The World Affairs Council

Education and Access

Reaching more than 2,100 students from more than 80 public, private, parochial and charter schools throughout the Greater Philadelphia region each year, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia's educational legacy has helped to build a growing corps of leaders possessing the critical knowledge, skills and sensibilities necessary to assume the responsibilities of global citizenship. Council programs challenge students to work collaboratively and creatively to problem solve some of the major global challenges of the 21st century.

At the High School Level

The Council's educational programming features large-scale conferences and workshops designed to simulate global forums, including the International Student Summit and Global Economic Forum for high school students. Each of these offers multiple naming opportunities for dedicated corporate sponsorship.

The Summer Leadership Conference is a focused, one-week summer immersion experience that delves deeply into a single topic-- Europe on the Brink: The Migration Crisis and the Future for the European Union--explores multiple angles and exposes students to the breadth and depth of critical reflection and decision making on the topic. This year, the conference will be held at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Conference, open to all rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, will explore how the migration crisis is reshaping Europe—and reverberating around the world. Through guest lectures and interactive workshops, students will examine the perilous journey and difficult situation facing the migrants, as well as the political, economic and social impact of the crisis on the European Union and its 28 member states. Additionally, students will take part in a half-day crisis simulation during which they will role-play the decision-making processes of European leaders. Using online resources, one-on-one negotiation skills and a newly acquired understanding of key issues, players will work together,

Participant Comment

"The World Affairs Council's education programs have been an amazing learning experience for me. They've helped me learn how to communicate better and taught me how to seek out areas of compromise on conflicting ideas."

12th Grade Student, Girard College

Adult Advisor Comment

"In today's world of high-stakes testing and curriculum standardization, the World Affairs Council offers students myriad opportunities for authentic, meaningful learning, truly preparing them for college, careers and civic life."

Faculty Adviser, Lower Moreland High School

At the Middle School Level

The Student Diplomat Program/Jr. Model United Nations for middle school students is recognized as one of the best global citizenship programs in the nation. A five-month journey introducing middle school students from around the Greater Philadelphia area to the world of international relations and cultural diplomacy, with an emphasis on developing students' research, writing and communication skills, the Program meets a growing demand for international affairs curricula in area middle schools. Additionally, it is designed with an emphasis on building cultural competency and diplomatic skills; expanding knowledge of world geography, cultures and political structures; increasing understanding of how national and international institutions tackle key global issues, such as universal access to education; and promoting sustained civic engagement.

Additionally, students have access to leadership workshops, international community service projects, speaker events and private briefings with some of the leading public figures and scholars on the world stage today. Corporations may sponsor a school, school club, group of students, or even a single student for these highly-acclaimed initiatives.

Each year, the Council also works with a growing number of low-income and under-resourced schools across the region. To further extend the reach of its global education programming, the Council developed the Global Smarts Mentoring Program, an intensive global literacy tutoring program that pairs university students with economically disadvantaged middle school students, providing the fundamental skills and knowledge required to confidently participate in the Council’s annual, region-wide Jr. Model United Nations Conference. This one-to-one training allows middle school students interested in expanding their global knowledge to understand the protocols, demands and opportunities of the Model UN Conference.

Participant Comment

"Global Smarts changed how I see myself in the world. I didn't think I could make a difference before, but now I know that, with determination and motivation, I can change the world."

— 8th Grade Student, St. Dominic School

Mentor Comment

“My students have taught me just as much as I taught them. Their enthusiasm and eagerness to learn and expand their understanding of the world has inspired an incredible sense of hope in me.”

Global Smarts Mentor, St. Joseph’s University

Key Impact

  • Better-prepared students who will be the region’s future leaders and effective work force.
  • Better global citizens—students and future leaders who understand and can operate within the new global dynamic.
  • Improved confidence, presentation and critical thinking skills for the student participants.

Opportunities for Employee Engagement and Sponsor Recognition

Sponsorship includes opportunities for employees to get involved in multiple ways throughout the program year as fits their schedule:

  • presenting personal stories on positive values and impact;
  • visiting “your” school;
  • Assisting with coaching, especially professional communication and dress protocols, and personal presentation
  • attending the conferences or speaker events with “your students”.

Sponsors are recognized on the Council’s website, individual school websites, and at all relevant Programs, with the corporate name and the corporate logo featured.

Corporations are prominently recognized at the annual Model UN, International Summit, and Global Economic Forum

Additional corporate branding—QR codes, social media icons, etc. are also possible.

*The World Affairs Council is an Educational Improvement Organization. Give to receive 75% of your contribution in tax credit.