The World Affairs Challenge (WAC) was created by the Center for Teaching International Relations (CTIR) in 1992 as part of what is now the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. It started as a community outreach program to educate students and teachers about global issues. In 2010, CTIR became an independent 501(c)3 organization continuing the tradition of the World Affairs Challenge. 

WAC's vision is that every student will develop awareness, understanding and engage in global issues in a way that leads to positive action in the world. 

WAC's mission, through a collaborative problem solving process, is to develop tomorrow’s global leaders. 

WAC's goal is to engage middle and high school students in global issues through research, collaborative learning, meaningful community service and exciting interactive competition.

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It is rare that students are asked to look at a real world problem and come up with their own solution. The World Affairs Challenge helps students realize that we live in a global community.
— Chris Elnicki, Middle School Teacher