The Santa Cruz Sister Cities Committee will introduce official delegates from Ukraine at the Harvey West Clubhouse on Sunday, April 30, from 2-4 pm. The Committee will also introduce upcoming events and programs, including a new youth ambassador scholarship.
Six delegates from Ukraine will visit Santa Cruz as part of the Open World program, one of the most important U.S. exchange programs with post-Soviet countries. The purpose of Open World is to share leadership ideas for democracy-building.
In addition, local high school student delegates will discuss their unique experiences from a recent exchange to the Santa Cruz sister city of Shingu, Japan.
The committee also will present information about upcoming programs, including the newly launched Gralen Eidam Wilson Youth Ambassador Scholarship Fund, established in memory of a longtime Santa Cruz resident who recently passed away. The funds will help deserving young people participate in youth exchanges.
Gralen Eidam Wilson was a leading youth exchange participant, having represented Santa Cruz in several of our Sister Cities abroad and at Sister Cities International Conferences. She also worked as an intern for three years at Sister Cities International in Washington, DC.
About Santa Cruz Sister Cities
President Eisenhower officially proclaimed the establishment of the People-to-People Program (now the Sister Cities Program) in 1956 to promote understanding and strengthen international ties. To achieve that goal, Sister Cities International has helped to link many U.S. cities and towns with localities abroad. These city-to-city affiliations help communities to build friendships, learn about other cultures, and develop international accord.
Santa Cruz Sister Cities include Shingu, Japan; Jinotepe, Nicaragua; Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela; Sestri Levante, Italy; and Alushta, Ukraine. For information, visit goo.gl/C4YQA0, or Twitter @scsistercities, or Facebook.