Three Generations of Citizen Diplomacy

In 1972, Kettering, Ohio established their first sister city relationship with Steyr, Austria. Since then, they have created lasting traditions and legacies together. The two cities have overseen five adult homestays and have conducted an alternating youth exchange for the past 40 years.

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Sister Cities International Receives Grant from the Stevens Initiative to Expand Virtual Exchange for Special Education Students

WASHINGTON, DC, (November 6, 2017) - The Stevens Initiative today announced the award of a 1.5-year grant to Sister Cities International, one of 13 new grants funded through an international competition to use online, collaborative learning to increase cross-cultural understanding and equip young people with the skills needed to thrive in a 21st century economy.

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Portsmouth welcomes Japanese students

"PORTSMOUTH -- Twenty Japanese students sang a traditional 1904 Japanese song “The Hills of Home” to the assembled student body of Portsmouth High School on Thursday, Oct. 5.

The Portsmouth High chorus answered them with the same song, in English, which they’d prepared as part of the Japanese welcome assembly.

Fukui Delegation visits New Brunswick Town Hall

Kusakabe Taro: the Samurai Connecting New Brunswick and Fukui

 From October 4th through the 7th New Brunswick, New Jersey hosted a delegation from Fukui, Japan to celebrate 35 years of friendship. The two cities formed their sister city relationship in 1982, committing to exchanging ideas and culture in order to promote peace and grow together.

Wilmington Children's Chorus and Fulda Youth Orchestra Performing

Lassen Sie Die Musik Beginnen! Sister Cities Wilmington & Wilmington Children's Chorus Host Fulda Youth Orchestra

Contributed by Tonya R. Richardson of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, Wilmington, DE.

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