International Students Attend Leadership Academies

Fort Worth, TX: Meet the World in Fort Worth, Theme of Academies

High school students from around the world will descend on Fort Worth starting July 12. Students from eSwatini, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Mexico, along with Fort Worth students, will be in Fort Worth for the 29th International Leadership Academy (ILA). 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 eight sister cities to the area to discuss pressing global issues. This year, nearly 90 participants will converge at Texas Christian University (TCU) July 12 – 26 to share their cultures and learn about citizen diplomacy and its importance.

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.

This year marks the 14th year of ILA’s middle school program, the Jr. International Leadership Academy (JILA) held July 9 – 13. College students from Toluca, Mexico 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 25, 6:30 p.m. at TCU’s BLUU Ballroom and is free and open to the public. For more info call 817/632-7100.

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 sixth edition of the Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Italy next week July 5 – 14, 2018.

The games create an opportunity for young people to convey a positive impression of American youth to over 3,000 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 Michael Jacobsson, Fort Worth Tricolore Chair. “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 Matt Graves, Tricolore Vice Chair.

The Tricolore Games are held every four years in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Fort Worth’s sister city for thirty-three years, and Fort Worth will be the sole representative of the U.S.A. Teams participating are girls volleyball, swimming, and four boys baseball teams.

Youth Represent Fort Worth in France, Japan, Swaziland

FORT WORTH, TX – Youth Ambassadors travel to three sister cities

Forty-six students and leaders are visiting three of Fort Worth’s sister cities this month including Nîmes, France; Nagaoka, Japan; and Mbabane, Swaziland.

These Youth Ambassadors of Fort Worth benefit from a global education. In addition to learning leadership skills and participating in cultural exchange, they also receive training to become citizen diplomats representing the U.S., Texas, and Fort Worth which enhances their college and career opportunities.

“Today’s growing global community is making more of a footprint in young people’s lives, making cultural understanding and exchange a pivotal part of a student’s education. Our student-centered program ensures students develop the skills necessary for them to pursue their own goals and become globally-minded leaders in their communities,” said Johnny Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Sister Cities.

Educators from the FWISD, private schools, and universities will lead the delegations including:

Nîmes, France: Jay Kurima, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences and Marvin Vann Griffith, World Languages Institute, as well as Associate Delegation Leaders Stephanie Atkinson and Michelle Chuah

Nagaoka, Japan: James Gleaton, Tarrant County College and Courtney Smith, Como Montessori, as well as Associate Delegation Leaders Sienna Andrade, University of Texas at Arlington and Rubi Roy, Tarrant County College

Mbabane, Swaziland: Kimberly Tezak-Daus, Diamond Hill-Jarvis, as well as Associate Delegation Leaders Madeline Hale, University of Texas at Dallas and Jailine Garcia, Tarrant County College

Sister Cities Partnering with FWISD for Dual Language Camp

Fort Worth, Texas — Local elementary students receiving dual language enrichment

Fort Worth Sister Cities International will welcome 10 university students and two educators from Toluca, Mexico’s Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education this week for the Dual Language Immersion Camp for elementary students in partnership with the Fort Worth ISD (FWISD). The Toluca students will act as international facilitators for the three-week camp June 11-28.

This year’s theme is Art: An Expression of Language and will provide summer enrichment for FWISD students in dual language studies to increase language and literacy across the content areas.

All 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, AT&T Stadium, the Kimbell Art Museum, Concert in the Gardens, Sundance Square Plaza and more.

The closing ceremony will take place on June 28 at Burton Hill Elementary School.

Fort Worth to Represent USA at Italian Sports Games

Fort Worth, TX – Sister Cities fields youth sports teams

Fort Worth Sister Cities International will send nearly 100 student athletes and coaches to the 6th Edition of the Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy July 5 – 14, 2018.

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

“Living with and competing against nearly 4,000 young athletes from around the world, our Sports Ambassadors will undoubtedly learn that they have much more in common with the other participants than what separates them,” said Johnny Campbell, Chairman of the Board. “These are the types of experiences that help kids shape their understanding and acceptance of people from other cultures.”

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

“The Games offer an international experience you can’t get as a casual tourist,” said Fort Worth Sister Cities Sports Games Chair Michael Jacobsson. “The athletes will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.”

The Tricolore Games are held every four years in Reggio Emilia, Italy, Fort Worth’s first sister city, and Fort Worth will be the sole representative of the U.S. Teams participating are girls volleyball, girls and boys tennis, girls and boys swimming, and four boys baseball teams.

Sister Cities Youth Make a Difference for Kids In Swaziland

FORT WORTH, TX – Community Service a Big Part of Global Education  

Over twenty-five students gathered at UNT Health Science Center recently to work on an annual community service project as part of their global education.

The students assembled Dream Delivered Boxes (DDB) jam-packed with informational magazines, hands-on educational activities, and toys, all themed around a different career. DDB is an off-shoot of Dream Outside the Box, a free after-school program for kids K-12th grade, designed to show children the endless career possibilities the world has to offer and put kids on a pathway to success.

“Our kids work hard to find meaningful community service projects each year. As soon as they heard about Dream Outside the Box, they knew that’s what they wanted to do,” said Beth Weibel, Sr. Program Manager. “Our programs ensure that students develop the skills necessary to pursue their own goals and become globally-minded leaders in their communities, so it makes sense for them to help other children dream of the possibilities, too.”

A delegation of students will visit Mbabane, Swaziland in June and deliver the boxes to children at the Nkwalini Community Center, made possible through a grant funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation received by Fort Worth Sister Cities in 2010.

Fort Worth Youth International is open to students grades 6-12 who want to learn about the cultures and customs of Fort Worth’s eight sister cities. The group hosts events for international visitors and develops leadership skills through organizing various projects.  They promote local and international community service projects and raise scholarships for students to travel to Fort Worth’s sister cities in order to further their education.

For more information contact Beth Weibel at beth@fwsistercities.org or call 817/632-7100.

Youth Represent Fort Worth in Germany, Hungary, Italy and Mexico

FORT WORTH, TX – Goodwill Ambassadors travel to four Sister Cities

Thirty-seven students and leaders are visiting four of Fort Worth’s sister cities this month including Trier, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Reggio Emilia, Italy; and Toluca, Mexico.

These Youth Ambassadors of Fort Worth benefit from a global education. In addition to learning leadership skills and participating in cultural exchange, they also receive training to become citizen diplomats representing the U.S., Texas, and Fort Worth which enhances their college and career opportunities.

“Today’s growing global community is making more of a footprint in young people’s lives, making cultural understanding and exchange a pivotal part of a student’s education. Our student-centered program ensures students develop the skills necessary for them to pursue their own goals and become globally-minded leaders in their communities,” said Johnny Campbell, Chairman of the Board of Sister Cities.

Educators from the FWISD, private schools, and universities will lead the delegations including:

Trier, Germany: Christian Gehman, Trinity Valley School, as well as Associate Delegation Leader Shannon Owings, University of Texas at Austin

Reggio Emilia, Italy: Angelia Ross, International Newcomer School, as well as Associate Delegation Leader Edward Ayala, Tarrant County College.

Budapest, Hungary: Andreanne Annis, Fort Worth Country Day, as well as Associate Delegation Leaders Arian Martinez, Tarrant County College and Kenneth McCleveland, Pennsylvania State University.

Toluca, Mexico: Joe Ayala, Western Hills High School, as well as Associate Delegation Leader Nancy Martinez, Sam Houston State University.

More students will depart for exchanges in the summer.

Fort Worth Welcomes Bioengineering Students From Mexico

Fort Worth, TX – Visiting delegation to tour local companies

Fort Worth Sister Cities International is thrilled to be hosting a delegation of engineering students from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in our sister city of Toluca, Mexico.

Ten bioengineering students and two professors are returning to Fort Worth for a mentorship exchange March 23-30.

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.

Students will visit: University of North Texas Health Science Center, Tarrant County College, the Fort Worth Police Department Crime Lab, the University of Texas at Arlington Bioengineering Department, Texas Health Resources, the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, AT&T Stadium and the Dannon Company.

To show the group Texas hospitality, they will be home hosted by community leaders.

If you’re interested in home hosting in the future, please contact Beth Weibel with Fort Worth Sister Cities International at beth@fwsistercities.org.  

International Youth Ambassadors Given Oath at Council Meeting

FORT WORTH, TX – Students selected to visit Fort Worth’s Sister Cities

Nearly 100 Fort Worth students recently completed a vigorous selection process and have been selected to represent the City of Fort Worth as Ambassadors to several of Fort Worth’s international partners.

These students and their delegation leaders will attend the Fort Worth City Council meeting Feb. 13 at 7:00 pm where Mayor Price will administer the Citizen Diplomat Oath to the students and their delegation leaders.

“Selection of Youth Ambassadors is a competitive process and we feel we have an outstanding class to represent Fort Worth and the U.S.A. this year,” said Dr. Sheryl Harris, Chair of the Exchanges and Outreach committee of Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

This year’s Youth Ambassadors will represent Fort Worth in France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Swaziland. Scholarship assistance of over $100,000 is awarded annually ensuring a diverse group of students and teachers.

A complete list of Youth Ambassadors can be found at fwsistercities.org/congratulations-to-the-students-selected-for-youth-exchanges-in-2018/

Congratulations to all the Youth Ambassadors who will embark on life-changing exchanges this year. Represent us well!

Students selected for 2018 youth exchanges

Harashin Scholars

Delegation Leaders:
  • Dawnelle Butler, Westlake Academy
  • Nicole Vallee, Tarrant County College
Students:
  • William Dibble, Trinity Valley School
  • Priscilla Gutierrez, Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS
  • Imani Kayembe, Richland HS
  • Will Lourcey, Trinity Valley School
  • Emily Pruitt, Marine Creek Collegiate
  • Rebecca Cichock, Arlington HS
  • Katelyn Parham, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Brigit Teschendorf, Timber Creek HS
Alternate: Samantha Cruz, Legacy HS

Reggio Emilia, Italy

Delegation Leaders:
  • Angelia Ross, International Newcomer Academy
  • Dalynn Cross, Diamond Hill Jarvis HS
Associate Delegation Leader
  • Edward Ayala, Tarrant County College
Students:
  • Karen Arreguin, R.L. Paschal HS
  • Karen Ayala, TABS
  • Liliana Bermudez, Nolan Catholic HS
  • DJ Carter, Arlington Heights HS
  • Alexandra Galloway, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Leticia Garcia, R.L. Paschal HS
  • Randito Howard, R.L. Paschal HS
  • John Nolan, R.L. Paschal HS
  • Jamil Okada, Colleyville Heritage HS
  • Aman Patel, Arlington Heights HS
  • Hemmingway Simmons, R.L. Paschal HS
  • Carlos Turcios, World Languages Institute

Trier, Germany

Delegation Leaders:
  • Gina Powell, Young Men’s Leadership Academy
  • Christian Gehman, Trinity Valley School
Students:
  • Sebastian Archibald, Arlington Heights HS
  • Trinity Crockett, World Languages Institute
  • Abigail Dillon, Arlington Heights HS
  • Beckett Frijs, Arlington Heights HS
  • Sarah Morton, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Karla Olivo, R.L. Paschal HS
  • Jacobi Reddix, All Saints Episcopal

Budapest, Hungary

Delegation Leader
  • Andreanne Annis, Fort Worth Country Day School
Associate Delegation Leader
  • Arian Martinez, Tarrant County College
Students:
  • Alma Briones, Northside HS
  • Samantha Cruz, Legacy HS
  • Vanessa Garcia, TABS
  • Gabriela Gomez, Nolan Catholic HS
  • Rafael Gomez, Nolan Catholic HS
  • Angely Hernandez, Arlington Heights HS
  • Mario Terrell III, Young Men’s Leadership Academy

Toluca, Mexico

Delegation Leader
  • Joe Ayala, Western Hills HS
Associate Delegation Leader
  • Nancy Martinez, Sam Houston State
Students:
  • Roberto Aguilar, Arlington Heights HS
  • Brett Crumbie, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Asheria Hart, Cedar Hill Collegiate HS
  • Ben Orr, Anderson Private School
  • Evelyn Tapia, Western Hills HS

Nîmes, France

Delegation Leaders:
  • Jay Kurima, TABS
  • Marvin Vann Griffith, World Languages Institute
Students:
  • Sofia Camacho, Southwest HS
  • Hillary Fillmore, Southwest Christian HS
  • Lilian Hicks, TABS
  • Trinity Lee, Ranchview HS
  • Will Lourcey, Trinity Valley School
  • Kareli Olivo, TABS
  • Karla Olivo, R.L. Paschal HS
  • Clarissa Ramirez, Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS
  • Karli Reed, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Hemmingway Simmons, R.L. Paschal HS
  • Lesli Sotelo, R.L. Paschal HS
  • Katherine Villegas, R.L. Paschal HS

Mbabane, Swaziland

Delegation Leaders:
  • Stephen Blan, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Kimberly Tezak Daus, Diamond Hill-Jarvis HS
Associate Delegation Leaders:
  • Madeline Hale, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Jailine Garcia, Tarrant County College
Students:
  • Alexandra Galloway, Fort Worth Country Day
  • Vanessa Garcia, TABS
  • Alana Hawkins, Cedar Hill Collegiate
  • Brady O’Donald, Marine Creek Collegiate
  • Kaila O’Donald, Marine Creek Collegiate
  • Campbell Robinson, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Will Thomas, Fort Worth Country Day School

Nagaoka, Japan

Delegation Leaders:
  • James Gleaton, Tarrant County College
  • Courtney Smith, Como Montessori
Associate Delegation Leader
  • Rubi Roy, Tarrant County College
Students:
  • Alma Briones, Northside HS
  • Luis Camacho, World Languages Institute
  • Kevin Campos, World Languages Institute
  • Kaya Emanuel, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Victoria Gomez, Nolan Catholic HS
  • Stephanie Galaviz, Western Hills HS
  • Bronwyn Logan, H.F. Stephens Middle School
  • Paola Mendoza, Northside HS
  • Natalie Moreno, World Languages Institute
  • Jorge Muñoz, World Languages Institute
  • Holy Navarro, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Reshma Niraula, Fort Worth Country Day School
  • Lexi O’Brien, Boswell HS
  • Skyler Porter, Como Montessori School
  • Jacobi Reddix, All Saints Episcopal
  • Litzully Sosa, Young Women’s Leadership Academy
  • Shea Sullivan, R.L. Paschal HS
  • Andrea Torres, World Languages Institute
  • Cora Valderas, Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts
  • Yoselin Yanez, R.L. Paschal HS