School
  • Aiden Hardin, I.M. Terrell Academy
  • Bryanna Jones, Western Hills High School
  • Claire Kauffman, Trinity Valley School
  • Delores Mills, Northside High School
  • Yaretzi Navarro, Western Hills High School
  • Miranda Tapia, Arlington Heights High School
  • Emma Chorn, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Julianna Wood, World Languages Institute
Delegations Leaders
  • Dr. Monica Marchi, Tarrant County College
  • Chloe Marshall, Clifford Davis Elementary School

Trier, Germany

  • Nara Acuña Guba, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Brigid Connors, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Daisy Daniels, Western Hills High School
  • Isabel Gammell, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Nate Hackworth, The Oakridge School
  • Dorothea Hart, Booker T. Washington High School
  • Jack Honeyman, Booker T. Washington High School
  • Nyima Isatou, Kijera Western Hills High School
  • Sofia Marshall, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Micah Przymus, World Languages Institute
  • Daisy Pulido, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Zoe Schwarz, All Saints Episcopal School
  • Arja Singh, Wakeland High School
Delegation Leaders
  • Sara Fairley-Luna, Leadership Fort Worth
  • Austin Johnson, Trinity Valley School

Guiyang, China (in 2025)

  • Mariana Gonzalez, World Languages Institute
  • Dorothea Hart, Booker T. Washington High School
  • Harmon Hong, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Sean Hong, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Micah Przymus, World Languages Institute
Delegation Leaders
  • Krista Forsgren
  • Maggie Green-Wallace

Sister Cities Hiring Accounting Manager

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $55,000 – $75,000 per year

Location: in person office in Fort Worth

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in accounting and bookkeeping who will work alongside the President/CEO to manage the resources for this highly effective non-profit. We are looking for a skilled individual to maintain our financial records, including accounts payables and receivables. This individual will work closely with leadership to create and analyze financial reports.

Duties:

  • Manage the daily operations of accounting
  • Oversee accounts payable and receivable, and ensure timely payments
  • Create invoices, handle payroll and assist with HR duties
  • Prepare budgets and forecasts for the organization’s financial performance
  • Manage Finance Committee

Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance required
  • 3-5 years of experience in accounting or finance
  • Experience with non-profit finance
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously

We offer a competitive salary package with benefits including medical, dental, HSA and Simple IRA matching. If you meet the qualifications listed above and are looking for a challenging new opportunity in accounting management, please apply today by sending a resume and cover letter to amy@fwsistercities.org.

Fort Worth Wins Best Program in the Nation for the 11th Time

Fort Worth, Texas has won the Sister Cities International 2022 Best Overall Program Award and the Innovation in Business, Trade and Professional Exchange Award for a city with a population greater than 300,000 for outstanding programming in 2022. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

President/CEO Mae Ferguson was also honored with the Ruth Hashimoto Award for her work for over 23 years in advancing citizen diplomacy and international exchange.

2022 was an incredible year for Fort Worth Sister Cities International. We consistently created programs that embody the mission of SCI, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation with numerous annual exchanges with our nine sister cities.

We were once again able to conduct annual adult and youth exchanges and stage our successful International Leadership Academy, a two-week global forum held in Fort Worth, uniting high school students from our sister cities with students in Fort Worth.

To secure additional revenue streams and reach other parts of the world, we received a grant from the World Learning organization to virtually home host students from Venezuela, and we reestablished important partnerships with the Congressional Office for International Leadership for professional development exchanges with the Republic of Georgia and Serbia.

We also launched the virtual roadshow series to keep our local community engaged through various cultural, educational and business topics while ramping up in-person events and activities. These activities included cooking classes and cultural celebrations like Japanese Children’s Day, as well as forums held with our European partners on the state of the economy and the affect the pandemic had on their cities and countries.

Donors make decisions on charitable donations based on the impact organizations make on the community. Anecdotal proof of success of sister city programs is not enough. With the help of the Center for Nonprofit Management, FWSCI collected data to prove that youth and adults who experience sister city programs:

  • Gain awareness of global issues
  • Can persevere in difficult situations
  • Increase their cultural competencyImprove their leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Improve their foreign language skills
  • Increase their confidence and independence

This leads to decreased stereotypes, racism, violence, and fear of other cultures, and increases empathy, creating a more peaceful world. This model can be shared with other SCI programs in the future.

This past year we focused on a new vision to create a culturally competent organization, as well as be the catalyst for the creation of an international center in Fort Worth. 2022 programs modeled everything the organization believes in: creating lifelong friendships, valuable partnerships and real-life experiences that foster peace and understanding. Through our programs, Fort Worth Sister Cities International is truly “connecting globally, thriving locally.”

Sister Cities International Annual Awards recognize excellence in overall programming and highlight key innovations in arts and culture; business and trade; humanitarian assistance; and youth and education. All award winners were honored during Sister Cities International’s 2022 Annual Business Meeting held virtually and in-person on July 28, 2023.

2023-07-28 11:01

Fort Worth Wins Best Program in the Nation for the 11th Time

Fort Worth, Texas has won the Sister Cities International 2022 Best Overall Program Award and the Innovation in Business, Trade and Professional Exchange Award for a city with a population greater than 300,000 for outstanding programming in 2022. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

President/CEO Mae Ferguson was also honored with the Ruth Hashimoto Award for her work for over 23 years in advancing citizen diplomacy and international exchange.

2022 was an incredible year for Fort Worth Sister Cities International. We consistently created programs that embody the mission of SCI, promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation with numerous annual exchanges with our nine sister cities.

We were once again able to conduct annual adult and youth exchanges and stage our successful International Leadership Academy, a two-week global forum held in Fort Worth, uniting high school students from our sister cities with students in Fort Worth.

To secure additional revenue streams and reach other parts of the world, we received a grant from the World Learning organization to virtually home host students from Venezuela, and we reestablished important partnerships with the Congressional Office for International Leadership for professional development exchanges with the Republic of Georgia and Serbia.

We also launched the virtual roadshow series to keep our local community engaged through various cultural, educational and business topics while ramping up in-person events and activities. These activities included cooking classes and cultural celebrations like Japanese Children’s Day, as well as forums held with our European partners on the state of the economy and the affect the pandemic had on their cities and countries.

Donors make decisions on charitable donations based on the impact organizations make on the community. Anecdotal proof of success of sister city programs is not enough. With the help of the Center for Nonprofit Management, FWSCI collected data to prove that youth and adults who experience sister city programs:

  • Gain awareness of global issues
  • Can persevere in difficult situations
  • Increase their cultural competencyImprove their leadership and problem-solving skills
  • Improve their foreign language skills
  • Increase their confidence and independence

This leads to decreased stereotypes, racism, violence, and fear of other cultures, and increases empathy, creating a more peaceful world. This model can be shared with other SCI programs in the future.

This past year we focused on a new vision to create a culturally competent organization, as well as be the catalyst for the creation of an international center in Fort Worth. 2022 programs modeled everything the organization believes in: creating lifelong friendships, valuable partnerships and real-life experiences that foster peace and understanding. Through our programs, Fort Worth Sister Cities International is truly “connecting globally, thriving locally.”

Sister Cities International Annual Awards recognize excellence in overall programming and highlight key innovations in arts and culture; business and trade; humanitarian assistance; and youth and education. All award winners were honored during Sister Cities International’s 2022 Annual Business Meeting held virtually and in-person on July 28, 2023.

Team USA Brings Home Gold, Silver and Bronze

In its ongoing efforts to promote Fort Worth globally and provide opportunities to enhance understanding and awareness of different cultures on a global basis, Fort Worth Sister Cities International sent nearly 100 student athletes, coaches and staff to the Tricolore Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy July 22-30.

The Athlete Ambassadors and coaches representing Fort Worth have been competing and living in an Olympic-style village with nearly 1,000 other student athletes from around the world, representing Fort Worth and the U.S.A. through positive sportsmanship and goodwill.

The student athletes returned over the weekend and are bringing home gold, silver, and bronze medals.

“We are so proud to be representing Fort Worth and the USA,” said Fort Worth Sister Cities President/CEO Mae Ferguson. “The student athletes have exhibited great sportsmanship and learned the true meaning of citizen diplomacy.”

The games are held every four years in Reggio Emilia, Italy with Fort Worth being the only city in the U.S.A. invited to participate.