Aesha with a pen-pal project student at Kendriya Vidyalaya School 1

Sister City Inspires Gold Award Project


The sister cities network has over the years supported countless local youth initiatives, giving youth a chance to not only build cultural awareness but also create lasting friendships. Aesha Rajan, a high school junior from Fremont, CA, is one such youth who, using sister cities as a resource, created a program to connect students from two different cultures.

Danielle Rollins

Sister city relationship opens doors for student


Doing an internship abroad is on the wish-list of many college students today. In Spring 2012, Medaille College, Buffalo, NY student Danielle Rollins too was searching for a senior-year internship related to her Business, Management, and Operations major.

Sister City Inspires Diwali Celebration


More than 15,000 people attended a “Diwali” celebration in the city of San Antonio, Texas last month making it the largest city sanctioned Diwali event in the United States. Diwali, also known as the “festival of lights,” is a five day festival widely celebrated in India.

Welcome Reception hosted by the City of Hanamaki and the Hanamaki International

Hot Springs, AR explores business opportunities with sister city Hanamaki, Japan


In September 2012, a five-member delegation from Hot Springs, Arkansas visited their sister city Hanamaki, Japan, to explore opportunities for business development.

Culver City aids tsunami-affected families in Japanese sister city


In late 2011, eight Sister Cities International members received a Kaiser Permanente Benefits Group grant of $11,350 each to conduct projects with Japanese sister cities in the aftermath of the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

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