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The mission of the Highland Park Sister Cities Foundation is to bridge cultures and promote goodwill and global peace through educational, cultural, sports, and business exchanges and programs.

​Founded in 1989 by Mayor Dan Pierce, the HPSCF creates opportunities to connect the residents of Highland Park with the people in our Sister Cities.


The whale sculpture, Ballena, by Puerto Vallarta artist Octavio Gonzalez, located in the center of Highland Park was a gift to the people of Highland Park from our Sister City Puerto Vallarta.

About Us



Puerto Vallarta​


In Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Modena is known for balsamic vinegar; Maserati, Ferrari, and Lamborghini sports cars, and also being the home of Luciano Pavarotti. Highland Park has a special relationship with Modena because of our large Modenese population. 

Described as "The Friendliest City in the World" by Travel + Leisure magazine, Puerto Vallarta is known for its beaches, gastronomy, Mexican culture, and the warmth of its people. Our sister city is located on Mexico's Pacific coast on Banderas Bay, surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Located in the Negev Desert,  Yerucham is home to a diverse population representing a microcosm of Israel’s many cultural and ethnic communities. Yerucham is the home to the international generics drug manufacturer Perrigo Co. 




La Desembocada Art Program for Kids

The HPSCF partners with the Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities Committee on DesemocArte, a program that brings art lessons to children in underserved communities.
(Click here to learn more about this program.)


Adult Literacy Project Expanded to Include Young People 

Exciting news! Our Sister Cities Literacy Program, a collaboration with the Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities Committee, is now reaching even more people.

Alongside adults, children and young adults, who previously haven't had access to education, are now part of this empowering initiative. Education is the most important and powerful tool in this world; it's a fundamental right and a gateway to endless possibilities.

Huge thanks to the dedication of our teacher, Magdalena, and our partners at the Puerto Vallarta Sister Cities Committee for making this expansion possible. Together, we're transforming lives and building brighter futures!

Actea-a non for profit in Modena that provides Masterclasses and Competitions for aspiring opera singers around the world

Tae Kwon Do

The HPSCF sponsors self-defense classes in underserved areas of Puerto Vallarta.

(Click here to learn more about this program.)


Student Ambassador Program

This new program connects Highland Park students with their counterparts in Puerto Vallarta to learn about each other's cultures, traditions and daily lives. (Click here to learn more about this program.)

The Highland Park, IL, Sister Cities Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to building bridges between cultures and fostering respect and mutual understanding through educational, cultural, and business programs and exchanges.


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