Youth Leadership summit

~ celebrating united nations' international youth day ~

Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages

friday, August 12, 2022 | 12:00 ET

Youth Leadership Summit 2022- International Youth Day

Sister Cities International is excited to announce the registration for the Youth Leadership Summit is now open to our global audience.

Sister City programs around the world empower young people to think globally, spurring a new generation of citizen diplomats and volunteers who become instrumental in promoting peace, mutual respect, and prosperity. Our Youth Leadership Summit is designed to engage future leaders and introduce them to important global challenges. Taking place on International Youth Day, this summit is where our global membership of all ages will have the opportunity to engage with field experts, listen to student panels, and partake in our annual Young Artists and Authors Showcase.

This year we will highlight the United Nations’ 2022 theme: International Youth Day–Intergenerational Solidarity: Creating a World for All Ages.

sci youth chats

Recently, Sister Cities International launched its “Youth Chats” conversation series for high school students. The programs took place in May, June, and July and provided an opportunity for students to discuss pressing global issues such as Youth Leadership In Institutions, Climate Action, and Education. This summit will bring together three student delegates from each chat to discuss how the programs have changed their perspectives on youth leadership.

young artists and authors showcase

We’re excited to announce the winners of this year’s Young Artists and Authors Showcase! Sister Cities International received more than 360 submissions across six categories: classic art, digital art, essay, poetry, photography, and original music.

With the theme Generation Rescue: Sustainable Water for All, the Showcase aimed to raise awareness about water sustainability and climate change. This summit will provide a unique opportunity to view incredible artwork of students from around the world.


AUGUST 12, 2022 - 12:00 PM ET

  • Opening Remarks

  • Leroy Allala

    President and CEO, Sister Cities International

  • Keynote Speaker

  • Monique Toussaint

    Senior Advisor, White House Initiative on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Black Americans, U.S. Department of Education

  • YAAS Winner Announcements


  • Sarah Lingo

    Executive Director, Sister Cities of Nashville

  • YAAS Winner Performance


  • Youth Chats Alumni Panel

  • Jennifer Hamad

    Moderator & 2021 YLS Alumna | Houston, TX

  • Edward Sun

    May Youth Chat Delegate | Fort Wayne, IN

  • Isabella Severino

    June Youth Chat Delegate | Bacolod City, Philippines

  • Koushik Jandhyala

    July Youth Chat Delegate | San Diego, CA

  • Speaker

  • Letitia Zwickert

    Founder and CEO, MENTEE

  • YAAS Winner Announcements


  • Lisa Keyes

    Executive Director, Tuscaloosa Sister Cities Commission

  • Speaker

  • Ronald Taylor

    Youth Leadership Award Winner, Aurora Sister Cities

  • YAAS Winner Announcements


  • Drew Powell

    President, Rockville Sister Cities Corporation

  • YAAS Winner Performance


  • 1:42 PM

  • Closing Remarks

  • Closing Remarks

  • Peter Svarzbein

    Chair, Sister Cities International


classic art

digitAl art





Jahn Kharmelo Navales - "Ever Changing" | Norfolk Sister City Association - Cagayan De Oro
By: Jahn Kharmelo Navales
Jonathan Myung - "Waterfall" | Santa Clarita Sister Cities
By: Jonathan Myung
George Alexander - "Remote" | Tacoma Sister Cities".
By: George Alexander

Join us as we celebrate the United Nations International Youth Day on August 12, 2022! Registration is free and open to participants of all ages.

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