Young Global Citizens

Young Global Citizens

The Norfolk Sister City Association

Young Global Citizens Program

The Norfolk Sister Cities Young Global Citizens program is inspired by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) which has presented the following core competencies that have emerged as likely outcomes of global citizenship education:

understanding of specific global issues and trends, and knowledge of and respect for key universal values (e.g., peace and human rights, diversity, justice, democracy, non‐discrimination, tolerance);

♦ critical, creative and innovative thinking, problem‐solving, and decision‐making;

♦ empathy, openness to experiences and other perspectives, interpersonal/communicative skills, and aptitude for networking and interacting with people of different backgrounds and origins;

♦ desire and abilities to launch and engage in proactive global citizenship efforts.

Norfolk Sister City Association has developed the Young Global Citizens program in keeping with our organization’s mission to advance understanding, friendship, and cooperation between the people of Norfolk, Virginia and its international sister cities.

This is accomplished through partnerships with after school and summer enrichment programs introducing youth to the UNESCO concepts and more.

The elements are:

1.  Inbound Sister City exchange students and adults sharing their culture and global views.

2.  Outbound education and cultural exchange visits to our Sister Cities funded by donations and sponsorships.

3.  Former local outbound exchange students who can share their experiences and insights with both students and adults in Hampton Roads.

4.  A program of global citizenship readings, videos, art and music as well as web-based content, including virtual exchanges.

5.  Following successful completion of a program (with or without an outbound exchange), youth will be awarded the status of “Global Citizen” by the Norfolk Sister City Association with the appropriate community recognition.



2018 YGC and Summer High School Student Exchange Programs


During the spring semester summer our Education Committee provided three school programs covering Tema, Ghana; Kochi, India and Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.  This summer we sent nine students and one chaperone to Wilhelmshaven, Germany and three unaccompanied students to Toulon, France.  Our inaugural exchange with Cagayan de Oro began with an inbound delegation of six students and one chaperone. 

It is our hope that you will enjoy this PowerPoint that serves as a review of our programs and a look into the ways we impact the lives of the students we reach.