Youth and Education

Young people are a powerful resource for sister city programs, offering enthusiasm, a diverse set of perspectives, and a wealth of ideas for programs and projects. To support local youth initiatives, Sister Cities International dedicates itself to promoting opportunities for youth exchanges, creating lasting friendships and cultural awareness from a young age.

Sister Cities International provides project ideas, exchange programs, youth conferences, and mentoring opportunities to engage local young people in its dynamic international network.

Past Youth Programs

2010 Albuquerque Youth Leadership Conference – View an overview, schedules, and images from the 2010 Youth Leadership Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

2009 Belfast Youth Leadership Conference — View the schedule-at-a-glance for the 2009 Youth Leadership Conference — "Bridging Differences: Building a Peaceful Future", pictures and testimonies from the students who attended, and an overview of the program.

2008 Kansas City Youth Conference — Here you will find an overview of the 2008 Youth Conference - "Global Action: Taking Community Service Abroad", the schedule at a glance, and some pictures and testimonies from the youth delegates who participated.

Other Recent Youth Programs — Find more information on past Sister Cities International Youth Conferences, grant programs, and collaborative projects with the U.S. Department of State.

Find more information on past Sister Cities International Youth Conferences, grant programs, and collaborative projects with the U.S. Department of State.

Questions about youth programs? Email youth@sister-cities.org.

Students prepare for final G20 simulation at 2014 Youth Leadership Summit

Students prepare for final G20 simulation at 2014 Youth Leadership Summit in San Jose, CA

Japanese students visit sister city Omaha, NE during summer exchange

Japanese students visit sister city Omaha, NE during summer exchange

Student participatant at 2013 Youth Leadership Summit in San Antonio, TX

Student participatant at 2013 Youth Leadership Summit in San Antonio, TX

Student delegation visits sister city in Mexico

Student delegation visits sister city in Mexico