Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc. was established in 1976 and organized in 1983 as an Indiana corporation, FWSCI, a 501(c)(3) Corporation, is affiliated with Sister Cities International, headquartered in Washington, D.C.
Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc. is working to promote international understanding between the residents of Fort Wayne and the citizens of our Sister Cities: Takaoka, Japan; Plock, Poland; Gera, Germany; and Taizhou, China. We work to promote international understanding between the citizens of Fort Wayne and the citizens of our Sister Cities through the development of personal relationships fostered by frequent student, civic, artistic, and business exchanges.
The Sister Cities committee serves as a vehicle for representatives from the Chambers of Commerce and departments of economic development from all the Sister Cities to participate in exchanges and dialogue for future collaboration. To foster cultural exchanges for young people, Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc. is continually developing its student exchange programs, building upon the importance of maintaining the link between education and global awareness.
Fort Wayne schools have sister-school relationships as well. They are:
- Blackhawk Middle School - Gera Staatiches Regionales Förderzentrum 1
- North Side High School - Gera Zabel Gymnasium
- Northrop High School - Gera Goethe Gymnasium
- Bishop Dwenger High School - Stanislaw Malachowski High School, Bilingual Division (the oldest high school in Poland, established in 1180)
- Canterbury High School – Wladyslaw Jagiello Public High School
- Northside High School - Xinhe High School, Taizhou City, China
- Bishop Luers High School - Takaoka Fushiki School
- Carroll High School – Takaoka Kogei School
- North Side High School - Takaoka Koryo School
- Snider High School - Takaoka Commercial High School
We wish to thank the City of Fort Wayne and Mayor Tom Henry for their significant support in staff, funds and other resources to enable FWSCI to link Fort Wayne with our sister communities. Over the years Mayors Robert Armstrong, Winfield Moses, Paul Helmke, and Graham Richard, along with Mayor Henry, have worked to build international links. Their ongoing support of FWSCI is a key part of that effort.