HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS

World Affairs is where high school students actively participate in global engagement and cultivate leadership skills. The Citizens Diplomat Academy fosters international awareness and connections, while Model Senate and Global Economic Forum contribute to developing an understanding of international legislative processes and global affairs. iThrive programs ignite decision-making abilities and deepen civic understanding among participants.

MODEL SENATE

Through our simulation programs, students step into the shoes of a U.S. Senator, expert witness, or journalist to address pressing global challenges. Model Senate participants follow the Senate’s process of examining issues, debating them, and formulating policy resolutions. Global Economic Forum participants craft and present policy proposals to a panel of judges who award fictitious funding to the best policy solution.

CITIZEN DIPLOMAT ACADEMY

Citizen Diplomat Academy is a free virtual exchange program for high schoolers (ages 14-18) to meet students from Philadelphia’s Sister Cities (Toruń, Poland & Tianjin, China in Spring; Incheon, South Korea & Kobe, Japan in Summer) and develop cultural understanding through live sessions and activities.

Philadelphia & Toruń, Poland Cohort
Thursdays from April 18 – May 23
3:30pm – 5:00pm EST | 9:30pm – 11:00pm CEST

Philadelphia & Tianjin, China Cohort
Fridays from April 12 – May 10
7:00am – 8:30am EST | 7:00pm – 8:30pm CST

GLOBAL ECONOMIC FORUM

The Global Economic Forum (GEF) is a high school simulation program focused on the creation, presentation, and marketing of policy solutions to pressing issues facing the global community. In school-based groups, students compete with their peers for fictitious funding from the World Bank. Students create policy proposals prior to attending the program and present these solutions to a panel of judges who ultimately award the fictitious funding to the best policy solution paired with the strongest presentation from student delegates.

SISTER CITIES HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Administering the Sister Cities program on behalf of the City of Philadelphia, World Affairs works with Philadelphia high schools to facilitate student exchange programs. These two-way exchanges provide youth from Philadelphia and its Sister Cities the opportunity to foster their global awareness by staying in host families and engaging in the local community.

If your Philadelphia school is interested in a planning a future Sister Cities High School Youth Exchange, please reach out.

Summer Global Leadership Seminar

July 22 – 26, 2024

Spend a summer week in the Summer Global Leadership Seminar! Rising high schoolers interested in global issues can learn through workshops, debates, and crisis simulations. Act like world leaders in a crisis, then meet real experts in D.C. Optional after-program activities let you dive deeper into global affairs, public policy, and current events.

WORLD AFFAIRS RESOURCES

WORLD AFFAIRS RESOURCES

A WORLD AFFAIRS CENTERED EDUCATION

In 1981, World Affairs partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to establish William W. Bodine High School for International Affairs. Through a focus on humanities and foreign languages, the International Baccalaureate Diploma, and World Affair’s enhancements on international curriculum, this magnet school offers students a truly global education for students in the Philadelphia region.

John Lazarich Leadership Liaison

In collaboration with Bodine High School, World Affairs contributes to staffing an on-site liaison who works closely with Bodine students and faculty to enhance the school’s international curriculum. This position is made possible through the generous donations of the John Lazarich Foundation.

John Lazarich Leadership Liaison

In collaboration with Bodine High School, World Affairs contributes to staffing an on-site liaison who works closely with Bodine students and faculty to enhance the school’s international curriculum. This position is made possible through the generous donations of the John Lazarich Foundation.

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