2017 Houston-Chiba Youth Ambassador Exchange Program

From August 13-24, 2017, five (5) middle school students representing Houston's sister city of Chiba, Japan, traveled to Houston to help mark the 45th year of the Houston-Chiba Sister City relationship and the 35th year of the Houston-Chiba Sister City Youth Ambassador Program.

The Chiba Youth Ambassadors -- Shunsuke, Ayami, Yuko, Rio, and Yui, along with chaperone Megumi -- were welcomed by River Oaks Baptist School Ambassadors -- Mitchell, Peyton, Lily, Hannah, and Cameron -- and their families.

Students visited Houston landmarks such as Battleship Texas and the Museum of Natural Science, toured one of the largest factories in the U.S., spent a week in classes in an American school, and even met Houston celebrities along the way.  Thank you, Mayor Turner and Dallas Keuchel!

Unfortunately Hurricane Harvey cut the program short; however, lasting memories were made and lasting friendships were forged.

Special thanks go to River Oaks Baptist School for making the experience a special one for our friends from Chiba.