Sister Cities International (SCI)

President Dwight D. Eisenhower founded the Sister Cities program in 1956 to achieve international peace through a people-to-people concept of twinning U.S. cities with foreign communities all over the globe. His hope was that through goodwill, understanding, and helping other cultures we would ensure a world of peace. Presently, 1,060 U.S. cities have Sister City ties with over 1,900 cities in 120 nations. Sister Cities is the largest citizen exchange organization in the world. SCI is head-quartered on Alexandria, Virginia.

SCI is a non-profit, national organization driven by grassroots citizen volunteers and city officials. Exchange programs provide each country with enormous social and economic benefits and promote greater cross-cultural understanding worldwide.


SOCAL Sister Cities

SOCAL Sister Cities is all about understanding and promoting respect among people of different cultures, locally and globally. Citizen diplomats are reaching out, one-on-one, to citizens in other communities in Southern California and around the world. SOCAL oversees 88 Sister Cities from San Luis Obispo to San Diego, organizing conferences to inform, engage, and empower all members with opportunities for citizen diplomacy. It is the largest chapter of Sister Cities International.


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City of Pasadena

Although Pasadena is best known as the host of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl football game, the City also boasts numerous cultural amenities, fine restaurants and top retailers. All this helps Pasadena live up to the true meaning of its name—the Crown of the Valley.