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Fort Worth Sister Cities takes annual Leadership Academy to Japan

Posted Aug. 6, 2019

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“Students viewed movies, art and sculpture by famous anime producers Studio Ghibli."

Since 1989, the International Leadership Academy has brought young people from Fort Worth’s nine sister cities to the area to discuss pressing global issues. This year, Fort Worth Sister Cities is taking the Academy to Nagaoka, Japan, to celebrate the summer leadership program’s 30th anniversary.

A select number of students from Fort Worth were selected to participate in an Advanced Leadership Academy with other students from Hungary, Indonesia, Italy and Japan. This year’s theme, Peace through Innovation, will encourage students to explore and focus on critical and current issues. Through the program they will gain essential leadership and communication skills through cross-cultural activities such as art, music and language studies.

Participants will stay with host families in Nagaoka. During the day, they will attend classes designed to challenge stereotypes, highlight cultures, promote diplomatic dialogue, develop leadership skills and solve global problems. Activities will also include visits to area businesses, museums and other cultural venues, as well as a community service project.

“The students will be challenged to improve and refine their leadership skills and learn how diverse cultures can support common goals. It’s a tremendous opportunity for personal growth,” said Nancy Marchant, Leadership Academy coordinator.

The students return to Fort Worth Aug. 11.

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