Dortmund Comes to Buffalo in April for 40th Anniversary Tour

The Oberbürgermeister der Stadt (or Lord Mayor) of Dortmund, Germany, will lead a delegation of 20 government, education, and business leaders to Buffalo, New York, to help celebrate the two sister cities’ 40th anniversary next month.

Illinois City is a Champion for International Youth Exchanges

The Schaumburg Sister Cities Commission received the Sister City Champion of Youth Award from the Illinois Sister Cities Association last year for its continued support of exchanges and youth diplomacy.

from left to right – Elena Borcillo, School Division Superintendent, Region X, C

Philippine High School Students to Spend Summer in Virginia City

The deadline is fast approaching for high school students from Cagayan de Oro, in the Philippines, to apply to visit Norfolk, Virginia, as part of a new summer exchange program between the two sister cities later this year.

Students participating in exchange.

Virtual Classroom Links Schools in Highland Park and Puerto Vallarta and Modena through Poetry

A virtual classroom project launched this month, connecting Elm Place Middle School in Highland Park, Illinois, to Los Volcanes School in Highland Park’s sister city Puerto Vallarta, in Mexico. 

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Aurora Sister Cities International Named as Honorable Mention for Citizen Diplomacy Award by the U.S. Department of State

WASHINGTON, DC (January 24, 2018) – Sister Cities International congratulates one of its members, Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI), on receiving an honorable mention for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Public Affair’s annual Citizen Diplomacy award.

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