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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 Wins Best Youth Program in the Nation

Fort Worth, Texas has won the Sister Cities International Innovation in Youth & Education Award for a city with a population greater than 300,000 for outstanding youth programming in 2021. 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.

Fort Worth Sister Cities International has some of the most robust international youth programming in the U.S. We focus a majority of our programming on youth because we know that these programs change the trajectory of a student’s life by:

  • Improving school performance
  • Teaching perseverance
  • Providing problem-solving skills
  • Giving students an edge for universities and scholarships
  • Increasing their desire to serve the community
  • Creating empathy for others

In 2021, Fort Worth Sister Cities International explored ways to increase the innovation and diversity of our programs. With the pandemic preventing many in-person programs and exchanges, the team of staff and volunteers rolled up their sleeves, conducted numerous zoom meetings, and designed virtual programming for students and educators to increase global competency in our community.

Because most of the programming was conducted virtually, it was accessible to many more students since there was little cost associated with the online programming. The students we recruited demonstrated Fort Worth’s diversity to the world: 37% Latino/Hispanic; 17% White; 24% Black; 19% Asian/Pacific Islander; and 3% multi-racial.

Programs conducted in 2021 included:

  1. Virtual Youth Ambassador exchange with Nagaoka, Japan
  2. The Experiment Digital virtual exchange program through the US Department of State
  3. Showcase of Young Artists and Authors
  4. Local student group Fort Worth Youth International
  5. Virtual programming with Boys & Girls Club of Tarrant County and Toluca, Mexico
  6. Virtual International Leadership Academy with six sister cities
  7. World Learning virtual homestay with Central America and the Dominican Republic

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 July 8.

Click here to find out more about youth programs.

2022-07-12 11:09

Fort Worth Wins Best Youth Program in the Nation

Fort Worth, Texas has won the Sister Cities International Innovation in Youth & Education Award for a city with a population greater than 300,000 for outstanding youth programming in 2021. 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.

Fort Worth Sister Cities International has some of the most robust international youth programming in the U.S. We focus a majority of our programming on youth because we know that these programs change the trajectory of a student’s life by:

  • Improving school performance
  • Teaching perseverance
  • Providing problem-solving skills
  • Giving students an edge for universities and scholarships
  • Increasing their desire to serve the community
  • Creating empathy for others

In 2021, Fort Worth Sister Cities International explored ways to increase the innovation and diversity of our programs. With the pandemic preventing many in-person programs and exchanges, the team of staff and volunteers rolled up their sleeves, conducted numerous zoom meetings, and designed virtual programming for students and educators to increase global competency in our community.

Because most of the programming was conducted virtually, it was accessible to many more students since there was little cost associated with the online programming. The students we recruited demonstrated Fort Worth’s diversity to the world: 37% Latino/Hispanic; 17% White; 24% Black; 19% Asian/Pacific Islander; and 3% multi-racial.

Programs conducted in 2021 included:

  1. Virtual Youth Ambassador exchange with Nagaoka, Japan
  2. The Experiment Digital virtual exchange program through the US Department of State
  3. Showcase of Young Artists and Authors
  4. Local student group Fort Worth Youth International
  5. Virtual programming with Boys & Girls Club of Tarrant County and Toluca, Mexico
  6. Virtual International Leadership Academy with six sister cities
  7. World Learning virtual homestay with Central America and the Dominican Republic

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 July 8.

Click here to find out more about youth programs.

Summer Leadership Academies Return to Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX – High school students from around the world will descend on Fort Worth starting July 8. Students from Eswatini and Italy, along with Fort Worth students, will be in Fort Worth for the 33rd International Leadership Academy. The academy’s goal is to increase communication and leadership skills through teambuilding and problem-solving using diplomacy.

Since 1989, the ILA has brought young people from Fort Worth’s nine sister cities to the area to discuss pressing global issues. This year, nearly 50 participants will converge at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth July 16 – 31 to share their cultures and learn about citizen diplomacy and its importance.

Participants will live at the hotel and share a room with students from another country. They will attend classes that are designed to challenge stereotypes, highlight cultures, promote diplomatic dialogue, develop leadership skills, and solve global problems. Activities will also include visits to area businesses, museums, and other cultural venues specific to Fort Worth, as well as a community service project.

This year marks the 16th year of ILA’s middle school program, the Jr. International Leadership Academy held July 10 – 15. College students will serve as facilitators for Fort Worth students who will discuss the same issues as their high school counterparts, gaining international perspectives.

“The students will be challenged to improve and refine their leadership skills and learn how diverse cultures can support common goals. It’s a tremendous opportunity for personal growth,” said Nancy Marchant, ILA and JILA Coordinator.

The closing ceremony for ILA will take place July 30, 10 a.m. at the Texas A&M University School of Law and is free and open to the public.

2022-06-22 10:44

Summer Leadership Academies Return to Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX – High school students from around the world will descend on Fort Worth starting July 8. Students from Eswatini and Italy, along with Fort Worth students, will be in Fort Worth for the 33rd International Leadership Academy. The academy’s goal is to increase communication and leadership skills through teambuilding and problem-solving using diplomacy.

Since 1989, the ILA has brought young people from Fort Worth’s nine sister cities to the area to discuss pressing global issues. This year, nearly 50 participants will converge at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth July 16 – 31 to share their cultures and learn about citizen diplomacy and its importance.

Participants will live at the hotel and share a room with students from another country. They will attend classes that are designed to challenge stereotypes, highlight cultures, promote diplomatic dialogue, develop leadership skills, and solve global problems. Activities will also include visits to area businesses, museums, and other cultural venues specific to Fort Worth, as well as a community service project.

This year marks the 16th year of ILA’s middle school program, the Jr. International Leadership Academy held July 10 – 15. College students will serve as facilitators for Fort Worth students who will discuss the same issues as their high school counterparts, gaining international perspectives.

“The students will be challenged to improve and refine their leadership skills and learn how diverse cultures can support common goals. It’s a tremendous opportunity for personal growth,” said Nancy Marchant, ILA and JILA Coordinator.

The closing ceremony for ILA will take place July 30, 10 a.m. at the Texas A&M University School of Law and is free and open to the public.

Leaders from the Republic of Georgia Examine Urban Planning in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of urban planners from the Republic of Georgia to Fort Worth from July 22-30, 2022, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and the City of Fort Worth through a team led by Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa.

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 urban planning and preservation with city staff and local leaders in Fort Worth. Additional activities include visits to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Near Southside, Inc, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. 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, the Open World program, administered by the Congressional Office for International Leadership, 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/.

2022-06-22 10:34

Leaders from the Republic of Georgia Examine Urban Planning in Fort Worth

Fort Worth, TX — The Congressional Office for International Leadership, an agency of the U.S. Congress, will send a delegation of urban planners from the Republic of Georgia to Fort Worth from July 22-30, 2022, through the Open World program. The delegation consists of five professionals who will be accompanied by a bicultural facilitator and an interpreter. While in Fort Worth, the COIL program participants will be hosted by Fort Worth Sister Cities International and the City of Fort Worth through a team led by Assistant City Manager Fernando Costa.

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 urban planning and preservation with city staff and local leaders in Fort Worth. Additional activities include visits to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Near Southside, Inc, and Downtown Fort Worth, Inc. 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, the Open World program, administered by the Congressional Office for International Leadership, 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/.

Elementary Students Receiving Dual Language Enrichment

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities Partners with FWISD

In June, Fort Worth will welcome nine university students and two educators from Toluca, Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico for a Dual Language Camp for Fort Worth elementary students in partnership with the Fort Worth ISD. The Toluca university students will act as international facilitators for the three-week camp virtually June 3-16 and in person June 20-30 at Burton Hill Elementary School.

This year’s theme is Constructing Biliteracy through the Panther City Project and will provide summer enrichment for FWISD students in Dual Language programs to increase language and literacy across the content areas. Up to 100 students are expected to attend.

“The history, growth and future of the city of Fort Worth is so deeply connected with the Trinity River. We see wonderful examples of how water and natural ecosystems shape our daily life and are eager for our Dual Language learners to learn through this richness. It will provide students opportunities to engage in hands-on, authentic activities that incorporate math, science, social studies, and literacy in two languages. We are thrilled to welcome our Sister Cities partners from Toluca, Mexico,” said Marisa Silva, Coordinator of Dual Language Programs for the Fort Worth ISD.

The Toluca facilitators and educators are being home hosted by local families in order to give these visitors a glimpse into American life and to give the hosting families exposure to the culture of Toluca, as well.

While here the group will also explore local cultural attractions and experience true Texas hospitality. Visits include the Stockyards, the Kimbell Art Museum, Sundance Square Plaza and more.

2022-05-25 12:18

Elementary Students Receiving Dual Language Enrichment

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities Partners with FWISD

In June, Fort Worth will welcome nine university students and two educators from Toluca, Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico for a Dual Language Camp for Fort Worth elementary students in partnership with the Fort Worth ISD. The Toluca university students will act as international facilitators for the three-week camp virtually June 3-16 and in person June 20-30 at Burton Hill Elementary School.

This year’s theme is Constructing Biliteracy through the Panther City Project and will provide summer enrichment for FWISD students in Dual Language programs to increase language and literacy across the content areas. Up to 100 students are expected to attend.

“The history, growth and future of the city of Fort Worth is so deeply connected with the Trinity River. We see wonderful examples of how water and natural ecosystems shape our daily life and are eager for our Dual Language learners to learn through this richness. It will provide students opportunities to engage in hands-on, authentic activities that incorporate math, science, social studies, and literacy in two languages. We are thrilled to welcome our Sister Cities partners from Toluca, Mexico,” said Marisa Silva, Coordinator of Dual Language Programs for the Fort Worth ISD.

The Toluca facilitators and educators are being home hosted by local families in order to give these visitors a glimpse into American life and to give the hosting families exposure to the culture of Toluca, as well.

While here the group will also explore local cultural attractions and experience true Texas hospitality. Visits include the Stockyards, the Kimbell Art Museum, Sundance Square Plaza and more.

Students to Represent Fort Worth Abroad

Fort Worth, TX – Student Ambassadors to Visit Germany, Italy and Mexico

Fort Worth students and leaders depart next month for Trier, Germany; Reggio Emilia, Italy; and Toluca, Mexico. Delegations are led by educators from the FWISD, private schools, and universities.

In March, 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 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.

A list of students and leaders traveling this summer are below.

Trier, Germany – June 1-11

  • Allison Bedwell, Carroll High School
  • Eric Bormann, Trinity Valley School
  • Ashlyn Corbin, Trinity Valley School
  • Tatum Duncan, Trinity Valley School
  • Katah Gunter, Carroll High School
  • Antti Havia, home school
  • Sanvi Kishinchandani, Carroll High School
  • Chelsea Martinez, World Languages Institute
  • Caroline Nartz, Timber Creek High School
  • Henry Tincup, The Oakridge School
  • Gwendolyn Young, Southwest Christian School
Delegation Leaders
  • Chelsy Beninate, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Michael Roemer, Trinity Valley School
Associate Delegation Leader
  • Cora Valderas, Texas A&M University

Toluca, Mexico – June 4-11

  • Ari Ahdieh, Trinity Valley School
  • Beau Butler, V.R. Eaton High School
  • Azael Hernandez, I.M Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
  • Isaiah David Kayembe, Collegiate Academy of Birdville
Delegation Leaders
  • Alexis Gross, World Languages Institute
  • Gregory Gross, Benbrook Middle High School

Reggio Emilia, Italy – June 22-30

  • Yessica Gonzalez, Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • Grace Hackworth, Trinity Valley School
  • Lily Keisler, Trinity Valley School
  • Jacob Lane, Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • Nayeli Loredo, Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • Joshua Mora, World Languages Institute
  • Kyle Smith, World Languages Institute
  • Karina Torres, Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • Patsy Torres, World Languages Institute
Delegation Leaders
  • Dawnelle Butler, Westlake Academy
  • Cindy Vasquez, City of Fort Worth
Associate Delegation Leader
  • Daisy Aguilar, Texas Tech University

2022-05-24 11:38

Students to Represent Fort Worth Abroad

Fort Worth, TX – Student Ambassadors to Visit Germany, Italy and Mexico

Fort Worth students and leaders depart next month for Trier, Germany; Reggio Emilia, Italy; and Toluca, Mexico. Delegations are led by educators from the FWISD, private schools, and universities.

In March, 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 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.

A list of students and leaders traveling this summer are below.

Trier, Germany – June 1-11

  • Allison Bedwell, Carroll High School
  • Eric Bormann, Trinity Valley School
  • Ashlyn Corbin, Trinity Valley School
  • Tatum Duncan, Trinity Valley School
  • Katah Gunter, Carroll High School
  • Antti Havia, home school
  • Sanvi Kishinchandani, Carroll High School
  • Chelsea Martinez, World Languages Institute
  • Caroline Nartz, Timber Creek High School
  • Henry Tincup, The Oakridge School
  • Gwendolyn Young, Southwest Christian School
Delegation Leaders
  • Chelsy Beninate, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Michael Roemer, Trinity Valley School
Associate Delegation Leader
  • Cora Valderas, Texas A&M University

Toluca, Mexico – June 4-11

  • Ari Ahdieh, Trinity Valley School
  • Beau Butler, V.R. Eaton High School
  • Azael Hernandez, I.M Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
  • Isaiah David Kayembe, Collegiate Academy of Birdville
Delegation Leaders
  • Alexis Gross, World Languages Institute
  • Gregory Gross, Benbrook Middle High School

Reggio Emilia, Italy – June 22-30

  • Yessica Gonzalez, Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • Grace Hackworth, Trinity Valley School
  • Lily Keisler, Trinity Valley School
  • Jacob Lane, Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • Nayeli Loredo, Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • Joshua Mora, World Languages Institute
  • Kyle Smith, World Languages Institute
  • Karina Torres, Marine Creek Collegiate High School
  • Patsy Torres, World Languages Institute
Delegation Leaders
  • Dawnelle Butler, Westlake Academy
  • Cindy Vasquez, City of Fort Worth
Associate Delegation Leader
  • Daisy Aguilar, Texas Tech University

Sister Cities Youth Board Elected for 2022-23 School Year

On May 15, the Fort Worth Youth International youth board met to elect new officers for the 2022-2023 school year. Stay tuned to hear about their new and innovative plans to engage the Fort Worth youth community.

We also thanked and celebrated the outgoing board for their accomplishments during the 2021-2022 school year. Led by President Reshma Niraula, the board hosted an international coffeehouse kickoff event, volunteered at the Mayor’s International International Dinner and Kodomo No Hi, educated their peers about New Year’s around the world, and sponsored an international book club.

Thank you to our outgoing board and congratulations to the new board!

2022-23 Officers

  • President – Leah Peterson, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
  • Vice President – Valdemar Gomez, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Secretary – Bryne Kane, Arlington Heights High School
  • Public Relations – Katie Beckman, Birdville High School
  • Community Outreach – Sophia Hernandez, Trinity Valley School
  • Fundraising – Azael Hernandez, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
  • Cultural Orientation – Lauren Oliver, Southlake Carroll High School

At Large Members

  • Seth Mayhue, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Conner Smith, Paschal High School
  • Julie Almanza, Paschal High School
  • Jonathan Pulido, World Languages Institute
  • Laila Abu Tobeh, Aledo High School
  • Alexandra Rodriguez, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Ian Valderas, IM Terrell, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

2022-05-16 12:38

Sister Cities Youth Board Elected for 2022-23 School Year

On May 15, the Fort Worth Youth International youth board met to elect new officers for the 2022-2023 school year. Stay tuned to hear about their new and innovative plans to engage the Fort Worth youth community.

We also thanked and celebrated the outgoing board for their accomplishments during the 2021-2022 school year. Led by President Reshma Niraula, the board hosted an international coffeehouse kickoff event, volunteered at the Mayor’s International International Dinner and Kodomo No Hi, educated their peers about New Year’s around the world, and sponsored an international book club.

Thank you to our outgoing board and congratulations to the new board!

2022-23 Officers

  • President – Leah Peterson, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
  • Vice President – Valdemar Gomez, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Secretary – Bryne Kane, Arlington Heights High School
  • Public Relations – Katie Beckman, Birdville High School
  • Community Outreach – Sophia Hernandez, Trinity Valley School
  • Fundraising – Azael Hernandez, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA
  • Cultural Orientation – Lauren Oliver, Southlake Carroll High School

At Large Members

  • Seth Mayhue, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Conner Smith, Paschal High School
  • Julie Almanza, Paschal High School
  • Jonathan Pulido, World Languages Institute
  • Laila Abu Tobeh, Aledo High School
  • Alexandra Rodriguez, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Ian Valderas, IM Terrell, I.M. Terrell Academy for STEM and VPA

Support Ukrainian Refugees in Budapest

More than 10 million people are thought to have fled their homes in Ukraine to neighboring countries since this devastating war with Russia began. It’s a heartbreaking situation as many leave loved ones, pets and essentials behind.

Fort Worth’s sister city of Budapest, Hungary shares a border with Ukraine and is asking for our help for the nearly 25,000 Ukrainian refugees expected to arrive in Hungary. This support will provide shelter, food, transportation, counseling and other services for those in need.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Through May 31, Fort Worth Sister Cities International is collecting donations to be sent to Budapest on behalf of the Ukrainian refugees. 100% of the funds collected will be sent to Budapest Helps, an organization managed by the Municipality of Budapest.

You can read more about them here.

Throughout our 37-year history, Fort Worth has provided assistance to our international partners many times, and they have done the same for us. Some examples are the care given to 68 Fort Worthians on Sept. 11 in Trier, Germany and funds donated to help Fort Worth recover from the devastating tornado that hit downtown. Fort Worth in turn has given assistance to Japan and Indonesia after tsunamis in their countries and humanitarian aid to Mbabane, Eswatini and Toluca, Mexico.

We care for our friends and our friends care for us. Donate today to help the Ukrainian refugees in Budapest. Your donation is fully tax deductible. With these funds, our friends in Budapest will:

  • Distribute food, water, clothing, bedding, hygiene items, and blankets
  • Provide free transportation
  • Supply baby products and services for children
  • Prepare shelters for those who need a comforting place to sleep and feel safe
  • Provide health-related services and medical support to those in need
  • Provide psychosocial support for those who are physically, mentally and emotionally stressed
  • Help connect people to other essential services.
Donate now.

2022-04-25 09:35

Support Ukrainian Refugees in Budapest

More than 10 million people are thought to have fled their homes in Ukraine to neighboring countries since this devastating war with Russia began. It’s a heartbreaking situation as many leave loved ones, pets and essentials behind.

Fort Worth’s sister city of Budapest, Hungary shares a border with Ukraine and is asking for our help for the nearly 25,000 Ukrainian refugees expected to arrive in Hungary. This support will provide shelter, food, transportation, counseling and other services for those in need.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Through May 31, Fort Worth Sister Cities International is collecting donations to be sent to Budapest on behalf of the Ukrainian refugees. 100% of the funds collected will be sent to Budapest Helps, an organization managed by the Municipality of Budapest.

You can read more about them here.

Throughout our 37-year history, Fort Worth has provided assistance to our international partners many times, and they have done the same for us. Some examples are the care given to 68 Fort Worthians on Sept. 11 in Trier, Germany and funds donated to help Fort Worth recover from the devastating tornado that hit downtown. Fort Worth in turn has given assistance to Japan and Indonesia after tsunamis in their countries and humanitarian aid to Mbabane, Eswatini and Toluca, Mexico.

We care for our friends and our friends care for us. Donate today to help the Ukrainian refugees in Budapest. Your donation is fully tax deductible. With these funds, our friends in Budapest will:

  • Distribute food, water, clothing, bedding, hygiene items, and blankets
  • Provide free transportation
  • Supply baby products and services for children
  • Prepare shelters for those who need a comforting place to sleep and feel safe
  • Provide health-related services and medical support to those in need
  • Provide psychosocial support for those who are physically, mentally and emotionally stressed
  • Help connect people to other essential services.
Donate now.

Young Artists and Authors Chosen to Represent Fort Worth

For decades, Sister Cities International has leveraged the power that art has to transform societies and transcend cultural boundaries through the Young Artists and Authors Showcase, or YAAS. The Showcase has given youth worldwide the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original art and literature.

Fort Worth Sister Cities International held the local showcase to choose student pieces to be submitted to the worldwide competition.

We want to give a special thanks to our Young Artists and Authors Chair Rachel Malone and her committee for recruiting judges and securing prize money.

Congratulations to all the artists and authors who were selected and entered into the international competition.

Artists (classic)

Artists (digital)

Authors & Poets

Photographers

Musicians

2022-04-01 08:00

Young Artists and Authors Chosen to Represent Fort Worth

For decades, Sister Cities International has leveraged the power that art has to transform societies and transcend cultural boundaries through the Young Artists and Authors Showcase, or YAAS. The Showcase has given youth worldwide the opportunity to express their vision for a more unified, peaceful world through original art and literature.

Fort Worth Sister Cities International held the local showcase to choose student pieces to be submitted to the worldwide competition.

We want to give a special thanks to our Young Artists and Authors Chair Rachel Malone and her committee for recruiting judges and securing prize money.

Congratulations to all the artists and authors who were selected and entered into the international competition.

Artists (classic)

Artists (digital)

Authors & Poets

Photographers

Musicians

Happy holidays from Fort Worth Sister Cities

A short time ago we celebrated Thanksgiving. For many, it was a day for family and friends to connect and be grateful (and eat a lot of deliciousness)! When we think about the many things to be grateful for a few big ones rise to the surface – we’re thankful for our health, safety, and loved ones. But, here at Fort Worth Sister Cities we have a long list.

We are grateful for:

Our relationships. That’s what we’re all about. Our mission is to create and sustain relationships – with people, cities, cultures, and organizations. Think of the friends you have made around the world, either in person on an international exchange or during a hosting opportunity here in Fort Worth. There are even some made virtually. They all count.

Our volunteers. In our 36-year history there have been way too many to count! We were created by volunteers. We are led by volunteers. They lead our youth delegations abroad and conduct our local programs. They greet and home host guests from around the world. They work in our office. They are the background of this organization. The only way a staff of four people can do the work we do is because of these people.

Our leaders. Our 50-person board of directors is a working board – and we mean work! Just ask one. Our city committees educate the community and open their homes to the world. The Mayor and City Council give a lot of official and personal time to support our mission. Educators lead youth programs and exchanges in their free time (you would think they want kid-free time)!

Our members. This group of people give us the gift of their belief through their support. All non-profits depend on community support and our members give year after year because they believe. They believe in our value and give to sustain Sister Cities another 36 years and beyond.

Our youth. Ah, our future. Cliché or not, they are the future. These students show up, participate and grow. They are developing empathy, respect and understanding of others, a critical need today and we are grateful for them.

We are making a huge impact on Fort Worth, but we want to do more. Help us by joining today and enjoy benefits throughout 2022.

2021-12-13 02:20

Happy holidays from Fort Worth Sister Cities

A short time ago we celebrated Thanksgiving. For many, it was a day for family and friends to connect and be grateful (and eat a lot of deliciousness)! When we think about the many things to be grateful for a few big ones rise to the surface – we’re thankful for our health, safety, and loved ones. But, here at Fort Worth Sister Cities we have a long list.

We are grateful for:

Our relationships. That’s what we’re all about. Our mission is to create and sustain relationships – with people, cities, cultures, and organizations. Think of the friends you have made around the world, either in person on an international exchange or during a hosting opportunity here in Fort Worth. There are even some made virtually. They all count.

Our volunteers. In our 36-year history there have been way too many to count! We were created by volunteers. We are led by volunteers. They lead our youth delegations abroad and conduct our local programs. They greet and home host guests from around the world. They work in our office. They are the background of this organization. The only way a staff of four people can do the work we do is because of these people.

Our leaders. Our 50-person board of directors is a working board – and we mean work! Just ask one. Our city committees educate the community and open their homes to the world. The Mayor and City Council give a lot of official and personal time to support our mission. Educators lead youth programs and exchanges in their free time (you would think they want kid-free time)!

Our members. This group of people give us the gift of their belief through their support. All non-profits depend on community support and our members give year after year because they believe. They believe in our value and give to sustain Sister Cities another 36 years and beyond.

Our youth. Ah, our future. Cliché or not, they are the future. These students show up, participate and grow. They are developing empathy, respect and understanding of others, a critical need today and we are grateful for them.

We are making a huge impact on Fort Worth, but we want to do more. Help us by joining today and enjoy benefits throughout 2022.

Sister Cities Presents Global Impact Awards

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (October 21, 2021) – Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s 20th Mayor’s International Dinner & Global Awards will be held Nov. 11, 2021 at the River Ranch Stockyards. Tickets can be purchased here.

Mayor Mattie Parker and Dinner Chairs, Dr. Rachael and Carlo Capua are hosting an evening of international cuisine and entertainment as Sister Cities celebrates its first sister city, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Global Awards will also be presented to individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability and international commerce in the following categories.

Jerry Boonyaratanakornkit and Rich Petronis – GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD. This is a new award created to recognize a trail-blazing business based on their vision to achieve their goals and to promote Fort Worth globally, developing international partnerships and establishing global connections to provide understanding of other cultures.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth – GLOBAL CITIZENS AWARD. This award recognizes organizations that are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational, humanitarian or cultural initiatives. Last year’s awardee was the Links, Inc.

The Kimbell Art Museum – GLOBAL NEXUS AWARD. Awarded last year to Cook Children’s Health Care System, this award recognizes businesses that are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating commerce and a healthier community for all.

Miguel Harth-Bedoya – GLOBAL IMPACT AWARD. This award is based on an individual’s role in promoting Fort Worth globally, developing international partnerships, and establishing connections, particularly in the areas of business, culture, education, immigration, and tourism. Past honorees include: 2015 Recipient: U. S. Congresswoman Kay Granger 2017 Recipient: Bob Jameson 2019 Recipient: Ross Perot, Jr.

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Sister Cities Presents Global Impact Awards

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (October 21, 2021) – Fort Worth Sister Cities International’s 20th Mayor’s International Dinner & Global Awards will be held Nov. 11, 2021 at the River Ranch Stockyards. Tickets can be purchased here.

Mayor Mattie Parker and Dinner Chairs, Dr. Rachael and Carlo Capua are hosting an evening of international cuisine and entertainment as Sister Cities celebrates its first sister city, Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Global Awards will also be presented to individuals, businesses, and organizations that have made significant contributions to citizen diplomacy, global understanding, world political stability and international commerce in the following categories.

Jerry Boonyaratanakornkit and Rich Petronis – GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AWARD. This is a new award created to recognize a trail-blazing business based on their vision to achieve their goals and to promote Fort Worth globally, developing international partnerships and establishing global connections to provide understanding of other cultures.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth – GLOBAL CITIZENS AWARD. This award recognizes organizations that are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth creating a positive view of the U.S. through educational, humanitarian or cultural initiatives. Last year’s awardee was the Links, Inc.

The Kimbell Art Museum – GLOBAL NEXUS AWARD. Awarded last year to Cook Children’s Health Care System, this award recognizes businesses that are connected globally and are good representatives of Fort Worth to the world creating commerce and a healthier community for all.

Miguel Harth-Bedoya – GLOBAL IMPACT AWARD. This award is based on an individual’s role in promoting Fort Worth globally, developing international partnerships, and establishing connections, particularly in the areas of business, culture, education, immigration, and tourism. Past honorees include: 2015 Recipient: U. S. Congresswoman Kay Granger 2017 Recipient: Bob Jameson 2019 Recipient: Ross Perot, Jr.