The Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group consists of past, future and current delegates selected as exchange students.
Coordinator of Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group
Cassie Lobert, TSC Youth Group Coordinator
The Youth Group is currently holding virtual meetings on the third Sunday of every month at 7:00 pm. For information on those meetings, including the link to join, please sign up for our reminder by texting @tempesi to 81010.
About the TSC Youth Group
The Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group is open to all high school aged citizens of Tempe. Past delegates become members automatically after being selected as Sister Cities Youth Ambassadors in their junior year of high school. The Youth Group’s main purpose is to recruit applicants into the student exchange program. Some secondary goals of the youth group are making a difference in the community and beyond through service and fundraisers, as well as encouraging friendships, both at home and overseas in our sister cities. Those meetings are dedicated to recruitment and planning towards their fundraising and volunteering goals. As part of their connection to Tempe Sister Cities, the Youth Group participates in Oktoberfest by running their own food booth. They also help out at Hackett House and a number of community programs throughout the school year. The Youth Group does not meet during the summer months of June and July.
For more information on the Youth Group or to become a member, fill out and submit the form at the bottom of this page.
Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group Goals
The Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group has three distinct goals:
- Promote connection to the Tempe Sister Cities
- Make a difference in the community and beyond through service
- Encourage continuing friendships, both at home and overseas.
As part of their connection to the Tempe Sister Cities, The Youth Group participates in many of our programs such as Oktoberfest and the Making a World of Difference Dinner. Additionally, youth group members participate in events at Hackett House and a number of community projects, such as a volunteer day cleaning a section of street or packing medical supplies at Project C.U.R.E., assist in the new delegate selection, and fundraise to attend the Sister Cities International (SCI) Conference each year.
Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group Involvement
Our Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group members have both obligations and opportunities in their positions as community ambassadors and student leaders.
Members of the group are expected to be involved with the organization throughout their junior and senior years, including recruiting students for participation in next year’s program by talking about their own experiences as exchange delegates and hosts.
In addition, TSC Youth Group members assist in the selection process by answering questions applicants may have about their experiences. Once the selection of the new delegates is final, the current members throw a celebration event for the new members.
The Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group also hosts events for the new delegates and their exchange sister or brother on their return from their sister cities journey.
Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group Volunteers
Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group makes a difference in the community through volunteering.
Past members have donated their time as volunteers to work with the community on such projects as Project C.U.R.E., Adopt-a-Street, Fantasy-of-Lights-Parade, Edgefest, the Multicultural Arts Fair, and many more similar events.
Additionally, the group currently fundraises for Timbuktu, with our primary school development partnership.
The Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group members also fundraise for themselves, and are responsible for keeping a budget for their organization. This money goes to support events like the Youth Group Prom for International Delegates, which is given each year to allow the sisters and brothers who come to Tempe on exchange to experience an American prom, as well as parties such as the one given to celebrate the new exchange student selections. They also use these funds to help offset costs for members attending the annual SCI Conference.
Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group Events
The Tempe Sister Cities Youth Group runs special events for their members including monthly meetings, cook-outs, laser tag games, pizza parties, ice cream socials, fundraisers, and student officer election.
The money raised at fundraisers such as Oktoberfest, Edgefest and other TSC events funds the trip costs for the travel for selected delegates and funds the youth group activities.
Monthly group meetings are held every third Sunday for two hours, with adult coordinator participation. The group hosts guest speakers during meetings who present information on such diverse themes as time management skills, developing leadership skills, and getting ready for college.
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