PBSCA brings Portland and Bologna together every summer through our Youth Exchange
The summer of 2017 marked the tenth year of the PBSCA Youth Exchange, a small, reciprocal program, where in alternating years, for two weeks, 16-17 year-olds from each city travel one summer and host one summer. Each city provides an official itinerary to introduce our visitors to their sister city, and host families engage them in informal activities. Starting in 2008, with the arrival of seven Bologna teens in Portland, this summer’s exchange will be the fifth time we have sent Portland teens to Bologna. To date, 170 teens have had the opportunity to connect through the PBSCA Youth Exchange, and many friendships have endured.
Our thanks for your help in continuing to offer our young Portland teens a truly authentic and affordable cultural exchange opportunity that meets the mission of Sister Cities International: to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation – one individual, one community at a time.
Though just 2 weeks in duration, this program provides an authentic, cultural experience designed to introduce teens to another way of living and a larger lens through which to view the world. Our hope is that this nurtures a desire to learn more and an acceptance of differences.
Our Youth Exchange program is already full for 2017. Starting in the fall of 2017 we will be accepting applications from high school sophomores for 2018 summer hosting in Portland. Our goal is to have those who host here in Portland travel to Bologna in the following summer. Please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or would like more information about the youth exchange.
SUPPORT YOUTH EXCHANGE
As an all-volunteer effort, this program is supported by fundraising efforts and donations which allow us to offer a robust itinerary for our Bologna visitors when in Portland, and to provide a scholarship to at least one of our Portland travelers. Please help us continue to offer this to our young Portlanders.