Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sister Cities International


60th anniversary celebration and 2016 Diplomatic Leadership Awards

Thank you to all who helped us celebrate our official 60th anniversary on the day of our founding while honoring Robert J. Dole, former U.S. Senator; Timothy Chorba, former U.S. Ambassador to Singapore; Connie Morella, former U.S. Congresswoman and U.S. Ambassador to OECD; andJerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to President Barrack Obama and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, White House, at the 2016 Diplomatic Leadership Awards Reception on Monday, September 12.

The event was hosted by the reception's Honorary Chair, Ambassador Kirsti Kauppi at the beautiful Embassy of Finland in Washington, DC.
Jerry Abramson, Timothy Chorba, Ambassador Kauppi, Mary Kane, Ambassador Aldona Wos, Connie Morella, Tim Quigley, Ron Nirenberg
Connie Morella, Mary Kane, Tim Quigley, Ambassador Wos, Bob Dole
Timothy Chorba
Mary Kane, Jerry Abramson, Tim Quigley
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Live video discussion for Global Collaboration Day this Friday, September 16

We're excited to join Design Squad Global for a live video discussion this Friday, September 16 at 12pm ET in honor of Global Collaboration Day.

We will discuss how we're collaborating with other organizations to enhance sister city programs and our best practices for supporting global collaboration and the future of youth engagement in order to support their futures as involved citizens, capable leaders, and successful problem solvers of the 21st century.

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Host the 2016 Young Artists & Authors Showcase winners and finalists in your community 

Are you interested in hosting the grand prize winners and finalists' artwork, writing, and photography from the 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) in your community? We are seeking YAAS hosts for February, March, and May 2017. 

Host communities will host the tour for 1-1 1/2 months. This time commitment depends on the city, as some cities plan receptions around the tour while others display the art at local art galleries, libraries, or city halls.

Note: Hosts do not need to be YAAS participants or finalists, but do need to be dues-paying members of Sister Cities International. 

If you're interested in hosting the tour, please email Alyssa Fox, membership manager for youth programs, at
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Deadline approaching: High School Homestay spring 2017 applications

Help foster cultural exchange in your community by hosting a high school student from your sister city! Applications for students to participate in the spring 2017 semester are due October 1, 2016.

Through the High School Homestay Program, U.S. sister city programs can select high school students from their international partners to take part in a year-long or semester-long exchange. SCI is a U.S. State Department-designated sponsoring organization and can process the J-1 secondary school student visa.

Click here to download a flyer with more information, including eligibility, costs, and deadlines. Visit or email Alyssa Fox at to learn more. 
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The latest from the Sister Cities Exchange
Sewing Group Changes Lives of Young Women in Africa

City of SeattleWatch how a special project from the Seattle Limbe Sister City Association & Sarah Allen Sisterhood Saturday Sewing Sisters is changing lives. Learn more...

Tell your sister city's story! Did your sister city program's ambassadors go on an interesting exchange or host an exciting cultural event? Tell us about your organization's past or present experiences through a blog post for The Sister Cities Exchange.

Click here to download blog guidelines. Check out the blog here.

Please direct all questions and blog submissions to
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