interWe invite all youth to join us at the 2013 Sister Cities International Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 11-13! The Conference will feature a special program for youth, where through guided sessions they will learn about diplomacy through role-playing as a country representative at a convening of the United Nations.
The youth track at the 2013 Annual Conference seeks to engage the next generation of citizen diplomats in the sister city movement. In a rich learning and interactive environment, participants will learn, debate, deliberate, and negotiate, as they play the role of an international diplomat. The sessions will culminate with the youth delegates passing a “formal” resolution addressing a particular global issue.

Participants will also visit the local Toyota Cars assembly factory site and learn about its connection to the sister cities movement, meet one-on-one with Department of State representatives, and learn about the important role of sports in global engagement.

A special youth registration rate is being offered with registration opening on March 1, 2013.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

For more information please email or register beginning March 1, 2013 at


Recognizing Youth Achievement

Did you know that you can nominate an outstanding youth from your sister city program for the Sister Cities International Annual Awards? The Youth Leadership Award category honors one exemplary youth (18 years and under) for contributions to the sister cities movement. It recognizes the leadership and talent that benefit local sister city programs and the larger sister cities network. The Youth will receive an internship position at the Sister Cities International office during the following summer and  complimentary registration to the 2013 Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX.
Current dues-paying members of Sister Cities International with at least one formally recognized sister city partnership are eligible to apply for the Annual Awards categories. A panel of judges will review the entries and the winners will be honored at the 57th Sister Cities International Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas, July 12-13, 2013.

Click here to nominate a sister cities youth today!

You can also attend a webinar on Friday, February 22, on “How to nominate your program for the Annual Awards” for further details. For more information, click here.

Deadline for application is Wednesday, April 3, 2013. 

Please note that all submissions MUST be submitted electronically this year. Please review the details on eligibility, rules and regulations, submission requirements, and evaluation before submitting the electronic entry form.

2013-2014 High School Home Stay Exchange: Applications Open!

The High School Home Stay exchange program is an opportunity for sister cities to host students for a year or semester of high school in the United States. The international cities choose the high school students, who must be between the ages of 15 and 18 1/2 on the first day of school. Once the student is in the United States, the U.S. sister city will provide oversight for the student and include the student in sister city activities.

To participate, please complete the all three applications forms below and email them to The deadline for submitting an application is
May 1, 2013.

Form 1
Form 2
Form 3

Accepting Applications for Open Positions for Youth on the Board of Directors

Sister Cities International welcomes youth applicants to run for open positions for youth on the Sister Cities International Board of Directors. Among the eleven Board positions that will be open during the Annual Business Meeting at the Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas on July 12, 2013, 2 special positions to ensure youth representation. These are:

  • 1 Young Professional      Representative to the Board of Directors (two-year term, 2013-2015, must      be between 21-34 years of age)
  • 1 Youth      Representative to the Board of Directors (two-year term, 2013-2015, must      be 21 years of age or under)

Elections to the Board of Directors are held each year during the Annual Conference. It is the policy of Sister Cities International Board of Directors that each candidate applying for the above positions, including current directors who are running for the board and wish to have their names placed on the ballot, complete the following form and electronically submit the form and all supplemental information to the Sister Cities International office by 5:00 p.m. EST on May 15, 2013 to Materials received after this date will not be considered.

For access the 2013 Application forms and more information on the Elections process, please CLICK HERE.




2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase

Open to all Sister Cities International youth members!

The 2013 Young Artists and Authors Showcase theme is “The Power of Exchange.” Sister city relationships foster partnerships within the community and between international cities, counties, and states. Whether in person, online, or through the mail, exchanges of people and ideas facilitate community development and educational opportunities. Entries should illustrate the long-term impact that exchanges have had on an individual or community.

The deadline for sending in entries is May 1, 2013. For details, visit:

Click on the links below to download the entry forms:
Young Artists Form
Young Authors Form

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