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Final Youth Ambassadors' Orientation Prior to Summer Exchanges


Host Families Needed for Students' Weekend Stay


Last Call for Leadership Academy Applications


Sister Cities to Celebrate Dia de Muertos in Toluca, Mexico this Fall


Spring Interns Depart and Summer Interns Applying Now






Jr. International Leadership Academy orientation, UNT Health Science Center auditorium, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (76107), 5:30 p.m. From Camp Bowie turn on Clifton Street and park in lot #6. Enter through most southwest doors by flag poles.




Board nominating committee meeting, Murphy Mahon Keffler Farrier LLP, Tindall Square Building No. 2, 505 Pecan Street, Suite 101 (76102), 5:00 p.m.




Happy Mother's Day!




Final orientation & piano performance for June adult exchange to Budapest, Greg & Becky Haskin's home, 304 Havenwood Lane North (76112), 5:30 p.m.




Vietnam Peace Tour information meeting, Fort Worth Club - Camellia Room, 306 W 7th St., (76102), 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. RSVP to by May 9 at 817/632-7100.





Ride Your Bike to Work Day




Final orientation for outbound summer Youth exchanges to Guiyang, China; Mbabane, Swaziland; and Nagaoka, Japan, UNT Health Science Center auditorium, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. (76107), 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.




Board of directors meeting, Fort Worth Club, 12th floor, noon.

Special program on Citizen Diplomacy and Protocol.




Office closed for furlough day.




Office closed for Memorial Day.




  • Reggio will be sending up to 20 students and one teacher for ILA in July.

  • Early childhood education experts from the Reggio Children program in Reggio Emilia have requested our help in staging a conference in Fort Worth for this fall.

  • Congratulations to new Trier chair, Greg Irwin. Dr. Bonnie Melhart has agreed to serve as vice chair and discussions are already underway to plan Oktoberfest for the Fall.

  • Dr. Melhart and a class of TCU students will be in Trier May 27-30 meeting with Trier universities.

  • 17 students and one delegation leader, and 2 university student facilitators will participate in ILA in July.

  • A young lawyer from Trier will be interning in Jim Lane's law office August 1-October 31, 2014.  A host family is needed for this time period.

  • The committee is planning a special tour of the Kimbell Art Museum's Samurai exhibit. Stay tuned for details.

  • 19 students, 2 teachers, and 2 associate delegation leaders are preparing for their exchange to Nagaoka and Tokyo, Japan June 9-23.  

  • The principal and vice principal from High School SM 5 are recruiting students for ILA.  Hopefully they will have participants for the program this July.

  • Firefighters and disaster relief specialists from Bandung will visit Fort Worth for an emergency management training program later this year. We are partnering with the City of Fort Worth EMS and the Fire Dept. on this exchange.



  • A delegation of 14 people, led by city councilman Joel Burns, is preparing for their exchange to Budapest and Vienna June 11-19. The delegation will meet city officials and leaders, visit the U.S. Embassy, as well as explore the cities of Budapest and Vienna.

  • Doctoral piano student Eva Polgar will perform Hungarian Rhapsody and other works by Franz Lizst at the final exchange orientation for the delegation on May 13.


  • Muchisimas gracias to the Toluca committee, the Fort Worth Police Dept., as well as the home hosts and volunteers who made our recent exchange with Toluca Mayor González, the officials, citizens AND engineering students from Toluca an enormous success. The meetings, bike ride to the stockyards with Mayor Price, and Main Street Arts Festival were a hit. Fort Worth citizens are now invited to visit Toluca in October.

  • Save the dates: Fort Worth is going to Toluca to celebrate Dia de los Muertos Oct. 29- Nov. 2. Details on the exchange to follow soon.  


  • Mbabane's new chair, Rae Hyatt, and her committee have met to discuss a cultural program tentatively scheduled for September. It may involve a gospel choir so stay tuned.

  • Students and their delegation leader are meeting monthly to prepare for their exchange to Mbabane this June.

  • Mbabane former chair Dr. Staussa Ervin will travel to Mbabane with the group to continue the implementation of her leadership and service on-line course.  

  • Councilman Dennis Shingleton, Mike & Rae Hyatt, Mary Palko, and Mae Ferguson attended the U.S.- China conference last month in Washington, D.C.  Councilman Shingleton accepted an award Fort Worth received in recognition for its outstanding youth programs with Guiyang.  


 Fort Worth Youth International

  • Youth Ambassadors and delegation leaders traveling to Mbabane, Swaziland; Guiyang, China; and Nagaoka, Japan were recognized by Mayor Pro Tempore Zim Zimmerman at the April 8 city council meeting. The delegation took the Citizens Diplomat oath and promised to represent Fort Worth well on their exchanges.

  • The youth board elected officers for 2014-2015 at their meeting in April. They include:

    President: Sarika Sabnis, Paschal High School

    Vice President: Meredith Johnston, Arlington High School

    Secretary: Elise Lahoud, Paschal High School

    Public Relations Officer: Chris Prasai, South Hills High School

    Deputy Public Relations Officer: Katherine King, TABS

    Community Outreach/Membership: Janet Diaz, Paschal High School

    Deputy: Kalkidan Alemu, Everman High School

    Fundraising Officer: Tom Nyul, Paschal High School

    Deputy: Sam Whiting, Harmony School of Innovation

    Cultural Orientations Officer: Brett Crumbie, Fort Worth Academy

    Deputy: Grace Beasley, Trinity Valley School 

  • Four NET members were selected as Associate Delegation Leaders for the summer youth exchanges. Congratulations to Amy Snider, who is going to Guiyang, China; to Stephanie Atkinson and Michelle Chuah, who are going to Mbabane, Swaziland; and to Daisy Castro, who is going to Nagaoka, Japan.

  • Applications for internship and ILA facilitator positions are available on our website for summer and fall placements.

  • THANK You to the our spring semester interns. We appreciate their hard work and wish them best!  



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Fort Worth Sister Cities International

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Phone: 817.632-7100 Fax: 817.632-7110

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