August 27, 2012 | Leave a comment Youth Ambassador Program: Trilateral North America 2012 Youth Ambassador Program:Trilateral North America 2012 comes to a close! Thank you to all the wonderful participants! August 7 marked the end of the second exchange of the summer as students from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico finished out their civics week in Washington, D.C. For the first two weeks of the exchange the students, representing nine cities and three countries, travelled to California where they spent time in the Los Angeles area and visited their sister cities of Los Angeles, Modesto, and Culver City. Activities included biking in Yellowstone, volunteering at the Red Cross, exploring the aquarium and Santa Monica pier, and enjoying a day in Disneyland. The last week in D.C. included visits to Capitol Hill, the U.S. Department of State, the Canadian Embassy, the Organization of American States, Sister Cities International’s office, volunteering at D.C. Central Kitchen, and trips to Mount Vernon, the Smithsonian museums, and the National Zoo. Throughout the exchange the students were tasked with formulating a community project which they will spend the next year implementing in their city. Utilizing lessons learned during the workshops, resources from the community, and each other, we are excited to see what these young ambassadors create in the coming months. Thank you to all of the cities who participated – the local coordinators who volunteered their time to help recruit participants and plan wonderful homestay programs, the adult participants who took three weeks to accompany the group, and the students who showed initiative, enthusiasm, and dedication to the sister city movement. This program was made possible by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Pictures and updates will be available at http://www.sister-cities.org/youth-ambassador-program-trilateral-north-america in the coming days. Coming up: 2012 Regional Conference Cincinnati, Ohio! Join us for the Sister Cities International Midwest Regional Conference “Diversity in Action” on October 5-6, 2012, Cincinnati, OH to explore the “case for program diversity.” Explore how diversity can strengthen YOUR program! Learn how to include diverse members, partner with diverse networks, and raise funds from diverse sources to build a stronger well-rounded program! Action-packed sessions featuring expert speakers will help you build a winning international strategy for your local community! PLUS! On October 4, join Sister Cities International and TEDxCincinnatiSalon for a special salon talk on “Every Citizen a Diplomat” at the National Underground Freedom Center. The hugely popular TEDx sessions are community organized talks featuring inspiring speakers and designed to generate and stimulate ideas. Click here for details! Register today at www.sciregionalconference.org! See you in Cincinnati!