WAC Develops Tomorrow's Global Leaders

The World Affairs Challenge 

While the World Affairs Challenge (WAC) is a year-long enterprise of growing the capacity of youth to think and act globally, the very centerpiece of WAC is its annual spring competition.  

In March and April of 2015, Regis University will once again host scores of student team presentations, festivity, rap, speakers, introductions to international organizations, and on-the-spot “challenge questions” that constructively mix youth from many schools. Each team presents its best work on a given real-world need – inventive, collaborative, and holistic solutions to a specific international problem.

This website and the WAC staff provide assistance to middle school and high school teams whose final presentation may be the result of an after-school club, entire course, class activity, or service learning project.   Business professionals, civic leaders, and professors judge the students’ presentations on how well they grasp complex problems, cultural awareness, teamwork and originality, and communication skills.

After the WAC: The Learning Continues

Following each spring competition, teams may find that the learning and mentoring lives on!  For instance, the 2014 WAC dealt with the collaboration of fifty-four organizations at the Posner Center for International Development on Water, Water, Water!  Student teams visited the Posner Center, met development organizations, shared presentations with them, and will continue their study of how Denver and Colorado are a hub of global service and sustainable development. WAC’s goal was that these youth learn more about this emerging Colorado vision. And that they become global thinkers, doers, and leaders themselves.

Seeking WAC Teams

The World Affairs Challenge especially seeks to engage students from under-served schools in learning about global affairs. Over one-third of the registered teams from past years have come from the national AVID program, which is designed to assist students from low-income and minority families attend college.  The Denver Council on Foreign Relations and the World Affairs Council of Colorado Springs offer team scholarships to offset the costs of WAC participation. Please click on the Scholarship toggle.