Impact: Empowering Youth to be Global Citizens


Thanks to you, we embarked on a new journey to support an expanded high school exchange program in 2017. With your help, the program has grown from 71 students to 175 students travelling to our Sister Cities and coming here to Philadelphia. Through your generous donations, Philadelphia students receive partial travel scholarships, museum admission, city tours, meetings with professional diplomats and pre-travel workshops.

One of our students, Patrice, who travelled to Florence, asked that we pass on this message to you. “My traveling experience opened my eyes to different cultures, people and food. This experience made me want to really study abroad in college and travel in general so I can see all the beautiful places that this world has to offer.”

Highlights from 2019 Exchanges:

Mayor Kenney officially welcomed our culinary Florentine students and their teachers to City Hall alongside their hosts from South Philadelphia, Dobbins Technical, Washington High Schools and Kensington Health Sciences Academy to celebrate our 55-year Sister City relationship with Florence. During their week in Philadelphia, students visited Di Bruno Brothers, Gran Caffe L’Aquila, the Union League and Reading Terminal Market, as well as one of Philadelphia’s urban farms and more of
Philadelphia’s best culinary landmarks.

Northeast High School travelled to Thaddeus Kosciusko HS #4 in Toruń, Poland. Students took part in an in-depth study of the Holocaust, visting Auschwitz and then comparing how the Holocaust is taught to young people in Poland compared to the United States.

Carver High School of Science and Engineering visited Schule Am Ried in Frankfurt, Germany. Students studied the differences in the German/American cultures such as political structures, housing, transportation, literature, music and daily life.

Philadelphia Airport Exhibit

Philadelphia students collaborated with friends abroad to create and exhibit artwork at the Philadelphia Airport in the Spring. In March, students from the Science Leadership Academy toured the Philadelphia Airport and talked art careers with international artist J.J. Tiziou. They shared stories of how the Sister Cities program impacted their lives and goals for the future. “I had a big cultural shock and it defied the stereotypes I had learned,” said Sofia, participant in the Toruń High School Exchange.

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