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Sister Cities International welcomes students (Ages 14-18) to participate in the 2017 Youth Leadership Summit at the 61st Annual Conference in Virginia Beach, VA.  

The 2017 Youth Leadership Summit will be an exciting 3-day event exposing students to international affairs and citizen diplomacy while helping them develop leadership, problem solving, and communication skills!

Below is a general overview of the agenda. More details will be added as they become available.

For more information, please contact Alyssa Fox at afox@sistercities.org.


Wednesday, July 12
 12:00pm  - 5:00 pm
Student Arrivals & Check-in at Virginia Wesleyan College

Thursday, July 13 - Saturday July 15  
 8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Activities in/around Virginia Beach:

Opening Ceremony

City Welcome Reception

U.S. Diplomacy Center Simulations and Presentations

Conference Plenary Speakers 

Sessions about Sister Cities, public diplomacy, and international affairs.

 Sunday, July 16
 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Student Departures/Breakfast


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The Youth Leadership Summit includes accommodations at Virginia Wesleyan College for (4) nights – Check-in 7/12/17, Check-out 7/16/17. There is also an option during registration to purchase ground transportation ($25) from Norfolk International Airport on Wednesday, 7/12 and Sunday, 7/16.  Flight arrival times must be between 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm on Wednesday 7/12 and between 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on Sunday 7/16 for flight departures. Those traveling through other airports, or flying outside the time frames above, will be responsible for their own transportation. The registration rate for members is $600, and $650 for non-members of Sister Cities International.

Sister Cities International will also offer a local rate for students that are local to the Virginia Beach area and would like to commute to the Summit daily (no lodging provided). The local registration rate is a flat fee of $350. We welcome Virginia Beach area students to register for the regular rate if they wish to stay in VWC dorms with the other students.

If you do not want to register online with a credit card, you may register offline by completing the offline registration form. This is ideal for those that wish to pay by check or wire transfer. Please download the form HERE..

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