Houston Guayaquil Sister City Association Wins Sister Cities International's Innovation Award fo

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WASHINGTON, DC - Houston Guayaquil Sister City Association (HGSCA) has won the Sister Cities International 2018 Innovation Award for Youth and Education for a city with a population over 500,000. The awards competition, which is open to over 500 sister city programs nationwide, recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and community sister city programs that are promoting peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation.

HGSCA intends to position itself as one of Houston's leading sister cities organizations. Therefore, its new knowledge Exchange and Innovation Strategy is aimed to enhance the impact of science and technology, all while meeting our Sister Cities of Houston aspirations for creating and strengthening partnerships on both a local and global level. Through the MoU agreements signed by Rice University and ESPOL, and ESPOL with HGSCA, it is expected direct contact between students, faculty, and administrative staff, as well as department, centers, and related institutions, maximizing the opportunities available, allowing for any possible economic growth and development among all parties involved.

1. Advisory Board 2. HGSCA - Board of Directors 3. HGSCA - Guayaquil Board of Directors

"We all stand to learn from these superstar Sister City programs as they impact their communities across a broad range of sectors that include business entrepreneurship, youth leadership, and arts and culture," said Roger-Mark De Souza, Sister Cities International's President & CEO. "These individuals and local organizations inspire us to be better citizens as their work exemplifies President Eisenhower's vision of engaged international citizen diplomats. They create beneficial connections and lasting relationships which will help their communities today and for years to come."

Sister Cities International Annual Awards recognize excellence in overall programming and highlight key innovations in arts and culture; business and trade; humanitarian assistance; youth and education; and professional and technical exchange categories. We also honor a Volunteer of the Year and our Youth Leadership who demonstrate exceptional efforts to advance peace through citizen diplomacy.

This year we will honor all our award winners during SCI's 2018 Annual Conference from August 2-4th in Aurora, Colorado.

The conference will bring together hundreds of the most influential citizen diplomats and global leaders in diplomacy, foreign affairs, policy, business, and innovation to discuss, share examples, and network. This year's theme, Cities Leading the way, will focus on smart and resilient cities, leadership development, and entrepreneurship as key building blocks of President Eisenhower's vision of creating a more peaceful world through citizen engagement and international cooperation between cities.

Founded as a Presidential Initiative by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, Sister Cities International serves as the national membership organization for 500 member communities with over 2,000 partnerships in more than 140 countries on six continents. The sister city network unites tens of thousands of citizen diplomats and volunteers who work tirelessly to promote the organization's' mission of creating world peace and understanding through programs and projects focusing on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development.

Source: Sister Cities International


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