A joint program of Chicago Sister Cities International and the University of Illinois at Chicago, the Summit will consist of a one-week summer intensive program for teenage girls, ages 14–16. It will be an opportunity for the girls to meet their peers from around the world; share issues that are of concern to them; participate in self-advocacy, activism, and leadership-development workshops; and meet with distinguished women in leadership positions. The participants will be made aware of the experiences of peers who come from different backgrounds, and will be positioned to serve as advocates for each other in the future. The girls will form long-term friendships and networks and will learn skills that will serve them—and their communities—for generations to come.
Inspired by Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative, CSCI has partnered with the University of Illinois at Chicago to present the first Global Youth Ambassadors Summit in July of 2016. CSCI shares the belief with the Obama Administration that ‘a girl with an education can shape her own destiny, lift up her family, and transform her community.’
Created by President Eisenhower in 1956, the sister cities movement brings people of different cultures together to celebrate and appreciate their differences and build partnerships that would lessen the chance of new conflicts. Since 1960, Chicago has forged sister city relationships with a total of 28 international cities in 27 countries on 5 continents, making CSCI the largest and most active organization of its kind in the United States. These meaningful relationships continue to grow and evolve, building on already strong existing ties.
During this first year, a limited number of applicants will be accepted. We are currently seeking additional candidates from Mexico City and Toronto. We encourage all other cities to begin outreach efforts for our 2017 program. Application deadline is May 15.
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