In July, six La Cañada Flintridge youth will travel to Washington, D.C. to represent the community at the 60th Annual Conference of the Sister Cities International Youth Leadership Summit. Sister Cities International was started during the Eisenhower Administration to encourage citizen diplomacy by forging bonds between people from different cultures around the world. The Youth Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. provides students ages 14-18 an opportunity to interact with students from across the globe and serve as ambassadors for their community. The students are Amr Eissa, St. Francis High School, 10th grade; Courtney Johnson, Flintridge Preparatory, ninth grade; Lenny Pieroni, St. Francis High School, 10th grade; Kelly Steele, La Cañada High School, 10th grade; Luke Stefan, La Cañada High School, 11th grade; Naomi Stephen, La Cañada High School, 10th grade. The Sister Cities program is new to La Cañada Flintridge. The City has allocated $2,500 to fund the start-up cost of the LCF Sister Cities Organization, and an additional $1,000 toward the expenses associated with sending the students to Washington, D.C. Mayor Jonathan Curtis said, “These students represent the best and the brightest of our community and will serve as wonderful ambassadors for us at the Conference. I am so happy to see the youth engaging in civic leadership.” For more information on the La Cañada Flintridge Sister Cities Association, visit www.lcfsistercities.org.