Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association works on many projects each year; our major efforts are highlighted below. These projects are made possible through generous contributions from individuals and local corporations. If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation, or in volunteering, please contact us.
Seattle Polish Film Festival
SGSCA is proud to produce and present the Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF). SPFF is one of the longest running Polish film festivals in North America and is one of the premier Slavic cultural events in the Seattle area. The Festival is held at SIFF Cinema and features a mix of feature and independent films, as well as personal appearances by Polish directors and actors.
Washington Business Week
SGSCA sponsors four high school students from Gdynia who attend Washington Business Week (WBW) programs. WBW provides high school students with an intense hands-on learning experience regarding the free enterprise economic system. The program runs for one-week intervals from June through August and is followed by home stays with SGSCA member families.
Gdynia Business Week
Based on the success and student demand for Washington Business Week, SGSCA partnered with WBW and the City of Gdynia to present Gdynia Business Week. One hundred Polish students, 10 Seattle-based students and 10 Seattle-based advisors (including volunteers from SGSCA, Boeing Company and the Chehalis Tribes in 2010) converge in Gdynia for a week-long session. During the program students are divided into teams, or companies, of 10 and assigned to a Seattle professional who acts as their advisor. The students learn about teamwork, innovation and best practices, as well as participate in a business model simulation.
In addition to classroom activities, students attend lectures given by prominent figures. Past speakers include: Jerzy Buzek, former Prime Minister of Poland and current President of the European Parliament; Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States; Henryka Bochniarz, President of Boeing Central Europe; and Michal Jaworski, Director of Strategic Development of Microsoft Poland.
This program has received much recognition. In 2010 it was named Best Single Project by the City of Seattle, as well as receiving Sister Cities International’s Innovation: Youth & Education award. City Council has also declared the week the program runs as Gdynia Week in Seattle.