WAC develops tomorrow’s global leaders
While 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. This March 8th and April 5th, Regis University welcomes WAC again to its campus for scores of student team presentations, festivity, rap, speakers, introductions to many international organizations, and on-the-spot “challenge questions” that constructively mix youth from many schools. High schoolers present on March 8th, while Middle Schoolers shine on April 5th. Each team presents its best work on a given real-world need – inventive, collaborative, and holistic solutions to problem areas involving water.
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.
Following each spring competition, teams may find that the mentoring lives on! For instance, this year’s 2014 WAC deals with the collaboration of fifty-four organizations at the Posner Center for International Development on Water, Water, Water! Student teams will have occasion to visit the Posner Center, meet these development organizations, share presentations with them, and continue their study of how Denver and Colorado are a hub of global service and sustainable development. WAC’s goal is that these youth learn more about this emerging Colorado vision. And that they become global thinkers, doers, and leaders themselves.
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.