Scholarship Recipients Represent Fort Worth in Japan

Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities provides unique opportunity for students

Since 1990, The Harashin Co. of Nagaoka, Japan has funded scholarships for eight Fort Worth students and two teachers to travel there for an educational and cultural enrichment experience. In return, the families of these Fort Worth students host students and teachers from Nagaoka in their homes.

This program and all the scholarships have been funded by the Hara family and Harashin Co. Ltd. of Nagaoka. For 33 years, it is estimated that over $2 million has been generously donated benefiting Fort Worth families.

Fort Worth Harashin scholars include Laila Abu Tobeh, Julieta Almanza, Anjali Ferguson, Dorothea Hart, Alexandra Rodriguez, Jonathan Pulido, and Ian Valderas; and will be led by Delegation Leaders Kimberly Kowalski and Dimanche Brewer.

“Exchange programs are a key element in the overall programs of Fort Worth Sister Cities and this unique opportunity for students is no exception,” said Greg Jackson, Chairman of Fort Worth Sister Cities International. The students depart July 26 for a 10-day exchange and the Japanese students will be in Fort Worth Aug. 8-17.

All student applicants (grades 9-11) participate in a vigorous selection process including teacher recommendations, essays and personal interviews. The Harashin Scholars are required to attend monthly cultural orientations to further enrich their international experience and prepare them for the exchange.

Exchanges with each of Fort Worth’s nine sister cities provide youth the opportunity to spend time with an international host family and experience their history, culture and customs. These students become citizen diplomats through this program. It gives them a better understanding of other cultures providing them an international education only these programs can offer.

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2023-06-13 04:45

Scholarship Recipients Represent Fort Worth in Japan

Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities provides unique opportunity for students

Since 1990, The Harashin Co. of Nagaoka, Japan has funded scholarships for eight Fort Worth students and two teachers to travel there for an educational and cultural enrichment experience. In return, the families of these Fort Worth students host students and teachers from Nagaoka in their homes.

This program and all the scholarships have been funded by the Hara family and Harashin Co. Ltd. of Nagaoka. For 33 years, it is estimated that over $2 million has been generously donated benefiting Fort Worth families.

Fort Worth Harashin scholars include Laila Abu Tobeh, Julieta Almanza, Anjali Ferguson, Dorothea Hart, Alexandra Rodriguez, Jonathan Pulido, and Ian Valderas; and will be led by Delegation Leaders Kimberly Kowalski and Dimanche Brewer.

“Exchange programs are a key element in the overall programs of Fort Worth Sister Cities and this unique opportunity for students is no exception,” said Greg Jackson, Chairman of Fort Worth Sister Cities International. The students depart July 26 for a 10-day exchange and the Japanese students will be in Fort Worth Aug. 8-17.

All student applicants (grades 9-11) participate in a vigorous selection process including teacher recommendations, essays and personal interviews. The Harashin Scholars are required to attend monthly cultural orientations to further enrich their international experience and prepare them for the exchange.

Exchanges with each of Fort Worth’s nine sister cities provide youth the opportunity to spend time with an international host family and experience their history, culture and customs. These students become citizen diplomats through this program. It gives them a better understanding of other cultures providing them an international education only these programs can offer.

Find our more about youth exchanges>

International Students Attend Leadership Academy

Fort Worth, TX: Peace Builders, Theme of Academy

High school students from around the world will descend on Fort Worth starting July 8. Students from Eswatini, Italy, and Japan, along with Fort Worth students, will be in Fort Worth for the 34th International Leadership Academy. The academy’s goal is to increase communication and leadership skills through teambuilding and problem-solving using diplomacy.

Since 1989, 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 Texas Christian University July 8 – 23 to share their cultures and learn about citizen diplomacy and its importance.

“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 Nelcy Cardenas, ILA Coordinator.

Participants will live on the TCU campus 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.

Fort Worth Representing USA at Italian Sports Games

Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities fields youth sports teams

Fort Worth is sending nearly 100 student athletes and coaches to the seventh edition of the Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy July 22 – 30, 2023.

The games create an opportunity for young people to convey a positive impression of American youth to nearly 1,000 athletes from around the world who will be participating in the event.

“Living with and competing against these young athletes, our students will undoubtedly learn that they have much more in common with them than what separates them,” said Matt Graves, Tricolore Chair in Fort Worth. “These are the types of experiences that help kids shape their understanding and acceptance of people from other cultures and it’s a lot of fun, too!”

The athletes and coaches will compete and live in an Olympic-style village with student athletes from other countries, as well as represent Fort Worth and the U.S.A. through positive sportsmanship and goodwill.

“The games offer an international experience these kids will remember the rest of their lives. Bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals will be a highlight of their athletic careers,” said Tom Law, Tricolore Committee Member.

The Tricolore Games are held every four years in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Fort Worth’s sister city for 38 years, and Fort Worth will be the sole representative of the U.S.A. Teams participating are  competing in baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, and volleyball.

2023-06-13 03:53

Fort Worth Representing USA at Italian Sports Games

Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities fields youth sports teams

Fort Worth is sending nearly 100 student athletes and coaches to the seventh edition of the Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy July 22 – 30, 2023.

The games create an opportunity for young people to convey a positive impression of American youth to nearly 1,000 athletes from around the world who will be participating in the event.

“Living with and competing against these young athletes, our students will undoubtedly learn that they have much more in common with them than what separates them,” said Matt Graves, Tricolore Chair in Fort Worth. “These are the types of experiences that help kids shape their understanding and acceptance of people from other cultures and it’s a lot of fun, too!”

The athletes and coaches will compete and live in an Olympic-style village with student athletes from other countries, as well as represent Fort Worth and the U.S.A. through positive sportsmanship and goodwill.

“The games offer an international experience these kids will remember the rest of their lives. Bringing home gold, silver and bronze medals will be a highlight of their athletic careers,” said Tom Law, Tricolore Committee Member.

The Tricolore Games are held every four years in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Fort Worth’s sister city for 38 years, and Fort Worth will be the sole representative of the U.S.A. Teams participating are  competing in baseball, basketball, soccer, swimming, and volleyball.

Elementary Students Receiving Dual Language Immersion

Fort Worth, Texas – Sister Cities Partners with FWISD

In June, Fort Worth will welcome eight 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 Enrichment 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 June 12-29 at Burton Hill Elementary School.

This year’s theme is “Our World: Present, Past & Future” and will provide summer enrichment for FWISD students in dual language studies to increase language and literacy across the content areas. Nearly 100 students are expected to attend.

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 and more.

The closing showcase for Dual Language Camp will be held at Burton Hill Elementary School on June 29 at 10:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

Architectural Program from Mexico Partnering Locally

Fort Worth, Texas – Visiting delegation hosted by Sister Cities

Fort Worth Sister Cities International will host a delegation of architecture students from the prestigious campus of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Fort Worth’s sister city of Toluca, Mexico.

Architectural engineering students and their professor will be in Fort Worth for a mentorship program May 30-June 7.

While in Fort Worth, the group will visit several businesses and universities to learn about the variety of potential careers in their chosen field, and to learn about the sciences behind those fields. The students will also learn about various structures throughout Fort Worth, known for their unique architecture. Students will visit: Huitt-Zollars, Mrs. Renfro’s, Sundance Square, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth Central Library, Tarrant County Courthouse, Trinity River Vision Authority, Texas and Pacific Station, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Multatech.

“Educational and professional exchanges are integral to the strength of Fort Worth’s global partnerships. These kinds of exchanges enhance local companies’ reach into global markets while at the same time creating stronger ties with our neighbors to the south,” said Toluca Chair Teresa Ayala.

In their free time, the group will visit sites such as the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Stockyards Station and AT&T Stadium.

To show the group our Texas hospitality, they will be home hosted.

2023-05-11 11:59

Architectural Program from Mexico Partnering Locally

Fort Worth, Texas – Visiting delegation hosted by Sister Cities

Fort Worth Sister Cities International will host a delegation of architecture students from the prestigious campus of Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Fort Worth’s sister city of Toluca, Mexico.

Architectural engineering students and their professor will be in Fort Worth for a mentorship program May 30-June 7.

While in Fort Worth, the group will visit several businesses and universities to learn about the variety of potential careers in their chosen field, and to learn about the sciences behind those fields. The students will also learn about various structures throughout Fort Worth, known for their unique architecture. Students will visit: Huitt-Zollars, Mrs. Renfro’s, Sundance Square, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth Central Library, Tarrant County Courthouse, Trinity River Vision Authority, Texas and Pacific Station, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, and Multatech.

“Educational and professional exchanges are integral to the strength of Fort Worth’s global partnerships. These kinds of exchanges enhance local companies’ reach into global markets while at the same time creating stronger ties with our neighbors to the south,” said Toluca Chair Teresa Ayala.

In their free time, the group will visit sites such as the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Stockyards Station and AT&T Stadium.

To show the group our Texas hospitality, they will be home hosted.

Sister Cities Youth Board Elected for 2023-24 School Year

On May 7, the Fort Worth Youth International board elected officers for the 2023-24 school year. Stay tuned to hear about their innovative plans to engage youth in the Fort Worth community.

A celebration was held to thank the outgoing board for their many accomplishments during the year. Led by President Leah Peterson, the board hosted a Taste of Sister Cities kickoff event, volunteered at the Mayor’s International International Dinner, Lunar New Year Celebration, and Japanese Children’s Day, educated their peers about New Year celebrations around the world, and organized a service project for Refugee Services of North Texas.

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

2023-24 Officers

  • President: Delia Sanchez Juarez, World Languages Institute
  • Vice President: Alexandra Rodriguez, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Secretary: Abigail Cawyer, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Fundraising Officer: Nara Acuna-Guba, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Public Relations Officer: Denise Smith, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Cultural Orientations and Programs Officer: Andrew Booth, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Community Outreach Officer: Myiesha Sharma, Flower Mound High School

At Large Members, Harashin Scholars

  • Laila Abu Tobeh, Aledo High School
  • Anjali Ferguson, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences
  • Dorothea Hart, Booker T. Washington High School
  • Jonathan Pulido, World Languages Institute
  • Connor Smith, Paschal High School

At Large Members, School Representatives

  • International Newcomer Academy: Christian Jones
  • World Languages Institute: Aileene Santillan
  • Paschal High School: Sam Brown & Valeria Venegas
  • Western Hills High School: Vianet Garcia & Daisy Daniels
  • Arlington Heights High School: Keiko Sanchez
  • Northside High School: Dolores Mills
  • Trinity Valley School: Grace Hackworth
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy: Aixa Rodiguez & Sidney Jones
  • McLean Middle School: Leah Mocek
  • Home School: Antti Havia
  • Southwest Christian School: Carson Stavenhagen
  • IM Terrell: Ava Stubblefield
  • Fort Worth Country Day School: Gigi Schueneman
  • All Saints Episcopal School: Erin Miller
  • Southlake Carroll High School: Lauren Oliver
  • Crowley Collegiate High School: Shynice Conner

2023-05-09 09:56

Sister Cities Youth Board Elected for 2023-24 School Year

On May 7, the Fort Worth Youth International board elected officers for the 2023-24 school year. Stay tuned to hear about their innovative plans to engage youth in the Fort Worth community.

A celebration was held to thank the outgoing board for their many accomplishments during the year. Led by President Leah Peterson, the board hosted a Taste of Sister Cities kickoff event, volunteered at the Mayor’s International International Dinner, Lunar New Year Celebration, and Japanese Children’s Day, educated their peers about New Year celebrations around the world, and organized a service project for Refugee Services of North Texas.

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

2023-24 Officers

  • President: Delia Sanchez Juarez, World Languages Institute
  • Vice President: Alexandra Rodriguez, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Secretary: Abigail Cawyer, Nolan Catholic High School
  • Fundraising Officer: Nara Acuna-Guba, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Public Relations Officer: Denise Smith, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Cultural Orientations and Programs Officer: Andrew Booth, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Community Outreach Officer: Myiesha Sharma, Flower Mound High School

At Large Members, Harashin Scholars

  • Laila Abu Tobeh, Aledo High School
  • Anjali Ferguson, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences
  • Dorothea Hart, Booker T. Washington High School
  • Jonathan Pulido, World Languages Institute
  • Connor Smith, Paschal High School

At Large Members, School Representatives

  • International Newcomer Academy: Christian Jones
  • World Languages Institute: Aileene Santillan
  • Paschal High School: Sam Brown & Valeria Venegas
  • Western Hills High School: Vianet Garcia & Daisy Daniels
  • Arlington Heights High School: Keiko Sanchez
  • Northside High School: Dolores Mills
  • Trinity Valley School: Grace Hackworth
  • Young Women’s Leadership Academy: Aixa Rodiguez & Sidney Jones
  • McLean Middle School: Leah Mocek
  • Home School: Antti Havia
  • Southwest Christian School: Carson Stavenhagen
  • IM Terrell: Ava Stubblefield
  • Fort Worth Country Day School: Gigi Schueneman
  • All Saints Episcopal School: Erin Miller
  • Southlake Carroll High School: Lauren Oliver
  • Crowley Collegiate High School: Shynice Conner

Young Artists and Poets 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 Co-Chairs Rachel Jenkins and Julia King and their 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)

Poets

2023-04-24 11:37

Young Artists and Poets 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 Co-Chairs Rachel Jenkins and Julia King and their 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)

Poets

Young Professionals From Kazakhstan Examine Response To Domestic Violence 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 Kazakhstan to Fort Worth from April 7-15, 2023, 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.

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 law enforcement and social services response to domestic violence from local leaders in Fort Worth. Activities include visits to One Safe Place, the Fort Worth Police Department, Alliance for Children, the District Attorney’s Office, SafeHaven of Tarrant County 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/.

2023-03-27 04:44

Young Professionals From Kazakhstan Examine Response To Domestic Violence 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 Kazakhstan to Fort Worth from April 7-15, 2023, 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.

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 law enforcement and social services response to domestic violence from local leaders in Fort Worth. Activities include visits to One Safe Place, the Fort Worth Police Department, Alliance for Children, the District Attorney’s Office, SafeHaven of Tarrant County 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/.

Seeking Community Engagement Manager

In an increasingly divided world, Fort Worth Sister Cities International brings individuals, cultures and countries together for the benefit of all. We manage the City of Fort Worth’s nine sister city relationships around the world. No other organization in Fort Worth promotes global understanding, as well as builds and sustains international relationships the way we do and you could be part of making that happen.

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in development and marketing who will work alongside the President/CEO to tell our story. This high-level position requires an individual who is a highly competent enabler of volunteers and who can develop innovative communications and development plans. This individual should also possesses excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

The amount of knowledge required would typically be acquired in a bachelor’s degree and minimum 3-5 years fundraising and marketing experience in a professional position. The individual is expected to:

  • Translate goals into achievable outcomes
  • Help set and manage expectations
  • Plan and implement a fund development program
  • Plan and implement a marketing plan
  • Establish relationships with CEO, board, volunteers, donors and the public
  • Plan and meet deadlines while maintaining a flexible work schedule
  • Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player
  • Graphic design, event planning and CRM software management experience a plus

If you want to join this internationally recognized and awarded team to promote Fort Worth around the world, send your resume and cover letter to amy@fwsistercities.org.

2023-03-17 11:38

Seeking Community Engagement Manager

In an increasingly divided world, Fort Worth Sister Cities International brings individuals, cultures and countries together for the benefit of all. We manage the City of Fort Worth’s nine sister city relationships around the world. No other organization in Fort Worth promotes global understanding, as well as builds and sustains international relationships the way we do and you could be part of making that happen.

We are looking for a team-oriented individual with experience in development and marketing who will work alongside the President/CEO to tell our story. This high-level position requires an individual who is a highly competent enabler of volunteers and who can develop innovative communications and development plans. This individual should also possesses excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

The amount of knowledge required would typically be acquired in a bachelor’s degree and minimum 3-5 years fundraising and marketing experience in a professional position. The individual is expected to:

  • Translate goals into achievable outcomes
  • Help set and manage expectations
  • Plan and implement a fund development program
  • Plan and implement a marketing plan
  • Establish relationships with CEO, board, volunteers, donors and the public
  • Plan and meet deadlines while maintaining a flexible work schedule
  • Demonstrate initiative and work as a team player
  • Graphic design, event planning and CRM software management experience a plus

If you want to join this internationally recognized and awarded team to promote Fort Worth around the world, send your resume and cover letter to amy@fwsistercities.org.

Fort Worth Welcomes French Students

Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities Partners with Local Schools

Fort Worth welcomes students from its newest sister city, Nîmes, France.

Two teachers and 20 students from Nîmes (pronounced NEEM) will be hosted by the World Languages Institute, Fort Worth Country Day School, and Nolan Catholic High School Feb. 10-19. Students will be home hosted by community volunteers giving them a true Texas experience, as well as providing a glimpse of life in America.

“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.”

The students will also attend school and visit cultural sites of interest while in Fort Worth including a visit to the Stockyards, the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and a special opportunity to attend a Dallas Mavericks games and meet French player Frank Ntilikina.

Find out more about youth exchanges>