Leadership Academy Maintains Momentum Through Virtual Format
Since 1989, the International Leadership Academy has brought young people from Fort Worth’s nine sister cities to the area to discuss pressing global issues. This year, Fort Worth Sister Cities is once again taking the Academy virtual as we celebrate this dynamic summer leadership program’s 32nd anniversary.
Students from Fort Worth and Southlake were selected to participate in the Virtual International Leadership Academy with other students from Eswatini, France, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, and Mexico. This year’s theme, “Global Connections for Inner Peace” will encourage students to explore aspects of mental wellness and how other cultures interpret, manage, and integrate it into their overall health. They will also examine the importance of human connection, especially as it relates to the pandemic.
By attending this program, students will gain essential leadership and communication skills through cross-cultural activities such as art, music, and language studies. Participants will attend classes that are designed to challenge stereotypes, highlight cultures, promote diplomatic dialogue, develop leadership skills, and solve global problems. Activities will be virtual, using Zoom and Facebook, with both synchronous and asynchronous activities.
“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, Leadership Academy Coordinator.
The students begin meeting on July 10 and will conclude the program on July 31.