Students to Represent Fort Worth Around the World
Fort Worth, TX – Student Ambassadors Given Oath at City Council Meeting
Nearly 100 Fort Worth students attended the Fort Worth City Council meeting on March 5 where Mayor Betsy Price administered the Citizen Diplomat Oath to the students and their Delegation Leaders in preparation for upcoming youth exchanges to four of Fort Worth’s nine sister cities.
The students and leaders are visiting Budapest, Hungary; Reggio Emilia, Italy; Toluca, Mexico; and Trier, Germany later this March. Delegations are led by educators from the FWISD, private schools, and universities. More students will depart for exchanges to Nagaoka, Japan and Bandung, Indonesia later in the summer.
Students complete a vigorous selection process including personal interviews and are selected to represent the City of Fort Worth as Youth Ambassadors each year by Sister Cities. Applications are available for all students, as well as funding to support many.
Through these experiences, students benefit from a global education, as well as learn valuable leadership skills. Their understanding and respect of other cultures also increases which enhances their college and career opportunities.
“Our goal this year is to strategically grow our youth programs. It is important now more than ever to equip our future leaders with tools that will enable them to thrive in a global community,” said Veronica Chavez Law, Chairwoman of the Board of Sister Cities.
When the students return to their local campuses, they share the lessons learned while abroad with others, helping make Fort Worth more globally fluent.
A complete list of Youth Ambassadors and Delegation Leaders can be found here.