2019 Youth Exchange Ambassador Applications are available online from November 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018. Completed applications must be received no later than November 30, 2018. Mail to: City of Denison Sister Cities Program, PO Box 347, Denison, Texas 75021, Attn: Sunny Mackey. The Sister City Concept: City affiliations between the United States and other countries became a national effort when President Eisenhower proposed the People-to-People program at a White House Conference in 1956. To date, 1,200 American cities representing all 50 states have affiliated with 2,100 cities in 143 countries around the world. The objective of the program is to create goodwill and further international understanding at the community level on a continuing, long-term basis. It is not a movement to convert others to our democratic ideals, but rather a way to help learn about the people of other countries, their customs, their similarities as well as differences, and help chart a better road to understanding in the world. The Sister City program provides a vehicle by which cities in the United States can find a forum for this interchange of information, ideas and people through the process of affiliation with cities of similar interests in other countries. The President of the United States has historically been the Honorary Chairman and the program has widespread support from the State Department down to the local City Council.