FW Youth International Executive Board meeting, UNT Health Science Center, 3500 Camp Bowie (76107), 1:30- 3:00 p.m. Entrance off Clifton Street, parking lot #6 - most SW door entrance by flag poles.




Youth Ambassador interviews, UNT Health Science Center Atrium, 3500 Camp Bowie (76107). Applicants must be accompanied by a parent. Directions above.




Nagaoka Young Professionals Business Exchange debrief meeting, City of Fort Worth City Hall Annex, 908 Monroe Street (76102), 3rd floor Conference Room, 5:30 p.m.




Nagaoka 25th anniversary exchange photo sharing party, home of Michael Addison and Marcela Berg, 1133 Shady Oaks Lane (76107), 6:00 p.m.




Board of directors meeting, The Fort Worth Club, 12th floor, 12:00 p.m.




Toluca Ambassador School Exchange with Trinity Valley School.




Office closed for Thanksgiving holiday.





Photos with Santa at Sundance Square benefiting the youth scholarship fund, corner of 4th & Main Street, following Parade of Lights. $7 cash only per photo.







To sign-up for any of the listed events above, please email RSVP and on the subject line enter RSVP with event name or call 817.632.7100.

You may also fax to 817.632.7110.Thank you!


  • Our colleagues in Reggio are busy recruiting host families for the youth and adults traveling there in March.

  • Heather Kurima, Director of the Culinary School of FW, is recruiting students for the March trip now.


  • TCU will be sending their first nursing program that will include a program in Reggio Emilia and the Education Dept. will be stopping in Reggio as part of their curriculum this summer. 



    • The Trier committee celebrated 25 years of friendship with Trier last month. The group met for dinner and German music at Greenwood's restaurant and shared favorite Trier memories. Many thanks to Director Emeritus Hilde Horchler for chairing the event.
    • The Trier group will be celebrating the Mayor's International Dinner this November 1st and cheering on the dancers.

    • Eight young professionals traveled to Nagaoka for the business mentorship program last month. Nagaoka staged a wonderful program for them in which they learned about Nagaoka and its business community. They also shadowed Japanese young professionals who have careers in similar industries. The group has a debriefing scheduled for Nov. 7th.
    • Fort Worth celebrated the 25th Anniversary in Nagaoka 2-12. The delegation was led by Director Emeritus Mary Palko. Owen Daniel, our own singing cowboy, performed at the festival. The delegation then traveled to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, and Tokyo. Look for their photos on the website and on facebook.
    • The 25th anniversary group is having a photo sharing party on Thursday, Nov. 8th. See calendar for details

    • Bandung High School No. 5 has sent 10 students and 2 teachers to Fort Worth for an educational and cultural exchange with ambassador school Arlington Heights High School this month.
    • Join the committee in saying goodbye to the students at their farewell potluck dinner Oct. 30th. See calendar for details.
    • Adults and educators, as well as adult culinary students, are invited  to travel to Bandung and Bali June 11-25, 2013. Stay tuned for details.


    • Fort Worth received a special invitation to participate in Budapest World Heritage Day, which celebrates and highlights both Hungarian and Fort Worth culture.
    • The Budapest committee is planning local cultural events for the year so stay tuned for dates and details.
    • 8th-12th graders are invited to travel to Budapest on the youth ambassador exchange this March. Student interviews are scheduled for the first week of November.


    • Toluca students hosted by Trinity Valley School will participate in a Thanksgiving cultural experience during the final portion of their home host experience. This is 3 week exchange consists of 10 high school students and 2 teachers from Tec de Monterrey as part of our Ambassador School program.
    • The Toluca police department is proposing a professional exchange to learn training techniques from theFWPD in February or March of 2013.
    • Twenty four university engineering students from Toluca will arrive March 23-30th and   host families and day hosts are needed as they visit business sites with their professors. Contact Beth for hosting information.


    • Experience a true African adventure this summer with purpose and join the "Mbabane Service Adventure" June, 2013.  The exchange will include painting murals at child care point centers, delivering books to the library, volunteering at the health and social center, as well as traditional tours and a safari, including 2 days in Johannesburg, South Africa.  Space will be limited, details and registration will be available on our website early November. Contact Beth for details


    • Guiyang nominated and Fort Worth won the  2012 International Friendly China City Award presented in Chengdu, China. Chairman of the Board of Sister Cities International, Tom LIsk, accepted on Fort Worth's behalf. 
    • A few spots may be left for the summer exchange in July for high school students and educators.  Extended tours are planned are to Beijing and Xian.
    • The inaugural teacher exchange will include meetings with Guiyang teachers to develop ongoing partnerships. Registration for teachers will be available early November and space will be limited. Contact Irene for details.

    Fort Worth Youth International 

    • Officers and board members will meet November 4th to continue planning programs for next year.A bake sale to help raise funds during the Dec.2 pre-travel orientation is scheduled to help raise for youth scholarships with a total goal of $20,000.
    • Youth Interviews are scheduled Nov. 5-11th for spring and summer exchanges.
    • The Sundance Santa scholarship program will kick off after the tree-lighting Nov.23rd.  High school volunteers and parents are needed.  Please contact Beth to sign up. Volunteering counts as service hours.

     Emerging Leader Network (The Net)  


    • Thank you to the NET members for attending the "Sayonara" happy hour for the young professionals who traveled to Nagaoka for the business mentorship exchange.
    • Associate Delegation Leaders were interviewed and selected in October.
    • Start planning for your spring and summer internships and contact Beth if you are interested.
    • NET members are volunteering at the Mayor's International Dinner on November 1st.
    •  Thank you to 5 international program coordinator interns have worked in the office this fall. 




    Mae Ferguson



    Joseph Ramirez

    Vice President/COO


    Irene Chase

    Vice President


    Beth Weibel

    Sr. Program Manager


    Eva Rodriguez

    Executive Assistant


    Fort Worth Sister Cities International

    610 Grove Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

    Phone: 817.632-7100 Fax: 817.632-7110





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