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Sister Cities

Tamba*, Japan 

Mission: To build greater understanding and awareness through youth and other exchange.


Tamba is an agricultural community located in the Khogo Prefecture, Hansai region north of Kobe. The City of Kent has had a relationship with Tamba for almost 40 years, becoming an official Sister City relationship in 1995. This friendship organization was established initially to promote annual student exchanges. 


*Formerly named Kaibara


Sunnfjord Area, Norway

Mission: Promote goodwill and understanding through cultural, educational and heritage exchanges.


The Sunnfjord area is rich in tradition and culture. The area is home for many artists, handcrafters, folk musicians and dancers. The relationship between Kent and the Sunnfjord area (Kommunes of Forde, Jolster, Naustdal, Gaular) began in 1993, and was formally proclaimed as a sister city relationship in 1996.


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Yangzhou, China

Mission: Enable citizens from around the world to learn about each other through educational, social, cultural and business exchanges.


The ancient city of Yangzhou was settled over 2,400 years ago.  Located northwest of Shanghai in the Yantze River delta, Yangzhou is well known for its fine cuisine, lacquer ware, jade carving, beautiful gardens, lakes and canals. The friendship between Kent and Yangzhou began in 1993 with each city exchanging commemorative garden pavilions. The relationship has continued to grow through the exchange of information and delegations in cultural, economic, educational, and municipal interests.


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Youth Ambassador Exchange Program

 The Kent Sister City committees in China, Japan and Norway each sponsor an annual Youth Ambassador Exchange Program. The purpose of the exchange is to offer greater Kent area high school students opportunities to appreciate and understand the culture of one of our sister cities through a home stay experience for three weeks. The selected Youth Ambassadors will then reciprocate by hosting their host brother or sister for approximately the same length of time in Kent.


Download the application here.


For news, program schedules or general information, contact Cheryl Truzzi at kysccya@gmail.com.