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High School Membership

A High School Membership confers access to all World Affairs Council Education programs! Registration is now open!

About Our Student Programs

We create global citizens. The World Affairs Council’s educational programming directly reaches on average 2,500 students in 85 middle schools and high schools in the Greater Philadelphia area each year and has touched the lives of over one million students since the Council’s inception in 1949. Featuring large-scale conferences and workshops simulating global forums, the Council’s education programs are designed to challenge students to work collaboratively and creatively to solve some of the major global problems of the 21st century.

Additionally, our students have access to leadership workshops, international community service projects, scholarship opportunities, and speaker events and private briefings with some of the leading public figures and scholars on the world stage today. Scroll down to learn more.

You can read more about our educational impact by viewing our 2019-2020 Academic Year-End Report or by downloading our 2019-2020 Academic Year End Summary.

High School Programs

Membership provides high school students and educators from the Greater Philadelphia area unparalleled access to influential leaders and policymakers in the global arena as well our comprehensive suite of global education programming.

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Middle School Education Programs

The Council’s primary middle school program is our Jr. Model United Nations – Student Diplomat Program, which has given Philadelphia-area students the opportunity to step into the role of diplomats from around the world and create solutions to some of today’s most pressing global issues since the early years of our organization’s founding. Finally, beginning in July 2021, the Council now offers a third middle school Education program each summer, the United Nations Summer Camp, for individual students interested in spending a week learning more about world affairs and the United Nations through activities and simulations led by Council staff and a variety of expert speaker briefings and workshops.

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COVID-19 Health and Safety Policy

The Council is committed to providing a healthy and safe environment for all in-person Education programs, which includes a vaccine mandate for all participating students and teachers. In order to best accommodate the needs of our member schools, the Council is offering both in-person and virtual program options for all 2021-2022 Education programs.

Global Scholars Certificate Program

The Global Scholars Certificate advances the integration of global cultural awareness, critical thinking, and investigative skills into Pennsylvania's high school curriculum. The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia offers the Global Scholars Certificate to select high schools across the Commonwealth.

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Global Smarts Mentoring Program

The Global Smarts Mentoring Program is a rigorous global literacy tutoring program that pairs college-level student mentors from Saint Joseph's University with middle school students from under-resourced and low- to middle-income Philadelphia public, parochial and charter schools. Through weekly individual and small-group instruction, mentors provide students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to confidently participate in the Council's annual, region-wide Jr. Model United Nations Conference.

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Bodine High School for International Affairs

Founded in 1981 as a partnership between the School District of Philadelphia and the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, the William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs features a humanities and foreign-language centered college preparatory program and offers the International Baccalaureate Diploma.

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John Lazarich Leadership Liaison

Since Bodine's founding 37 years ago, the Council has provided a regularly scheduled, on-site liaison who works closely with Bodine students and faculty to augment the school’s international curriculum by providing a variety of global affairs programming, in-class speakers, special assemblies, international student exchange programs, and a diverse array of academic field trips and study abroad excursions.

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Global Education Resources

Informed students and citizens demand access to quality information. The Global Education Resources page aims to provide students and global citizens the resources they need to stay informed, educated and inquisitive about global affairs.

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Program Archive

Archived pages with details and information pertaining to programs from the last 4 years.

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Education Sponsors

  • AMETEK Foundation, Inc

  • The Ryan Charitable Trust

  • Comcast Foundation

  • Firstrust Bank

  • UGI Corporation

  • AmeriGas

  • Connelly Foundation

  • Leo Niessen, Jr. Charitable Trust

  • Temple University - Fox School of Business

  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

  • University of Pennsylvania - Middle East Center

  • University of Pennsylvania - South Asia Center

  • The Hellendall Family Foundation

  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

  • The Samuel Tabas Family Foundation

  • Althea de Baun Budd Foundation

  • Quaker Chemical Foundation

  • Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial

  • Hamilton Family Foundation

  • Greater Philadelphia Elementary Education Foundation

  • Rutgers University-Camden

  • Green Family Foundation

  • Meridian Bank

  • Citizens Bank

  • Mill Spring Foundation

  • John Lazarich Foundation


Global Smarts Mentoring Program Sponsors

  • Connelly Foundation

  • The Ryan Charitable Trust

  • Wells Fargo

  • Mark Stover (Teacher at Jenkintown Middle School)

  • Comcast Foundation

  • Mr. Joseph Berquist

  • Quaker Chemical Foundation

  • Hamilton Family Charitable Trust

  • Henrietta Tower Wurts Memorial

  • Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation

  • Lincoln Financial Group

  • The Fox School of Business at Temple University

  • The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

  • Green Family Foundation

  • Saint Joseph’s University

  • Greater Philadelphia Elementary Education Foundation