Our Impact

Our Impact

Positive results, in Fort Worth and beyond.

Deepening intercultural understanding positively impacts our community and our world in countless ways, providing significant economic and cultural benefits to the city of Fort Worth including:

  • Annual economic impact of more than $14 million
  • 500 visitors annually for cultural and educational exchanges
  • Nearly $100,000 awarded in educational scholarships annually
  • Hundreds reached through cultural competency and training opportunities

In 2022, Fort Worth Sister Cities International continued our robust programming virtually, while returning to more in-person events, in recognition of the fact that cultural competency is more important now than ever before:

  • In-person youth and adult exchanges with our sister cities of Nîmes, France; Reggio Emilia, Italy; Toluca, Mexico; and Trier, Germany; as well as virtual youth exchanges with Nagaoka, Japan and students in Venezuela
  • A virtual roadshow series highlighting the culture, history and customs of our sister cities each month.
  • Adult receptions and activities, including entertainment with some of our sister cities, that provide cultural insights
  • The return of the International Leadership Academy with over 50 visitors to Fort Worth

Of special note are the youth exchanges, which focused on high school students from Fort Worth and our sister cities. Our participants reported:

  • 85% expanded knowledge of other cultures
  • 75% increased awareness of global issues
  • 80% improved leadership skills
  • 80% felt more self-sufficient
  • 76% felt more confident and independent

Download our most recent Annual Report for more information, including financial statements and revenue breakdowns.

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“Fort Worth Sister Cities plays a vital role in the vitality of our community. The interactions we are able to participate in as a result of the organization’s work provide a common platform for representatives from different parts of the world to discuss issues from both a cultural and economic standpoint. As Fort Worth continues to expand its international presence, these types of relationships will be extremely important.” – Robert Sturns, Economic Development Director, City of Fort Worth