The annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork and literature. This year, in addition to artwork, essays, and poems, students CAN ALSO SUBMIT A SHORT 1-10 MINUTE VIDEO for Cinequest's inaugural Sister Cities Film Challenge.
The 2015 theme is "Connecting Communities for Peace and Prosperity." Artists, authors, and filmmakers from around the world are encouraged to use their imagination. What is your vision of peace? How does connecting globally allow you and your community to prosper?
A panel of judges selects the winners based on originality, composition, and theme interpretation. Grand prize winners will receive $1,000.
The deadline for all artwork, film, and literature is May 1, 2015. Visit the YAAS website for more information and to view last year's winning entries.
High School Home Stay Exchange
The High School Home Stay (HSHS) exchange program is an opportunity for member cities to host students from their sister city for a year or semester of high school in the U.S.
The international cities choose the high school students, who must be between the ages of 15 and 18 1/2 on the first day of school. Once the international student arrives, the U.S. sister city will provide oversight for the student, organize a host family, and include the student in sister city activities.
Deadline for applications is May 1, 2015. Visit the HSHS website for more information.
Contact Mrs. Salzman in room 5-211 for more information about Sister Cities International.