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

Fort Worth Youth Ambassadors Visit Japan & Prepare for Reciprocal Exchange

FORT WORTH, TX Sister Cities provides unique opportunity for Fort Worth youth

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 26 years, it is estimated that over $2 million has been generously donated.

Fort Worth Harashin scholars include: Henry Chao, Charlie Estes, Valeria Gutierrez, Zoe Nichols-Payne, Jamil Okada, Matthew Ontiveros, Janrose Samson, Shay Smith, and delegation leaders Liliana Hinojosa and Mikako Daniel.

“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 Johnny Campbell, Chairman of Fort Worth Sister Cities International. The students depart July 26 for a week-long exchange and the Japanese students will be in Fort Worth August 8-16.

On August 14, Fort Worth and Nagaoka Harashin scholars will visit Globe Life Park for Japan America Friendship Night with the Texas Rangers. The students and delegation leaders will have the opportunity to take part in a pre-game flag ceremony on the field.

All student applicants (9th-11th grades) 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 eight sister cities provide youth the opportunity to spend 9-15 days 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.

International Students Attend Leadership Academies

Fort Worth, TX: The Art of Diplomacy, Theme of Academies

High school students from around the world will descend on Fort Worth starting July 10.  Students from Germany, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, and Swaziland, along with Fort Worth students, will be in Fort Worth for the 28th International Leadership Academy. The Academy’s goal is to increase communication and leadership skills through team-building and problem-solving using the art of diplomacy.

Since 1989, the International Leadership Academy (ILA) has brought young people from Fort Worth’s 8 sister cities to the area to discuss pressing global issues. This year, nearly 75 participants will converge at Texas Christian University (TCU) July 15 – 30 to share their cultures and learn about citizen diplomacy and its importance in today’s world.

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 13th year of ILA’s middle school program, the Jr. International Leadership Academy (JILA), held July 10—14. College students from Toluca, Mexico and Mbabane, Swaziland 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 takes place July 29, 10:00 a.m. at TCU’s BLUU Ballroom and is free and open to the public. For more info call 817/632-7100.

Sister Cities Partnering With FWISD For 4th Spanish Immersion Camp

Fort Worth, Texas — Local elementary students receiving Spanish enrichment training

Fort Worth Sister Cities International will welcome 10 university students and 2 educators from Toluca, Mexico’s Tec de Monterrey university this week for the 4th Spanish Immersion and Enrichment Camp for elementary students in partnership with the FWISD. The Toluca students will act as international facilitators for the two-week camp ending June 23.

“The FWISD is thrilled to partner with Sister Cities in this way providing our students an opportunity to study Spanish from native speakers. Last year’s camp proved to be very successful with over 125 elementary students participating,” said Elda Rojas Director of the World Language Department for the FWISD.

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 Spanish from native speakers 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.

Toluca, Mexico is Fort Worth’s closest sister city. Signed in 1998, this partnership has resulted in many exciting programs such as: middle and high school-to-school partnerships including a Model UN program; municipal and economic forums; monarch butterfly tourism exchanges; culture, language, and mentoring programs; a medical school intern program; a City of Fort Worth Police Department training program; and a symposium on women’s issues.

 

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

Fort Worth, Texas – Goodwill Ambassadors travel to four Sister Cities 

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

The youth 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 global community and marketplace is increasingly interconnected, making cultural understanding and exchange a pivotal aspect 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 local universities will lead the delegations including:

Trier, Germany: Tracey Cravens, North Side High School and Nancy Martinez, Sam Houston State University.

Reggio Emilia, Italy: Marvin Vann Griffith, Southwest High School, Heather Kurima, Trimble Tech High School, Jay Kurima, Texas Academy of Biomedical Science and Jose Frayre, Polytechnic High School, as well as Associate Delegation Leader Arian Martinez, Tarrant County College.

Budapest, Hungary: James Gleaton, Tarrant County College and T’Aundra Harlin, Uplift Summit International Prep., as well as Associate Delegation Leader Samuel Whiting, George Washington University.

Toluca, Mexico: Masaki Nakamoto, Paschal High School and Rhonda O’Brien, North Side High School, as well as Associate Delegation Leader Clara Counts, Tarrant County College and Educator Ambassador Jose Romero, Polytechnic High School.

More students will depart for exchanges in the summer.

International Youth Ambassadors Selected 2017

FORT WORTH, TX – Students selected to visit Fort Worth’s Sister Cities in 2017 

YA in FlorenceNearly 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.

Youth Ambassador exchanges provide a global education for students giving them the opportunity to explore history and experience languages, culture, and arts of the country they visit. Students live with host families to develop an understanding of the culture and its traditions during exchanges that range from 9 to 14 days.

sundance squareThis year’s Ambassadors represent the Fort Worth ISD, Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, Everman ISD, Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Keller ISD, and several private schools. Scholarship assistance of over $100,000 is awarded annually ensuring a diverse group of students and teachers who will represent Fort Worth.

The selection process includes written essays, teacher recommendations, report cards, and in-person interviews conducted by the teachers who lead the delegations abroad.

On exchanges students develop relationships with students from other countries and gain essential skills to be successful in a global society. “Selection of Youth Ambassadors is a very competitive process and we feel we have an outstanding class to represent Fort Worth and the U.S.A. this year,” said Dr. Staussa Ervin, Chair of the Exchanges and Outreach committee of Fort Worth Sister Cities International.

The exchanges are scheduled for March, June, and July to Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, and Mexico. A complete list of Youth Ambassadors can be found at https://www.fwsistercities.org/fort-worth-youth-ambassadors-2017/.

Congratulations to all the Youth Ambassadors who will embark on life-changing programs in 2017.