Apply for Youth Programs
We are only accepting applications at this time for the Young Artists and Authors Showcase and Virtual International Leadership Academy. Applications for all 2022 in person international exchanges and local programs will be available in August 2021.
Fort Worth Sister Cities offers several opportunities for young people to develop an intimate understanding of a country’s culture and its traditions, and represent their families and their city to the local schools, community centers and the Sister City’s local officials.
Since 1985, Fort Worth Sister Cities International has provided international youth exchanges that help students develop a more global perspective. Find out more >
Fort Worth Youth International
This program provides opportunities for Fort Worth youth (sixth-12th grade) to connect with Fort Worth’s nine Sister Cities, work together to host events for visiting international youth and guests, and develop leadership skills in an educational environment that is fun and relevant to strengthening global awareness. Fort Worth Youth International (FYI) also provides opportunities for Fort Worth youth, promotes local and international community service projects and raises scholarship money for Fort Worth students to participate in official exchanges to our Sister Cities.
Who is eligible?
Students from sixth to 12th grade with:
- Demonstrated leadership skills
- Experience with and desire to participate in community service/volunteerism activities
- Established academic accomplishment
- Ability to express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing
- Interest in international culture
International Leadership Academy
The International Leadership Academy (ILA) for high school students is a dynamic summer leadership programs bringing Fort Worth students together with students from our Sister Cities in China, Germany, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico and eSwatini.
Offered each summer since 1989, ILA is a two-week international issues forum. Students are housed in dorms, where most class activities are conducted. Find out more >
Benefits of Attending:
- Enhance global leadership, communications, teamwork and problem-solving skills
- Learn about cultures, traditions and citizen diplomacy
- Strengthen your global perspective and appreciation for other cultures
- Enhance your college and career opportunities
- Develop lifelong friendships with students from eight countries
Jr. International Leadership Academy
Initiated in 2006, Jr. ILA is open to sixth- through eighth-grade students and focuses on cultural understanding taught by international college students from Mexico who have participated in previous ILA programs. Find out more >
Tricolore Youth Sports Games
The Tricolore Youth Sports Games, held every four years in Fort Worth’s sister city, Reggio Emilia, Italy, began due to admiration for the world Olympic Games and their ability to create peace and unity among people. Find out more >
“International friendships are rewarding because they make you realize who you really are, and how your differences enrich relationships. They make you realize the world is bigger and help you grow to be a culturally aware and understanding person.” – Student from Budapest, Hungary, ILA 2017
“A person does not have to travel around the world to make a difference; a difference can be made where a person lives.” – Kalkidan Alemu, Student and President of Fort Worth Youth International
International Leadership Academy flash mob in Sundance Square Plaza!