The World Affairs Challenge (WAC) is dedicated to developing tomorrow's global leaders. With mentoring, education and competition, WAC ignites middle-school and high-school students' passions about world affairs. WAC engages youth to solve some of the world's most pressing problems. WAC students move from awareness to action while learning to think critically, collaborate, communicate and grow human capacity.
While WAC is a year-long enterprise of growing the capacity of youth to think and act globally, the very centerpiece of WAC is an exciting, academic competition that gives students an opportunity to think critically about global development.
Teachers and mentors lead the teams of middle school and high school students in preparing for the competition through guided research and academic preparation in the weeks and months leading up to the WAC Event Day.
Mentors help student teams broaden their global awareness, improve their research skills, strengthen their solutions, and polish their presentations.
Mentors also work with individual students to set up formal mentorships and internships.
If you are part of a university, corporation or nonprofit that is interested in developing tomorrow’s global leaders, consider becoming a mentor.
Teams gather at Regis University for a day of competition, presentations, speakers, networking with 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 global problems. Business professionals, civic leaders, and professors judge teams on how well they grasp complex problems, cultural awareness, teamwork, originality, and communication skills.