Travel the World as a Southlake Sister Cities Youth Ambassador

Serving as an SSC youth ambassador gives Southlake and CISD students a unique opportunity for global friendship, cultural exploration and a life-changing experience.

Southlake Sister Cities has opened the application process for the 2019 student exchange trips to our sister cities in Japan and China.

SSC youth ambassadors will represent the City of Southlake in one of our two Friendship Cities: Suzhou, Wuzhong District, China and Tome, Japan. The youth ambassadors and City-appointed chaperones are immersed in a cultural experience while living with host families and enjoying a variety of activities planned by the City, schools and their hosts. In 2018, SSC sent 18 Carroll ISD students on the trips—be sure to check out the videos they made of their experiences in China and Japan!

2019 Youth Ambassadors to Wuzhong, China

Trip Dates: March 9 – March 17, 2019
Application Deadline: November 1, 2018
Eligibility: Southlake Sister Cities members ages 14–18

Participants must hold a valid Chinese visa on arrival. Visas will be processed by SSC for individuals who do not have one.

2019 Youth Ambassadors to Tome, Japan

Trip Dates: June 3 – June 10, 2019
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Eligibility: Southlake Sister Cities members ages 13–18

Sister Cities International is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation, one individual, one community at a time.”

For more information about the Southlake Sister Cities Youth Ambassador Program or application process, please contact Katy Hintze.

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Southlake City Council Adopts Youth Master Plan Ordinance

Southlake City Council adopted the 2035 Youth Master Plan at the September 4 Council meeting. This new master plan element recognizes the importance of investing in the younger generations and their role in the City’s future.

The purpose of the Youth Master Plan is to establish clear goals and priorities for the next several years related to building up and encouraging youth in the community.

“The Youth Master Plan is a brand new element in the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan that was developed by the community’s youth and provides recommendations to strengthen a number of existing youth-related programs as well as provides many recommendations related to leadership, community engagement, health & wellness, and volunteerism” said Senior Planning and Development Services Director Ken Baker.

In total, there are twenty-one (21) recommendations in the Youth Master Plan. Grouped by the categories listed above, these recommendations speak to involving the community’s youth in the policy and decision-making process, expanding library programming, promoting safety and security, as well as health and wellness programs, and even working to expand volunteer opportunities for the youth. A major takeaway from this plan is that the City should actively seek the youth perspective when developing certain master plan elements, expanding youth programming, and ensuring the City does what it can to foster an environment where youth have opportunities to build leadership and job skills, and remain or become engaged stakeholders in their community.

The plan underscores that to successfully implement the developed recommendations it is critically important to maintain a strong partnership with our citizens and continuously identify opportunities to engage our corporate citizens and various community groups.

To ensure adequate representation and feedback from the community’s youth, City Council appointed the Southlake Youth Action Commission (SYAC) to develop this plan. City staff also held meetings with the Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership (SKIL) and the Community Engagement Committee (CEC) between October 2017 and March 2018. All three committees participated in surveys, tabletop exercises and discussions that provided invaluable insight in the development of this plan, particularly in regard to furthering youth engagement in Southlake.

If you have any questions regarding the Youth Master Plan please contact the Planning and Development Services Department at (817) 748-8621 or visit our city website.

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Registration Is Open for Winter Youth Basketball

Register as an individual or team by October 26, 2018.

The City of Southlake offers a recreational league for individual players as well as a more competitive league for pre-formed teams.

Individual Registration

Ages: 6 – 12 (As of September 1, 2018)
Cost: $85 per player

This recreational league is designed for individual players. Players will be drafted to teams by the City of Southlake, and coaches are required to play each player according to league rules.

Registration Closes: October 26
Coaches Meeting: November 13
Practices Begin: Week of November 26
Season Dates: December 1 – February 9
(No practices or games December 24 – January 5)
League Tournament: February 11 – 16

Click on an age division below to register as an individual player.

8 & Under: Boys
10 & Under: Boys
12 & Under: Boys

8 & Under: Girls
10 & Under: Girls
12 & Under: Girls

5 & 6: Co-ed

Parent Volunteer Coaches Needed!
Please indicate on the registration form if you are interested in coaching. To submit a background check online, visit volunteersouthlake.com.

Team Registration

Divisions: 8U, 10U, 12U, 14U, 16U & 18U
(Age as of September 1, 2018)
Cost: $545 per team

Register as a team and compete against other formed teams in this more competitive recreational league. Coaches in this league are given more freedom to manage their teams with no minimum playing rules. All teams will play an 8-game season and top teams will advance to the playoffs. Teams must provide their own coach and uniforms, please register under head coaches name.

Rosters and birth certificates are due at the coaches meeting on November 14. Blank rosters can be found on Southlake’s TeamSideline page.

Registration Closes: October 26
Coaches Meeting: November 13
Practices Begin: Week of November 26
Season Dates: December 1 – February 9
(No practices or games December 24 – January 5)
League Tournament: February 11 – 16

8 & Under (Teams): BoysBoy making a jump shot in basketball game
10 & Under (Teams): Boys
12 & Under (Teams): Boys
14 & Under (Teams): Boys
16 & Under (Teams): Boys
18 & Under (Teams): Boys

8 & Under (Teams): Girls
10 & Under (Teams): Girls
12 & Under (Teams): Girls
14 & Under (Teams): Girls
16 & Under (Teams): Girls
18 & Under (Teams): Girls

If you have any questions, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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Youth can apply for Sister Cities exchange trips

Since 1985, Fort Worth Sister Cities has provided international youth trips and exchanges to help students develop deeper cross-cultural mindsets. In 2019, youth exchanges are planned for Budapest, Hungary; Reggio Emilia, Italy; Toluca, Mexico; Trier, Germany; Nîmes, France; Bandung, Indonesia; and Nagaoka, Japan.

Students who are selected will:

  • Participate in a U.S. State Department-recognized program.
  • Meet city officials in both Fort Worth and the Sister City.
  • Volunteer on projects emphasizing global community service.
  • Share Texas culture and promote Fort Worth to the world.
  • Explore and gain an understanding of different cultures while making lifelong friendships.

Deadline to apply for the 2019 trips is Oct. 19. Scholarships are available.

To learn more, contact Beth Weibel at 817-632-7100.

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Register Now for Fall Youth Volleyball

Individual registration for our girls volleyball league (ages 6–12) closes Friday, August 24.

In this league, coaches use a set rotation to ensure that all players receive equal playing time. Every effort will be made to honor coach and player requests, but requests are not guaranteed. Registration is $70 per player and includes a league jersey. Teams will be provided a designated space for a one-hour practice each week.

We are in need of volunteer coaches! Please indicate on the registration form if you’re interested. All coaches must pass a formal background check, which can be found at VolunteerSouthlake.com.

SEASON DATES AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Registration Closes: August 24
Cost: $70 per Player
Coaches Meeting: August 30
Practices Begin: Week of September 10
Season Dates: September 17 – November 5
League Tournament: November 5 – 10

Individual players can register online or in person at Southlake Town Hall (1400 Main Street, Suite 210).

Cancellation Policy: Programs that do not meet minimum registration requirements two business days prior to their scheduled start time will be canceled.

If you have any questions, contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at (817) 748-8019.

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Sister Cities youth athletes represent Fort Worth and the US

Nearly 80 student-athletes and coaches returned from a week of competition at the Tricolore Youth Sports Games in Reggio Emilia, Italy, where they won three gold and one bronze medal in baseball and volleyball.

The athletes and coaches will be recognized at the Fort Worth City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 14.

The sports ambassadors competed and lived in an Olympic-style village with student-athletes from 30 other countries. The games offered a chance for the athletes to convey a positive impression of American youth to delegates from around the world.

“The programs sponsored by Sister Cities have a broad appeal offering of international experiences you can’t get as casual tourists,” said Sister Cities Sports Games chair Michael Jacobsson. “The student-athletes will remember this trip for the rest of their lives.”

The Tricolore Games are held every four years in Reggio Emilia, Italy, which is one of Fort Worth’s sister cities. Fort Worth was the only U.S. city invited to participate.

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PD hoops it up with Fort Worth youth

Fort Worth police officers, alongside a faithful crew of dedicated volunteers, continue to find ways to create experiences that promote positive educational outcomes, cultural diversity and personal growth for local youth.

For the third consecutive year, the Code Blue After Dark-Basketball League has allowed officers to reach out to communities through basketball. On Saturday evenings from June through August, neighbors gather at O.D. Wyatt High School’s gym to watch members of the community showcase their talents on the hardwood. Code Blue After Dark and the officers who facilitate the program provide a family-friendly and safe environment that serves as an alternative for kids who might otherwise be hanging out on the streets.

Officers encourage community involvement through positive interactions with the members of the police department. And the officers assigned to Code Blue After Dark can hang in there when they hit the court!

Although basketball is the primary tool used to reach people, Sgt. Chris Britt said this program serves as more than a summer evening basketball league. It is a major step in the process of enhancing the sense of procedural justice in communities of color, and it helps the police department develop opportunities like connecting felons to job opportunities or educating them about programs critical to destroying the pipeline to poverty, like warrant forgiveness.

The program also partners with the Fort Worth Police Athletic League (FWPAL) to add a youth mentoring element, basketball skills clinics and camps for kids.

Earlier this year, the FWPAL and the Code Blue After Dark Basketball League hosted 30 young people at a Dallas Mavericks game at American Airlines Center. The experience was as impactful to the adults as it was for the kids — it highlighted the need for mentoring and community involvement and motivated more adults to play active roles in the future of Fort Worth’s children.

Fort Worth officers plan to offer future college visits, job fairs, trips to museums and sporting events. These activities will be available to young people who otherwise might not be able to afford them.

In August, the Code Blue After Dark Basketball League will sponsor the 2018 Mayor’s Back to School Basketball Showcase. This event features the extraordinary talents of youth from across the city and FWISD schools. And there’s an added value: ensuring students have all the school supplies they need to start the upcoming school year.

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Beat the Heat with Southlake’s July Youth Camps

North Texas will be feeling the heat this July, but Southlake Parks and Recreation is keeping things cool with summer camps for kids of all ages.

Whether you have a little artist who wants to paint a masterpiece or a future programmer who wants to build a one-of-a-kind video game, we’ve got you covered. Check out all of the awesome camps we’re offering this July!

Athletics & Recreation

Beginner Basketball Camp
Date: July 9 – 12  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this all-skills camp, players ages 5–7 will master dribbling, passing and other basketball basics through various drills and scrimmages. Cost: $98. Click here to register.

TGA Premier Jr. Golf Camp
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
This all-skills camp helps golfers ages 6–16 build confidence while improving their game. All equipment is provided. Cost: $225. Click here to register.

Volleyball Camp
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 9 – 11 a.m.
In this all-skills camp, players ages 8–16 will hone their volleyball skills in fun games, drills and scrimmages. Cost: $99. Click here to register.

Basketball Tech Camp
Date: July 23 – 26  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
All levels and abilities are welcome in this more advanced and competitive basketball camp for ages 6–12. Cost: $98. Click here to register.

Tennis Camps
The Southlake Tennis Center offers a variety of camps throughout the summer.
Click here to learn more and register.

Arts & Education

Glamour Girls
Date: July 9 – 13  Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Instructors will teach kids ages 5–12 how to make their very own beauty products, from shimmery lip balm to fizzy bath bombs. Cost: $150. Click here to register.

Lego Brixology Engineers
Date: July 9 – 13  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Future engineers ages 6–10 will build Lego projects inspired by a variety of engineering fields: mechanical, aerospace, bioengineering and more! Cost: $165. Click here to register.

Digital Game Development
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
Campers ages 7–10 will create their own video game complete with animated characters, custom backgrounds and cool sound effects. Cost: $185. Click here to register.

Chess Wizards Summer Camp
Date: July 16 – 20  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Chess Wizards is a premier chess education camp that teaches players ages 5–14 strategy as well as sportsmanship. Cost: $200. Click here to register.

Wild About Weather
Date: July 23 – 26  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Fox 4’s Chief Meteorologist Dan Henry will lead campers ages 7–11 as they perform experiments and deliver their own weather reports. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Designing Dolls
Date: July 23 – 27  Time: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this camp, kids ages 5–12 will learn how to make a one-of-a-kind doll. Campers will design the hair, paint the face and even sew the clothing! Cost: $150. Click here to register.

Fusion Gaming
Date: July 23 – 27  Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
In this in-depth coding class, kids ages 8–14 will design and code a complex 3-level game with unique characters, sound effects and more. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Fusion Gaming Junior
Date: July 23 – 27  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In this introductory course, campers ages 5–7 will strengthen their computer skills by coding their very own game using basic game design. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Lego Animation
Date: July 30 – August 3  Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This camp teaches kids ages 8–14 how to build sets, record voiceovers and edit stills for their own stop-motion animation movie. Cost: $175. Click here to register.

Adventures in Art Camp
Date: July 30 – August 2  Time: 2 – 4:45 p.m.
Artists ages 6–13 will create masterpieces in multiple mediums while learning fine art principles. All supplies are provided. Cost: $150. Click here to register.

You can register for all of these camps online or in person at Southlake Town Hall (1400 Main Street, Suite 210). Popular camps fill quickly, so be sure to register early! Camps that do not meet minimum registration requirements two business days prior to their scheduled start date will be canceled.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Southlake Community Services at 817-748-8019.

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Get Creative and Learn Something New in Southlake’s Summer Youth Programs

Our summer programs give kids of all ages the opportunity to unleash their creativity, make new friends and have a blast while school’s out.

Kreative Kids

Imagine the fun your little artist will have creating his or her own masterpieces! Crafts include Father’s Day gifts, birdhouse bird feeders, Fourth of July placemats, Mason jar vases and more.

Dates: June 11 – July 1
Time: Mondays, 2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Registration: $75
Ages: 4–8
Click here to register

Lil’ Chefs

Lil’ Chefs is a hands-on, creative class where chefs-in-training will learn to mix, measure, decorate and taste. Recipes include beach cupcakes, firecracker cookies, pirate party snacks, octopus hot dogs, pizza quesadillas, summer fun shakes and much more!

Dates: June 11 – July 1
Time: Mondays, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Registration: $75
Ages: 4–8
Click here to register

Youth Safety Tools

This class teaches kids how to be observant of their surroundings and make wise, safe decisions. Kids ages 7-12 will learn how to stay safe while walking to school, interacting with strangers, dealing with bullies and so much more. We’ll even cover best practices in technology, from using the internet and social media to identifying programs that are bad for your devices.

Date: Saturday, June 16
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration: $59
Ages: 7–12
Click here to register

You can register for all of these programs online or in person at Southlake Town Hall (1400 Main Street, Suite 210). For more information, please contact Southlake Parks and Recreation at 817-748-8019.

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Southlake’s Youth Leadership honored for their S.K.I.L.’s

Yesterday evening on May 17, City leaders, Carroll Independent School District trustees, local business leaders and parents gathered to recognize this past year’s youth leadership graduates at the 3rd Annual S.K.I.L. (Southlake Kids Interested in Leadership) Awards Reception.

The reception has been a way to honor these student leaders’ success during the academic year and recognize all of those that have contributed to the program, and this year was no different. Southlake Mayor Laura Hill expressed her gratitude to all of the students for their commitment to the program and the value of good leadership.

The reception provided an opportunity for parents to meet with all the contributors to the program and what role they provided. “Without the contributions of the school district, the City, the Chamber of Commerce and all of our business partners, this program would not be possible,” said Daniel Cortez, the City of Southlake staff liaison to the program.

The evening reception concluded with the Southlake Chamber of Commerce giving special recognition to S.K.I.L. student Logan Reid who demonstrated a positive attitude and tremendous growth in her leadership skills over the last year and was awarded a scholarship towards her college education.

The youth leadership program, created in partnership between the City of Southlake, the Carroll Independent School District and the Southlake Chamber of Commerce, will continue into its 4th year beginning in the Fall of 2018 when the next generation of S.K.I.L. students enter their junior year at Carroll Senior High School.

You can learn more about the S.K.I.L. program and how you can contribute here.

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