Sister Cities sends students to Japan as goodwill ambassadors
Exchange programs are key elements in the overall programs of Fort Worth Sister Cities. This summer several delegations will be visiting Fort Worth’s sister cities including a group of 12 students and delegation leaders Glen Mears and Gabby Jimenez who leave June 9th for Nagaoka, Japan.
While there the group will participate in volunteer service projects with victims of the earthquake and present officials there with a video documenting the city-wide fundraising efforts on their behalf. Nearly $20,000 will be sent to Nagaoka’s earthquake relief fund.
“This is such a unique experience for these students. To live with a Japanese family and experience this rich culture will change their lives,” said Mae Ferguson, President/CEO. “Many of our students return after international exchanges with a passion for expanding their education better preparing them for our global society. They’ll be better citizens for Fort Worth and the world,” said Ferguson.
All student applicants participate in a vigorous selection process including teacher recommendations, essays and personal interviews. Youth Ambassadors are required to attend monthly cultural orientations to further enrich their international experience and prepare them for the exchange.
Youth Ambassadors to Japan include Spencer Bartlett, Mathew Dang, Elizabeth Estes, Natalie Fetter, Taline Fritzenwallner,, Teresa Macias, Jacqueline Romero, Sarika Sabnis, Julia Smith, Jennifer Sotelo and Ana Tafoya.