Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit

global ties kc will host a 2017 Diplomacy Begins Here Regional Summit on June 15th at the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City.

More information and Registration Here

Women and girls make up half the world’s population. Yet far too often, their voices and experiences go unheard or unheeded. We will spend the day looking at how social progress and women’s empowerment at a local level has ripple effects throughout the globe. Through conversations and training sessions with internationally renowned speakers, innovators, and Department of State officers, we will shed light on the importance of promoting female leadership and connecting with entrepreneurs from across the world to build a prosperous communities at home and abroad.

We hope you will take advantage of this unique opportunity and join us to learn more about women’s empowerment in today’s global context. Together, we can foster connections and growth in the international exchange community and celebrate the critical role citizen diplomacy programs play in building a more peaceful and prosperous world.

Conference and Dinner Registration Fee: $100.

Interested in sponsoring the event? Find more information here.

Are you a high school or college student interested in International Affairs? A limited number of scholarships are available for students to attend the Summit for free. Apply here.


2017 Summer Youth Programs

This summer, Global Ties KC is offering three separate opportunities to host international students.

Become a host family to forge life-long friendships, learn about new cultures, introduce your own family to international students, meet emerging young leaders making a difference in their community, and strengthen U.S. foreign relations.

Find the host family application HERE

We are an independent non-profit volunteer service organization whose purpose is to improve global understanding and make peace through exchange programs between international leaders and their American counterparts in Kansas and Western Missouri. Global Ties KC promotes citizen diplomacy by person-to-person contacts to help shape United States foreign relations "one handshake at a time."

What We Do

Global Ties KC provides the link between prominent international leaders (including business, government, and non-profit professionals) and their local counterparts.  Through professional meetings, school visits, events, and home hospitality we connect people from around the world with Citizen Diplomats in western Missouri and the state of Kansas.

Types of programs include:

International Visitor Leadership Program: a program funded by the Department of State in hopes of promoting foreign policy through face-to-face interaction. The delegates visit many cities in the United States during their time here, and are in Kansas City for approximately 3-5 days.

Open World:  a program funded by Congress in pursuit of bettering relationships between the former Soviet Union and the United States since 1999. Visitors on this program spend between one and two weeks in Kansas City, living with host families.

Youth Programs: exchange programs aimed at empowering youth throughout the world by providing them with the skills needed to be leaders. These programs require a home stay, and Global Ties KC is always looking for interested community members!

Community Connections: sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development which targets Eurasian countries in hopes of establishing international collaboration.

What is IVLP?

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts.  

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