♦ Santa Clarita Students Chosen as Finalists by Sister Cities International – August 2020
Santa Clarita Sister Cities Program is proud to announce that the work of two local students were selected as national finalists in Sister Cities International’s 2020 Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS). Valencia High student Amber Lee’s artwork, titled “United We Stand,” and Saugus High student Sydney Hooper’s poem, titled “Stronger Than Ever,” made it to the final round of this annual contest. They competed with entries from other Sister Cities organizations throughout the U.S. in addressing this year’s theme, “One World: Out of Many, We Are One.” Congratulations, Amber and Sydney! We are so proud of you! The YAAS winners and finalists can be found at sistercities.org/YAAS.
♦ A Helping Hand for Tena, Ecuador – August 2020
Santa Clarita Sister Cities sent funds to Tena, Ecuador, one of its Sister City, to help 30-35 families who were adversely affected not only by COVID-19 but by a recent flooding of one of its local river tributaries. This flood affected the local crops on which the residents depended on for their livelihood.
♦ School Supplies for Students in Sariaya, Philippines – August 2020
Elementary students in Sariaya, Philippines have something to look forward to when they are finally able to physically go back to school — new backpacks and school supplies. Santa Clarita Sister Cities, in partnership with the Fil-Am (Filipino-American) Association of SCV, collected school supplies to benefit some of the poorest youth in the area. The supplies were recently distributed to their parents (kids are not yet allowed to go out of the house in the Philippines due to COVID-19).
♦ Santa Clarita Sister Cities Board Member Appointed to SoCal Sister Cities Board – May 2020
Santa Clarita Sister Cities Board Treasurer Elena Galvez was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Sister Cities International Southern California Chapter. Elena was part of the founding group of Santa Clarita Sister Cities and has been actively involved in the formation of Sister Cities relationships with Tena, Ecuador and Sariaya, Philippines. We are excited to have Elena contribute to Sister Cities’ mission not only locally but on a regional level.
♦ Young Authors and Artists Showcase 2020 Winners – May 2020
Congratulations to our student artist and authors whose works have been submitted to Sister Cities International to compete at the 2020 Young Artists and Authors Showcase for a chance to win $1,000. You make us proud!
Art – Amber Lee, Valencia High School – “United We Stand”
Poem – Sydney Hooper, Saugus High School – “Stronger Than Ever”
Essay – Blake Gallardo, Saugus High School – “Tragedy Brings Community”
♦ Donation to Santa Clarita’s Philippine Sister City in Light of COVID-19 – April 2020
Santa Clarita Sister Cities sent funds to Sariaya, Philippines to help purchase rice and canned goods for those in most need due to COVID-19.
Calling all students ages 13-18! Participate in the Sister Cities showcase with your artwork, photography, essay or poem. This year’s theme is “One World: Out of Many, We are One.” For questions, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
♦ Sister Cities International’s Young Authors & Artists Showcase Exhibit – February 2020
Join us on February 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the Newhall Library for a reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibit featuring the national winners and finalists of Sister Cities International’s Young Authors and Artists Showcase. This exhibit is touring the U.S. for a year and we are proud to host it from February 5-27 at the Newhall Library.
Due to the coronavirus, this event is being postponed to a later date (TBD).
Be a part of the Santa Clarita Sister Cities Charity Hike in the beautiful Santa Clarita Woodlands. This is an event you will not want to miss! This inaugural hike will provide an enjoyable experience for everyone. Hike the challenging 5.1-mile Towsley Canyon Loop Trail with its panoramic views of the Santa Clarita Valley or the scenic rolling hills of the shorter 1.6-mile Elder Loop Trail.
♦ Zumba-thon for Desks – January 2020
What a fun and healthy way to raise funds! Dozens of residents and out-of-town friends “Zumba-ed” on January 12 to raise funds and support the Santa Clarita Sister Cities “Dollars for Desks” campaign to raise funds to provide schools desks to students in Sariaya, Santa Clarita’s Sister City in the Philippines.
♦Dollars for Desks – December 2019
Make a difference in a kid’s life! Help us provide school desks to students from Sariaya, Santa Clarita’s Sister City in the Philippines. A desk costs about $20 but we welcome any amount, however small. Venmo your tax-deductible donations to @SCSister Cities or send a check (payable to SCVIP or Santa Clarita Valley International Program) to SCVIP, 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.
♦ City of Santa Clarita Founder Carl Boyer Dies at 81 – May 2019
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Carl Boyer, founder of the Santa Clarita Valley International and Sister Cities Program, founding father of the City of Santa Clarita, and former City of Santa Clarita Mayor and Councilmember. Rest in Peace, Carl. Thank you for your legacy, the wisdom you so selflessly shared with us who were lucky enough to have known you and worked with you, and for the blessings you shared with kids from different parts of the globe. You will be missed.