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Meet Our First Scholarship Recipients!

Meet Thea and Emily, our first ever Gralen Eidam Wilson Youth Ambassador Scholarship recipients!

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Before the interview process began, our committee had decided that we would like to send two youth on this exchange.  ALL of the candidates we interviewed were extremely impressive and highly deserving – we have some amazing youth in our community!  We noticed so many things Thea and Emily had in common that it seemed like they would make a perfect team.  They will spend three weeks in Shingu this July, and will work together on a collaborative project to share their experiences with our community when they return home.  They will also be active, welcoming hosts to incoming delegates from Shingu in August.

Congratulations to Thea and Emily, and THANK YOU to all of our supporters for helping our youth ambassadors represent our city (and state, and country) in Japan this year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017-2018 Application Forms Are Here!

Application forms for the 2017-2018 scholarship award are available online for download here as of September 25, 2017.  The first scholarship award will be for a junior or senior in high school for participation in the 2018 exchange to Shingu, Japan.  Please click and download each of the links below.  Hard copies will be distributed to high schools in the city as soon as Spanish translations are available.  If you would like a Spanish translation of these materials, please send us a message through our Contact page and we will be happy to make them available to you!

Gralen Eidam Wilson Youth Ambassador Scholarship Fact Sheet 2017-2018

Gralen Eidam Wilson Youth Ambassador Application 2017-2018

Thank You for the Amazing Community Support!

 

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All donations are tax deductible as part of the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support group programs.  Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID #770575231).

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Santa Cruz Sister Cities to Introduce Delegates from Ukraine

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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.

For more information, call 831-423-2639 or 831-429-9100.

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.

We’ve Reached $5,000!

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Thanks to your donations and our matching grant donor, we have not only reached our $5,000 goal by the end of Gralen’s April birthday month, but surpassed it by $100!

We hope you will continue to support our efforts to keep Gralen’s legacy of people-to-people diplomacy and international friendships alive for a new generation of Santa Cruz youth as we share the progress towards our scholarship goals.

Just because we’re nearing the end of April, it doesn’t mean we’re done!  If you would still like to donate in Gralen’s honor, click the button below!  All donations are tax deductible as part of the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support group programs.  Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID #770575231).

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Happy 50th Birthday to Gralen!

Today would have been Gralen’s 50th birthday, a special landmark in a full and fantastic life. Anyone who knew Gralen would tell you that she used every minute to experience all life had to offer, and her vibrancy and joie de vivre helped create friendships all over the globe.

Happy Birthday, dear Gralen!  

You certainly left your mark on the world!

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Matching Grant Opportunity!

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An anonymous donor has offered to match any donations between now and April 15, up to $2,500! This is a great opportunity to double the impact of your contribution and help us reach our 50th birthday goal. 

Click the link below to make a donation today!  All donations are tax deductible as part of the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support group programs.  Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID #770575231). Be sure to indicate “Gralen Wilson Youth Scholarship” in the instruction field when you make your donation.

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Almost Halfway to our April Goal!

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One week into our 50th birthday fundraising campaign and we’ve already reached $2,400! Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far! Can we keep it rolling?  Click below to make a donation – every contribution counts! All donations are tax deductible as part of the Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support group programs.  Santa Cruz Sister Cities Support is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Tax ID #770575231).

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