High School Programs

The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia aims to bring timely, thoughtful and engaging programs that tackle some of the worlds most pressing issues to high school students throughout the Philadelphia region. The Council offers a suite of programs, such as the International Student Summit, Global Economic Forum, Academic WorldQuest, and Summer Global Leadership Seminar.  Each program is designed to engage students toward tackling the challenging issues in our world and pushes students to collaborate and debate innovative policies to remedy these issues. 

Upcoming Programs

Summer Global Leadership Seminar

July 8-12, 2019
Location: World Affairs Council of Philadelphia (Center City)

The weeklong 2019 Summer Global Leadership Seminar will focus on the rise of political populism both at home and abroad. Students will explore the cultural, economic and political roots of populism and will compare and contrast these conditions with the current populist movements in both America and abroad. 

Past Programs

Global Economic Forum

Tuesday, March 5, 2019         9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Temple University Fox School of Business

The 2019 Global Economic Forum will focus on labor, employment and the increasing globalization of the world economy. Students will explore how automation, outsourcing and computerization impact labor markets and the economy and will devise innovative solutions aimed at tackling this important global issue. 

2019 New Jersey Global Leadership Programs

The 2018-2019 New Jersey High School Global Leadership Programs, in partnership with Camden County College, engaged students from five Camden County high schools in educational programming aimed at fostering global citizens. Students joined together during two substantive programs to debate policies and proposals aimed at solving some of the worlds most pressing issues.

These programs brought together students from five New Jersey high schools: Winslow Township High School, Dr. Charles E. Brimm Medical Arts High School, Camden High School, Lindenwold High School, and Overbrook High School.

2019 Academic WorldQuest

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Location: The DoubleTree Center City Hotel Philadelphia

The Council’s Academic WorldQuest program is a fun, fast-paced, interactive, quizzo-style competition that tests global knowledge. Participants find out just how much they know about international affairs, geography, history and culture, while broadening their knowledge and networking with other globally-minded contestants. Teams compete for prizes…. and, of course, bragging rights! The first place high school team will represent the Philadelphia Council at the national competition in Washington, D.C.

International Student Summit

Tuesday, December 11, 2018       9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Temple University Fox School of Business

The 2018 International Student Summit will tackle a number of timely issues surrounding international development in Africa. In this simulation program, students will represent both a nation within the African Union and a stakeholder position within that nation, with the goal of securing long-term economic growth and prosperity. Students will confront topics of historical and contemporary colonialism on the African continent, international development, resource sharing and egalitarian growth and development.

Speaker Event

 Tuesday, October 30th, 2018     5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Bodine High School for International Affairs

With the 2018 midterm elections quickly approaching on November 6, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia sets out to discover just how important participating in our democracy and voting in all elections, not just those for President, truly is. Students and teachers from Member Schools are welcome to join us for this exciting event

2018 Welcome Back Program and Reception - Closed

Thursday, September 27, 2018          4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

This event in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum) is free to all of our 2018-2019 member schools. Join us for a night exploring the newly opened Middle East Galleries, and hear from the Penn Museum's Global Guides, a diverse array of scholars and academics from Iraq and Syria, who put the Museum's artifacts in cultural context.