Sister Cities Students Attend Leadership Academies
Since 1989, the award-winning International Leadership Academy (ILA) has brought young people from Fort Worth’s sister cities to the area to discuss pressing global issues. This year, over 170 participants will converge at TCU July 18 – Aug. 2 to share their cultures and learn more about leadership.
Students from Fort Worth, Italy, Germany, Japan, China, Mexico, Swaziland, Indonesia, and for the first time students from Vietnam, will be in Fort Worth for this two week program. The Academy’s goal is to increase communication and leadership skills through team-building, problem-solving, and sharing cultures.
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 and a community service project.
This year marks the 11th year of ILA’s middle school program, Jr. International Leadership Academy (JILA) held July 13—17. College students from Toluca, Mexico will serve as facilitators as the Fort Worth students discuss the same issues as their high school counterparts. The students will experience cultural presentations and interaction with high school students from Toluca, Mexico gaining an international perspective.
“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 ceremonies for ILA take place on Aug. 1, 10:00 a.m. at TCU’s Ed Landreth Auditorium and are open to the public.