Our future depends on inspiring a new generation of Citizen Diplomats. The first step is ensuring that our future leaders are open-minded and act with a nuanced view of the world.
In partnership with the City of Philadelphia, Citizen Diplomats, like you, send our students abroad on exchange programs to ensure our young people have a global view of the future and an appreciation of the international workforce. To understand our world, you must travel.
Our Sister City school exchanges transform the lives of our youth and inspire a global mindset. Let me tell you about one of our students, Christiana from Science Leadership Academy, who traveled to Frankfurt, Germany in Spring 2019. Here is what she said of her experience:
“My travel has helped me learn that although we live in different places, we share so much in common. What surprised me the most on the trip was that Turkish culture has heavily influenced Germany, just like how Latin American culture has heavily influenced America. I’ve always been keeping in touch with my international friends and host family. They are my second family.”
This October, Christiana and her fellow students were able to welcome her German friends here in Philadelphia. All of our exchanges are reciprocal, so friendships can develop over the years and each student can experience what it's like to be an ambassador for their country. They also toured Philly’s best colleges while they were here.
We would like to support 100 students per year on Sister City high school exchanges - many seeing the world for the first time. Your gifts help pay for buses to the airport, tickets to cultural sites and scholarships to support to those who need it most. When you invest in students like Christiana, you inspire a global mindset that will make them tomorrow’s international leaders.
These young people need your support to travel. If you make a gift today, you will help our Philly kids see the big wide world out there just waiting for them.