Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Sister Cities Awards Grants for Exchange and Internship Programs

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Sister Cities Awards Grants for Exchange and Internship Programs

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Sister Cities International has awarded nine grants for its Trilateral Exchange Program and two for the U.S. Japan Volunteerism Internship Program to assist U.S. cities and their sister cities abroad in carrying out innovative bilateral and trilateral exchanges this year.

Both programs are sponsored in part by a grant from the Japan Foundation's Center for Global Partnership. The awards, which will total $68,000 for all cities, will pay for the round-trip transportation of one intern from each participating city.

The Trilateral Exchange Program encourages citizens and city officials in the U.S., Japan and a third country to develop more of a global perspective through trilateral internships focused on specific themes. Each triad is made up of a U.S. Japan sister city pair and a third city, a sister city of either the U.S. or Japanese city.

In addition to in-depth cultural learning about the three cultures involved, the interns, and through them, many people in each community, will become aware of practical ideas for economic and community development.

Trilateral Exchange Program Grant awardees:

* Battle Creek, Michigan-Takasaki, Japan-Santo Andre, Brazil Theme: environmental issues

* New Brunswick, New Jersey-Tsuruoka, Japan-Debrecen, Hungary Theme: health care

* Fort Wayne, Indiana-Takaoka, Japan-Plock, Poland Theme: economic development

* Duluth, Minnesota-Ohara, Japan-Petrozavodsk, Russia Theme: environmental policy and practices

* Stillwater, Oklahoma-Kameoka, Japan-Jandira, Brazil Theme: education and life-long learning

Rice Lake, Wisconsin-Miharu-machi, Japan-Zamberk, Czech Republic Theme: volunteerism

* Portland, Oregon-Sapporo, Japan-Mutare. …

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