Category Archives: Recent News

Apply Now for the 2018 Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award

The Adams County Mayors and Commissioners Youth Award recognizes teenagers in grades 6th through 12th who have overcome personal or physical obstacles and have risen to challenges in life to create a positive change in their lives, and serve as inspirations in the lives of others.  The program is a two-tiered recognition program honoring nominees at a […]

A Train from China to London?

In a journey that will take you two weeks and almost 7,500 miles, China eagerly launches a direct rail freight service to London.  London has become the 15th European city to join the New Silk Road, which passes through over 20 countries.  The Silk Road began over 2000 years ago and as China is recreating […]

Join Aurora Sister Cities International At Our Winter Celebration & Fundraiser!

Join Aurora Sister Cities International on Wednesday February 7th at the Aurora History Museum for our Winter Celebration & Fundraiser!  Enjoy fantastic global foods and beverages and for a chance to win international themed prizes!  Tickets are only $15 with a suggested donation of $10 per prize drawing. If you would like to help with […]

50 Reasons to #LoveTheWorld in 2018

BBC Travel celebrates photos of our planet and the simple joys of traveling in their #LoveTheWorld article.  Read HERE to see how a range of 50 people from writers, chefs, musicians and photographers captured the beauty in their travels and how their international experiences shape their daily lives.  It’s always good to remember all the wonderful things […]

Change the World, Start with Coffee

Developing relationships between local and global partnerships that center on international trade is paramount to the Aurora Sister Cities International’s mission.  What happens when cafes develop relationships with farmers halfway across the world?  New technology tracks each bean from the farm to mug to ensure that green coffee traders provide the best ethically scored beans […]

Applications for the Kakehashi Project due by January 2nd!

Applications for the Kakehashi Project 2017-18 Now Open! Apply now for the 2017-2018 JACL Kakehashi Program! Up to 200 participants will be selected to participate in this year’s JACL Kakehashi Program, coordinated by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and the Japan International Cooperation Center (JICE), and supported by funding from the Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. […]

Still Looking For That Perfect Gift?

Give a gift this year that helps support local Colorado refugees this year! Here are a few ideas for unique and create gift options that also make a huge impact in the lives of refugees. United Nations Associations “Adopt-A-Future” This holiday season, donate to the Adopt-A-Future initiative to provide refugee youth the chance to learn again. […]

10,000 Children’s Books Printed and Set to Ethiopian Libraries

Books continue to change lives for Ethiopian children. In a country with no children’s books, a free, well run library has a direct, transformative impact on children’s lives. This year, Ethiopia Reads printed their first set of 10,000 copies of 5 high-quality picture books to distribute to their network of over 70 libraries across the […]

Sister City Programs Are Not Just Ceremonial

The cities of Houston, TX and Baku, Azerbaijan may not seem to have a lot in common at first glance, but to one couple who moved from Baku to Houston 20 years ago, the impact of this sister city relationship was far greater than expected.   The Houston Chronicle’s article Akhoundova: Houston and Baku: Sister cities that […]

The Important Impact of Sister Libraries in Ethiopia

The International Library and Cultural Exchange Interest Group (ILCE-IG) seeks to create connections and cooperation between Colorado libraries and sister libraries all over the world.  The ILCE-IG supports individual and library partnerships and activities that enhance cultural understanding, as well as supporting cultural programming and activities that celebrate diverse ethnic and immigrant cultures in Colorado.  Local […]

How Cities Can Better Serve Migrants

  People have been migrating around the world for as long as time can tell. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has released their study on Migration and Its Impact On Cities, October 2017 Report.  Committed to improving the world, the WEF compiled this report which covers the various types and causes of migration and how […]

All Mexico-US Sister Cities Mayors Summit

Join cities and counties from the USA and Mexico as they gather in Guadalajara, Mexico from February 15-17, 2018 as they take part in the All Mexico – US Sister Cities Mayors Summit to discuss ways to advance sister city programs between the US and Mexico into the future. It is a great opportunity to showcase grassroots […]

See Highlights From The Turn It Up Dance Showcase Fundraiser!

Turn It Up, a K-Pop dance showcase fundraiser that was sponsored by Harley Davidson and Hot Topics, helped raise funds for the Aurora Sister Cities International’s Korea Committee.  If you missed the event, you can watch some of the highlights in THIS VIDEO!  Thank you Kathryn Zeigler for creating the amazing video!

Would Your Family Like to Host an Up With People International Cast Member?

Up with People is returning to Denver and is searching for people that are willing to open their homes to host one or more of their international cast members. Hosting opportunities are from January 19, 2017 (with some staff members arriving earlier on January 4 and January 10) through February 26, 2017. It is a convenient and fun […]

Think The Olympics Are Just About Sports?

Did you know that the Olympic games are more than just sports?  The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair […]

Want to make a global difference with your holiday shopping this year?

During this holiday season, think about giving a gift with a global impact. Based in Denver, Threads Worldwide creates life-changing work for women in more than 15 countries around the world. Threads provides work that pays artisans a fair wage, empowering them to provide for their families and make a difference in their communities. They focus on empowering […]

Seeking Members of the Salvadoran Community For Aurora History Museum Focus Group

Buscando miembros de la comunidad Salvadorena para participar en una exhibicion con el museo de historia de Aurora! December 2nd and 9th, 2017 at the Aurora History Museum (15051 E Alameda Pkwy, Aurora, CO 80012).  Individuals should plan on arriving by 10am each day. Calling all members from the Salvadoran community!  Join the Aurora History […]

Could Cultural Exchange Visas Be Cut?

According to the Wall Street Journal, cultural exchange programs through the J-1 Visa Exchange Visitor Program could be severely reduced or eliminated.  Over 100,000 students travel to the United States through work-travel programs and are often stationed at tourist spots at national parks, hotels and beaches.  Au Pairs, summer camp counselors and interns/trainee students compete […]

Are You a College Student Interested in Traveling and Learning a New Language?

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is a fully-funded intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Students spend eight to ten weeks abroad studying one of 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu. Most […]

Diversity and Inclusion Summit

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce hosted their second annual Diversity and Inclusion Resource Summit on Thursday October 12th.  The event kicked off with a resource fair which included vendors offering information and services aimed at diversifying local businesses, services, and products.  Numerous ethnic restaurants shared samples of their fine cuisine for all to try.  Aurora […]

Annual Sister Cities International Conference Coming to Aurora in 2018!

Aurora Sister Cities International is proud and excited to announce that Aurora, Colorado will be hosting  the 62nd Annual Sister Cities International Conference August 2-4, 2018!  Join Aurora Sister Cities International and our parent organization for one of Aurora’s first truly transnational conferences. Nearly 1,000 people from around the nation and globe will convene at Aurora’s Hyatt […]

Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade Team Up with Denver Startup Week

At the annual Denver Startup Week, which runs September 25-29, a variety of topics, panels and seminars focused on entrepreneurship and inspiring the local community to develop their ideas for future worldwide startups will be discussed.  The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade will partner with Denver Startup and host a variety of panels […]

Ever Heard of the 4th Industrial Revolution?

A recent Bloomberg news article online states that by 2036 “humans [will be] entirely removed by the logistics business” due to the current revolution in automation and robotics.  Many folks in the corporate sector refer to these changes as the 4th Industrial Revolution. Aurora Sister Cities International is preparing local students for future changes in […]

Howdy Cows Travel from Aurora to Korea

Delegates from our Sister City in Korea, Seongnam City, visited Aurora last month during the city’s annual Global Fest celebration.  The three Korean delegates from the Seongnam City Trade Office spent three days meeting with local representatives from the Anschutz Medical Campus, the Community College of Aurora, and with city  of Aurora management to discuss future municipal exchange […]

We sent Aurora students to camp. Here’s what they have to say about it.

8/29/2017 by Loren G. Evans In June Aurora Sister Cities International launched its youth programming with Global Youth Leader, a summer camp focused on giving students the skills needed to succeed in this global world. Two of the most promising graduates were sent across the country to represent Aurora at national camps. Here is what they […]

Global Fest 2017 Photo Gallery

Global Fest 2017 Sunshine and good times were plentiful at this year’s Global Fest.

The Lee, Myers & O’Connell Essay Contest 2017

Deadline: August 31, 2017 5:00 PM MST The 2017 Lee, Myers & O’Connell Essay Contest is under way and you still have time to enter!  A 300 – 500 word essay could win you a $2,000 scholarship.  The top five contestants will be awarded scholarships. THE 2017 TOPIC HOW DOES TEXTING WHILE DRIVING AFFECT THE […]

Young Artists and Authors take note “The Art of Diplomacy” is the 2018 YAAS Theme

Submission due March 1st, 2018 Each year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography. Showcasing their imagination, creativity, and passion for world peace, students interpret a designated annual theme into works of art and […]

2017 Seongnam City International Youth Conference

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2017 Seongnam City International Youth Conference   Aurora Sister Cities International invites Aurora and metro-area youth and young adults ages 15-20 to apply to participate in a five-day leadership conference in Seongnam City, South Korea. Through its sister city partnership with the city of Seongnam, South Korea, Aurora Sister Cities International has […]

Announcing the launch of Global Youth Leaders

In June ASCI launched our new youth program Global Youth Leaders with a summer leadership camp.  The pilot camp was attended by 21 Aurora youth who participated in a week of activities focused on the 5 C’s: Character, Citizenship, Communication, Creativity, and Culture.  A big thank you to Kelly Shorb for leading the camp and […]

Winners 2017 Sister Cities International Best Overall Award

Aurora Sister Cities international has won the 2017 Sister Cities International Best Overall Award for cities with a population between 300,001 and 500,000. This award is in recognition of the outstanding exchange work done by Aurora Sister Cities International in advancing the goals and mission of the sister cities movement. Thank you Aurora for helping to […]

Aurora Council Member Bob Roth on Aurora going Global

Aurora City Council member Bob Roth talks about Aurora Sister Cities International bringing an international conference and other benefits to the city of Aurora. Bob Roth on ASCI *Correction: the Sister Cities International conference in 2018 will have 500-1000 participants.  

Call for Applications

 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS 2017 Seongnam City International Youth Conference   The deadline for applications is August 18th. Interested applicants should submit the attached application with typed responses to Karlyn K. Shorb, CEO, Aurora Sister Cities International at or 720-309-9415.  Applications are due by August 18, 2017. APPLICATION 2017 Youth Conference in Korea More information

Young Leaders Forum Application Deadline Extended

Calling all youth interested in community engagement and social justice.  The application deadline for the Young Leaders Forum has been extended to May 15th.  

Off to Korea!

April 22-28: The trade, education, and cultural mission to Korea is underway! The delegation was greeted with a fantastic welcoming ceremony and is surly enjoying the fantastic flavors of Korea. Check our Facebook page for updates, and back here after the delegation returns for news of their successes.

Aurora Sister Cities International Leads Delegation to Korea

On April 22, 2017 a delegation of Aurora government, business and education leaders will travel to Aurora’s sister city in Seongnam, South Korea to participate in a week-long trade mission. This visit, hosted by Aurora Sister Cities International and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, is meant to deepen Aurora’s existing partnership with Seongnam City by introducing […]

Take a Journey to Ethiopia

September 25 to October 9, 2017 Adama & Axum Ethiopia Join Denver Sister Cities International and Aurora Sister Cities International on an historic tour of Ethiopia. Experience the intense celebration at the festival of Meskel, feel the grandeur of the rock-hewn churches at Lalibela, and see the temple that may well house the Ark of […]

44th Annual World Trade Day Conference

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017 Colorado Convention Center 700 14th St. Denver, CO 80202 World Trade Day is right around the corner!  With trade being in the news a lot lately, it is more important than ever to learn how trade benefits our economy and our lives. Join the World Trade Center Denver and the globally-minded […]

Aurora Sister Cities International Leads Delegation to Korea

On April 22, 2017 a delegation of Aurora government, community, and business leaders will travel to Aurora’s sister city in Seongnam, South Korea to participate in a week-long trade mission. This visit, hosted by Aurora Sister Cities International and Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan, is meant to deepen Aurora’s existing partnership with Seongnam City by introducing […]

Community Survey: We Want Your Feedback!

Aurora Sister Cities International is looking for community feedback for  a program that we are developing! In the summer of 2017 ASCI would like to launch its first-ever educational program designed to engage Aurora youth in a Global Youth Leadership Development program. We are looking for feedback for this program from students, parents, teachers, administrators, […]

2016: A Year in Review for Aurora Sister Cities International

2016 was a big year for Aurora Sister Cities International! Between international delegation visits to festivals we’ve had a blast. In 2016 we welcomed delegations from three different countries. In March visitors from Seongnam City, our sister city in South Korea, came for a week of tours and business and trade discussions. Then in May […]

Governor’s Mansion Celebrates Colorado’s Sister Cities

Every year interior designers compete for the opportunity to decorate the Governor’s Residence in Denver. This year the Governor’s Office and the Governor’s Residence Preservation Fund have chosen the theme Colorado’s Sister Cities. This theme invites designers to highlight the spirit of the holidays around the world and celebrate the spirit of togetherness. The Colorado Sister […]

5 Ways The World Celebrates Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is widely considered an “American” holiday that is celebrated with family, feasts, and football. But this celebration of harvest, family, and thanks is not actually unique to the United States. Many other countries celebrate a similar holiday. Check out how they celebrate! 1) Liberia This small West African country was founded in the 1880’s […]

Join Sister Cities International for #SisterCitySunday

Sister Cities International has teamed up with the Delegation of the European Union to the United States to create a 28-week program that highlights the importance of people-to-people relationships in the spirit of sister cities. This online campaign will focus on a different EU member state every week. The content will feature a story about […]

Aurora Sister Cities International Receives Korean Book Donation

September 3, 2016 In September ASCI received a generous donation of beautiful children’s and young adult literature in the Korean language. These books have been donated to the Korean Academy of Colorado (housed at Aurora’s Global Village Academy). The books will be added to a lending library for the children studying the Korean language at this academy. […]

Young Artists and Authors Showcase 2017: “We’re Going Places”

Each year, the Young Artists and Authors Showcase (YAAS) encourages youth from around the globe to express the mission of Sister Cities International through original artwork, literature, film, and photography. Showcasing their imagination, creativity, and passion for world peace, students interpret a designated annual theme into works of art and literature. This year’s theme, “We’re […]

Host an International Volunteer

Up with People is a non-profit global education program that takes students around the globe on a 6-month, multi-continent tour. They travel to a new destination each week where they enjoy a true cultural immersion experience by living with host families and doing community service projects. From September 12th-19th Up with People is bringing 100 young international volunteers […]

Global Fest 2016

Saturday, August 20, 2016. The Great Lawn in front of the Aurora Municipal center was packed with tents covered in vibrant decorations, food trucks and stands filled with sweet-smelling foods from across the world. Visitors walked around dressed in clothes from their native homelands including beautiful outfits from Ethiopia, Korea, El Salvador, and so many […]

Aurora Welcomes Delegation from El Salvador

Friday, August 19, 2016. On August 19, 2016 Aurora Sister Cities International, together with the city of Aurora’s Office of International and Immigrant Affairs, welcomed a delegation from Antiguo Cuscatlán, El Salvador. The primary purpose of the delegation visit was to officiate a friendship city relationship between Mayors Steve Hogan and Zoila Milagros Navas of […]

Creating Relationships through Cultural Exchanges

Sister cities help to connect people/communities from different backgrounds by building partnerships/friendships through mutual cultural exchanges such as dance and music. For more click on the link below …

Establishing Lifelong Connections

In a world that is very interconnected by social media platforms, it is important now more than ever to use these tools to form strong international friendships/partnerships that create more global peace and understanding. These relationships form at a governmental level and continue with the support of its citizens. It is through people-to-people interactions that […]

Sister Cities International Day

Sister Cities International Day was officially declared on July 15, 2016. This day is a call to action for Americans and citizens to celebrate their commitment to connecting cities and people through economic and sustainable development programs, youth and education projects, arts and culture, and humanitarian assistance that build partnerships and support a prosperous and […]

Herat, Afghanistan and Council Bluff Become Sister Cities

As a sister city, we understand the importance of maintaining global relationships as a way to better understand and accept cultural differences across the world. Before delegates from Herat, Afghanistan and Council Bluffs signed an agreement to be sister cities, they knew very little about America. After delegates visited Council Bluff they were eager to […]

Host a French Foreign Exchange Student

We are passionate about creating opportunities for cultural and educational exchanges! Give yourself the opportunity to learn about another country by hosting a French foreign exchange student in July! It’s a good way to understand a different culture and language while forming a life-long friendship.

Congratulations, CCA’s Model United Nations Team!

Congratulations to CCA’s Model United Nations Team on being awarded Honorable Mention for the second year in a row and to CCA Video Specialist Ryan Elam who received first place for his National Model United Nations Video! Keep up the good work! Go to YouTube to see more from the National Model United Nations 2016.

Strengthening International Relationships

Sister Cities relationships strengthen international relationships by encouraging peace and prosperity through a mutual cultural awareness. Continue reading …

Newburyport / Bura exchange educational resources

We believe international exchanges give youth the opportunity to excel. Newburyport / Bura Alliance sister city group is an example of how they are using their resources to connect to the needs of their youth. Click below for more information …

PARTNER EVENT : Calling all entrepreneurs!

We believe it is important to foster international trading opportunities that not only strengthen our economies, but also build healthy friendships. The World Trade Center Denver is hosting a live discussion at its headquarters on July 21st at 7:30AM, where Colorado State University’s Institute for Entrepreneurship staff and a distinguished entrepreneur from the Front Range […]

2nd Annual Cultural Celebration Day

Aurora Welcome Center welcomes you to celebrate people from all around the world on Saturday, July 9th from 10AM to 1 PM at 1085 Peoria Street in Aurora. AWC Full Page Flyer

International Day with the Rockies

The Posner Center, Global Chamber, One School at a Time, Chamber of the Americas, and Aurora Chamber of Commerce invite YOU out for an exciting night of Rockies vs. Dodgers that goes to supporting a good cause on August 4, 2016 from 6:40 pm – 10:00 pm at Coors Field! Don’t miss the action!!

Korean/American Community Foundation of Colorado Leadership Program

The Korean American Community Foundation of Colorado invites you to get involved in their annual leadership program for young adults ( 21- 30 ). The deadline is Friday, February 19th, 2016. See below for more information . . . KACFC LP Application

2016 Sister Cities Innovation Award for Economic Development

International Sister Cities has just announced the 2016 Sister Cities Innovation Award for Economic Development which is an award that recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation: Read more . . .

2nd Annual Cultural Celebration Day

Aurora Welcome Center welcomes you to celebrate people from all around the world on Saturday, July 9th from 10AM to 1 PM at 1085 Peoria Street in Aurora. AWC Full Page Flyer

Program Assistant

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016 Aurora Sister Cities International is currently hiring for a part-time Program Assistant! Click below for the job description and important application deadlines : Job Description

Meet the Board : Gary Wheat

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016. Serving 16 years in the tourism industry, Gary Wheat became the first President/CEO of Visit Aurora in 2010. The new destination marketing organization was his second start up as a CEO. In just over five years, Gary and Visit Aurora have been recognized with two national awards as well as increasing […]

Global Ambassador of the Month :

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 Fatema Amin is a hard-working mother and student at Aurora Community College who is dedicated to her family and community. Over the last fifteen years she had taken on various customer service positions, first in retail then as a make-up artist. She currently works full-time as a on-campus intern and volunteers her time with Aurora Sister Cities International. Before moving […]

Sister Cities International Announces 2016 Young Artist and Author Winners

Sister Cities International announces 2016 Young Artists and Authors Showcase Winners from around globe who express their vision for a more peaceful world through original artwork and literature!

Welcoming Loudi City, China to Aurora

On Friday June 17, 2016 Aurora Sister Cities International was honored to host guests from Loudi City, Hunan Province, People’s Republic of China. The group, which participated in a larger delegation led by Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade, met with Aurora Mayor Stephen D. Hogan; participated in virtual tours of the city […]

Congratulations, Denver Sister Cities International!

Congratulations to our big sister organization Denver Sister Cities International for being named “Best Overall Program” at this year’s SCI conference!

Summer in the City

Aurora is growing and so are the activities in the area! Aurora’s city parks, recreation and open space department invites you to enjoy the third annual Summer in the City program, a free event from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Wednesday! Activities include soccer, gymnastics, pickle ball, golf driving practice into the mouth of a giant […]

Cultural Event : Let’s Do Korea!

Join us for a unique Korean experience made possible by The National Association for Korean Schools on July 15-16th from 9 AM to 5 PM :

How Trade Made America Great

History has proven that business trading has led to more jobs and prosperity for all. In today’s age, American’s have the ability to travel more extensively for work and pleasure, as a result trading occurs more frequently. With accessibility to the internet, trading has never made life so easy. For more, read…

Global Ambassador of the Month: Peter S. Lee

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016. Peter Seung-woo Lee has volunteered with the Seongnam City Sister Committee since September 2015. He got involved with Aurora Sister Cities International to contribute to the economic and cultural growth and prosperity of both Aurora and Seongnam City. Peter has also participated in the Adama Sister City Committee meetings with the Colorado Ethiopian […]

Media Watch: Mayor Hogan’s visit to El Salvador

Monday, May 30th, 2016. Watch the news coverage of Mayor Hogan’s recent visit to El Salvador for possibly establishing a new sister city relationship. Chris Savan, ASCI board member, also joined the Mayor on this trip.

A Mosaic of Cultures Opening Reception Highlights

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016. Thursday night’s opening reception of the exhibit A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities was a great success. In attendance were Mayor Steve Hogan and his wife Becky Hogan, ASCI board members, and many individuals from the local Ethiopian community. Mayor Steve Hogan recalled the official visit to Aurora’s sister city, […]

Thank you, Konjo Catering!

Thursday, May 12th, 2016. Thank you to Konjo Catering for providing food for tonight’s opening reception of the Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities exhibit at the Aurora History Museum. Remember them for your Ethiopian food catering needs!

Media Watch: A Mosaic of Cultures Exhibit

Thursday, May 12th, 2016. The Aurora Sentinel has featured an excellent story about the Mosaic of Cultures Exhibit ongoing at the Aurora History Museum. The story includes interviews with MaryJane Valade, curator at the museum; Karlyn Shorb, CEO of ASCI and Haileyesus Zeryihun, an Ethiopian native living in Aurora. The exhibit is free through September 11th, 2016. […]

CANCELED: The Great Run

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016. Unfortunately, we are canceling our fundraising run, The Great Run which was scheduled for May 21, 2016. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Refunds will be issued to all registrants. Please contact Stephan Andrade for refunds: 303-674-1561.

Global Ambassador of the Month: Young C. Lim

Thursday, April 28th, 2016. Young C. Lim has been an active member of the South Korea Planning Committee since September 2015. He is a retired pharmacist who continues to work in the healthcare industry. Young hails from Seoul, South Korea and has called Colorado his home for the past thirty five years. His desire to give back […]

Thank You to Our Seongnam City Delegation Sponsors

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016. Aurora Sister Cities International is very grateful for the support of all the sponsors of the Seongnam City Delegation. Our Galaxy Sponsors Our Globe Sponsors       Our Hemisphere Sponsors Aspen Dental Laboratory. Young Lim and Sue Lim. Our Country Sponsors Axiom. The Pachner Company. Our Media Sponsors Korea Weekly […]

Seongnam City Delegation Visit a Huge Success!

Monday, April 4th, 2016. We are very happy and proud to announce that we successfully hosted our esteemed guests from Seongnam City. From the tours of Buckley Air Force Base, the Anschutz Medical Campus, the Fitzsimons Innovation Campus, the Aurora Municipal Center, the Police/Fire Public Safety Training Facility, Visit Aurora, Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation to […]

Colorado Sister Cities Organizations featured in Asian Avenue Magazine’s Cover Story

Monday, March 7th, 2016. This month’s issue of Asian Avenue Magazine features Aurora Sister Cities International and Denver Sister Cities International. The article highlights the various sister cities of Aurora and Denver and how the relationships have helped in international exchanges. Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan was interviewed for the article and provided insight into his […]

Keith Luse on South Korea, North Korea and the Politics of Reunification

Thursday, February 18th, 2016. Aurora Sister Cities International partnered with WorldDenver and the Community College of Aurora to host Mr. Keith Luse, Executive Director of the National Committee on North Korea. Mr. Luse spoke about his experiences in North Korea and the politics of reunification with South Korea. He also spoke about the misrepresentation of […]

Lee, Myers & O’Connell Rice Drive a Success!

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016. Despite yesterday’s snow storm, volunteers at the Law Offices of Lee, Myers & O’Connell were able to help 400 members of the local community by handing out packages of rice and noodles. Our youngest volunteer, Hanbi helped hand out packages of noodles, calendars and candies. Here are some photos from the rice drive.  

A Mosaic of Cultures: Aurora’s Ethiopian Communities

Join us May 3- Sept. 11, 2016!  Aurora is home to a vibrant Ethiopian population, comprised of people from diverse ethnic, linguistic and religious backgrounds. With their varied cultures, differing identities and many contributions these communities have impacted Aurora in numerous ways. Please join the Aurora History Museum and Aurora Sister Cities International from May […]

Seongnam City Delegation Arriving Soon

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016. We are very excited to announce that ASCI will host a delegation on March 28-30, 2016 from Seongnam City, Aurora’s sister city in South Korea.  The delegation will consist of the Mayor of Seongnam city, Seongnam City staff, and members of the private sector seeking to partner with U.S. companies or investors […]

The Great Run: Seeking Sponsors and Volunteers

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016. We are seeking sponsors and volunteers to support us at The Great Run. The Great Run is a family-friendly run/walk aimed at bringing together and introducing our Ethiopian community around the Aurora/Denver metropolitan area. What better way to support the community, while giving the gift of health, than to sign up […]

Introducing the First Natural Helpers Training

Thursday, January 21st, 2016. Our partner The Office of International and Immigrant Affairs and the Aurora Welcome Center are pleased to announce the first free training to be held here in Aurora next month. “Natural Helpers are volunteers from the local community who have the desire to help their fellow immigrants and refugees in the process […]

Get Youth Involved with Sister Cities International’s Young Artists & Authors Showcase

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 Youth in Sister Cities International member cities and their international partner cities are encouraged to submit artwork, essays, poems, short films, and photography (our new category in 2016) inspired by what this year’s theme, “Peace through People,” means to them. Young artists, authors, filmmakers, and photographers from around the world are […]

ASCI’s Year in Review

Thursday, December 31st, 2015 We had a wonderful and busy 2015. Our new CEO, Karlyn K. Shorb helped revitalize ASCI and provided a renewed growth in building relationships in the Aurora community. We had hundreds of volunteers help us fundraise and participate in our program activities. Here is a list of the significant activities and other […]

Meet Matt Hawkins, An Aurora Sister Cities Global Ambassador

November 24, 2015. Aurora’s Matt Hawkins is someone to admire. A senior at Aurora’s Smoky Hill High School, he is bright, engaging and focused, with concrete goals and aspirations for the future. Positive civic engagement is also important to Matt, and is something he practices in many different areas of his life. Matt has been […]

The Mission of Councilwoman Molly Markert

November 16, 2015. Exiting councilwoman Molly Markert – who is leaving the Aurora City Council after 12 years – has a new mission: delivering eye glasses for the people of Adama, Ethiopia, Aurora’s sister city. Since visiting Adama earlier this year and noting the acute lack of eyewear, Markert has been collecting donations of glasses, […]

City of Aurora’s Strategic Approach to Immigration

October 29, 2015. The city of Aurora has unveiled its Comprehensive Strategic Plan, designed to better deal with immigrant affairs, and to more effectively integrate people from the 140 countries that compose Aurora. Encompassing the years of 2015 through 2018, the plan calls for providing civics and small business training, engaging in outreach through sports […]

New Nonprofit Partner

November 12, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) is happy to welcome Global Chamber® Denver as a new nonprofit partner! ASCI is looking forward to future collaborations and would like to thank the Global Chamber® for its valuable and gracious support! Make sure to check out the organization’s website and follow it on Facebook.

U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference

November 4, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) Executive Director Karlyn Shorb and ASCI board member Tina Ye attended the U.S.-China Sister Cities Conference, which took place in Chicago during October 22-23. The conference offered ample opportunities for valuable networking, which Shorb and Ye took advantage of by connecting with Mr. Xie Yuan, Vice President, […]

New Nonprofit Partner

November 2, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) is happy to welcome ECDC’s African Community Center as a new nonprofit partner! ASCI is looking forward to future collaborations and would like to thank the African Community Center for its valuable and gracious support! Make sure to check out the center’s website.

Aurora’s Public Library is a Great Resource for Immigrants

October 5, 2015. Aurora’s public library system is different things to different people. However, for Aurora resident and library employee Nebeyou Nunamo, the city’s libraries have been deeply meaningful, both in a personal and professional sense. After moving to Aurora in 2011, Nunamo became a fixture at Aurora’s central library. There, he used the computers […]

Indianapolis Public Library Forms Sister City Partnership

September 30, 2015. This year, the Indianapolis Public Library system formed a strategic partnership with its city’s sister cities program. Over the course of several months these institutions laid the groundwork for successful collaborations with eight international cities that are part of Indianapolis’s sister cities network. Despite language barriers, this led to a number of […]

Meet Ruth Toliver, Colorado’s Global Ambassador

September 28, 2015. Arvada’s Ruth Toliver is a prime example of an engaged, globally-minded citizen. At 87, Ruth spends her time and her talents on assisting Colorado’s diverse, international community. From teaching English as a second language, to assisting local nonprofits, Ruth is an inspiring fixture in the Denver metro-area. She is one of the […]

New Nonprofit Partner

September 15, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) is happy to welcome Korean American Community Foundation of Colorado (KACFC) as a new nonprofit partner! ASCI is looking forward to future collaborations and would like to thank KACFC for its support!

Mayor Hogan and Karlyn Shorb Interview with Colorado Business Roundtable

September 3, 2015. Last week, Aurora Mayor Steve Hogan and Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) Executive Director Karlyn Shorb appeared on “Connect and Collaborate,” a radio program put on by Colorado Business Roundtable. Among the issues discussed were how ASCI benefits the Aurora community by growing its international presence, and how it has the potential […]

Karadah Project Fundraiser

August 31, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International is proud to showcase the efforts of other nonprofits doing important work in their communities and around the world. One such organization is The Karadah Project International, which is currently in the process of helping to raise funds for Iraqis displaced by regional violence. For those interested in […]

Global Fest 2015: News and Updates

August 17, 2015. Aurora’s second annual Global Fest is fast approaching, and Aurora Sister Cities International will be at the festival selling traditional Ethiopian coffee and popcorn. All proceeds from sales will go to support Aurora’s sister city relationship with Adama, Ethiopia. This is a great way to enjoy delicious, local treats while also supporting […]

Aurora Sister Cities at 59th Annual SCI Conference

August 14, 2015. This July, Aurora Sister Cities International took part in the 59th annual Sister Cities International (SCI) conference. The conference brought together over 400 volunteers, mayors, governors and citizen diplomats from all over the world, offering the chance for networking and socializing. It also provided educational workshops designed to give sister cities programs […]

Global STEM Alliance Imagining Tomorrow Challenge

Our parent organization Sister Cities International is partnering with the Global STEM Alliance of the New York Academy of Sciences and Sqore to challenge middle and high school students from around the world to take the lead in solving water issues in their communities. While participating in the 60-day challenge period, participants will have the […]

We’re on iGive!

From today, you can donate to Aurora Sister Cities International by shopping or searching through Download the iGive button on your browser, select us as your cause and shop away! supports us with a percentage of your online shopping. It’s totally free for you! Join by clicking here. We greatly appreciate all your support!

Aurora Sister Cities Featured on Colorado and Company

JULY 16, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International has been featured on Channel 9’s local, magazine-style show Colorado and Company. Make sure to check out the video, which features Executive Director Karlyn Shorb discussing the work of Aurora Sister Cities with show host Denise Plante: Colorado and Company – Aurora Sister Cities.

Thank You Community Partners!

JUNE 30, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International would like to thank its community partners for helping bring to fruition its Book Drive for Ethiopia. The book drive is designed to benefit three schools and a group of 76 orphans in Adama, Ethiopia–Aurora’s sister city. Partners who generously supported the drive include: Aurora-Adama Sister City Committee […]

Aurora Sister Cities International TV Portal

JUNE 26, 2015. Aurora Sister Cities International (ASCI) now has its very own TV portal, hosted by Aurora TV. Visitors to the ASCI portal will be able to watch videos related to the work of the organization, including its trip to Sister City Adama, Ethiopia earlier in 2015. Check it out here:    

Aurora History Museum – July Events

PARTNER EVENT. July 15 & July 19, 2015. This July, Aurora History Museum will be hosting a number of great events that are either low cost or completely free! On July 15, the museum will host a very special presentation entitled, “Picture Me Here: Digital Storytelling by Refugees.” Then on June 19, the museum will […]

International Roundtable Meetings

JUNE 26, 2015. Did you know that the city of Aurora hosts an International Roundtable every month?  The purpose of Aurora’s International Roundtable is to allow members of Aurora’s international community to come together and work towards providing city-wide cultural experiences.  This is an open forum for any and all interested Aurora residents. International Roundtable […]

Our Newest Partner

JUNE 24, 2015. The Colorado Association of Libraries (CAL) is Aurora Sister Cities International’s newest non-profit partner! The Colorado Association of Libraries is a volunteer-run chapter of the American Library Association, which strives to present a unified voice for the state’s library community. The association has several key focuses, which include: supporting intellectual freedom; pursuing […]

Book Drive for Ethiopia Launches

June 18, 2015.  Aurora Sister Cities International successfully launched its book drive beginning June 15th.  We still need books and will run the drive until July 18, 2015.  We also seek donations as we must raise $6000 to ship the books to three schools and a library in Adama, Ethiopia–our newest sister city. INTERESTED IN […]

3rd Annual Taste of Ethiopia

The 3rd Annual Taste of Ethiopia is coming to Denver this summer, and will take place on August 2nd, 2015 at the Parkfield Lake Park Amphitheatere. Free and open to the public, Taste of Ethiopia includes not just food and drink, but opportunities for visitors to experience cultural performances and a variety of different vendors. […]

African Children’s and Parent’s Day

Beginning September 18, 2015, the city of Aurora will house a very special three day event–the African Children’s and Parent’s Day.  this is a three day event endorsed by Aurora Sister Cities international, the African Community Center, the Colorado African Organization, the Africa Leadership Group, and a number of other local organizations.  For more information, […]

Photo Exhibit at City Hall

May 26, 2015.  Aurora Sister Cities International, with the support of the city of Aurora, is hosting a photo and cultural exhibit in City Hall (15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, Colorado 80011) highlighting our recent delegation to our sister city of Adama, Ethiopia.  The exhibit will run through the end of June and will rotate […]

Save the Date: Aurora’s 2nd Annual GlobalFest

Save the date for the city of Aurora’s 2nd Annual GlobalFest!

Aurora home to this year’s AESAONE soccer tournament

May 20, 2015.  Aurora, Colorado will be home to this year’s Pan-Ethiopian AESAONE soccer tournament.  The event will take place June 28 through July 4, 2015 at the William C. Hinkley High School stadium.  See more information below or visit their web-site at:

Book Drive for Ethiopia- Volunteers Needed

Aurora Sister Cities International is seeking volunteers for its upcoming book drive to benefit three schools and a group of 76 orphans in Adama, Ethiopia–Aurora’s first new sister city. Make a difference in the lives of children who are growing and learning in Adama, Ethiopia—Aurora’s newest sister city. Aurora Sister Cities International needs volunteers to […]

CCA’s Model UN Team Explains Connection to Aurora’s Sister City of Adama

May 8, 2015.  A Community College of Aurora piece covering its Model United Nations team’s success at the world competition explains the connection between the team’s decision to request Ethiopia as the country to represent in the United Nations simulation and Aurora’s newest sister city in Ethiopia.  Aurora boasts the largest number of Ethiopian-born residents […]

Mayor Hogan Visits Seongnam, South Korea

Pictures from Mayor Hogan’s visit to our sister city of Seongnam, South Korea. Thank you Mayor Jae-myeong Lee for you and your staff’s gracious hospitality!

Aurora Sister Cities International’s Newest Partner

May 6, 2015. The Aurora History Museum is Aurora Sister Cities International’s newest nonprofit partner! As part of the collaboration, the Aurora History Museum has collaborated with Aurora Sister Cities International to launch a photographic and cultural exhibit in the Aurora Municipal Center which will feature photos and cultural items from our recent delegation visit […]

Mayor Steve Hogan to travel to Seongnam City

May 4, 2015. Mayor Steve Hogan will be visiting Aurora’s sister city of Seongnam City, South Korea from May 4, 2015 through May 8, 2015.The purpose of the visit is to re-establish ties and begin discussion of a trade and tourism mission to Seongnam City in the fall.

Aurora Sentinel Covers ASCI Trip to Adama, Ethiopia

February 13, 2015. The Aurora Sentinel has written an excellent article covering Aurora Sister Cities International’s February trip to Adama – which in 2014 became Aurora’s first new Sister City since 1992. The piece provides a summary of the trip’s itinerary, in addition to outlining the goals at the heart of the partnership between the […]

First new sister city

Aurora City Council has approved our proposed first new sister city with Adama, Ethiopia. We kick off this exciting new initiative in August when we welcome a delegation from Adama when we will host an official signing ceremony on stage during Global Fest on August 23. Now is the time to join and become involved […]