WACA's flagship youth education program is a fun, fast-paced team competition for high school students. Academic WorldQuest tests players’ knowledge of current international politics, geography, global economics, history, and world cultures. Some 50 World Affairs Councils hold local AWQ competitions for high school students in their communities. Since 2003, winning teams have traveled to Washington, DC every April to vie for the national championship.
The Carlos and Malú Alvarez Academic WorldQuest National Competition is made possible by sponsors and donors like you.
"Thousands of Dallas/Fort Worth students have competed in WACA's annual Academic WorldQuest program and won the National Competition seven times since 2011! It has been one of our most popular education events for more than a decade - it is the “Super Bowl playoff” for our Junior World Affairs Council clubs. These dedicated young people continue to impress us with their incredible knowledge of world events and their commitment to solve global problems. These are the students who will truly change the world!" -- Jim Falk, President and CEO, WAC Dallas/Fort Worth
Established in 1986 as a nonprofit membership organization in Washington, DC, the World Affairs Councils of America carries out its mission by:
Supporting more than 90 World Affairs Councils across the United States and promoting their programs and educational initiatives for diverse, multi-generational audiences. We bring the world to classrooms and C-suites, and to conferences in the nation’s capital and town hall-style forums in your community.
Developing Councils’ convening power nationwide by providing face-to-face connections and dialogue with global leaders, business executives, policy experts, social innovators, and distinguished opinion makers.
Exploring new ideas in dozens of dynamic Council events each week that shape public discourse on a range of critical issues, including: national security; the economy and international trade; global health; energy and the environment; immigration; human rights; education; and culture.
Challenging the next generation to develop leadership skills and global acumen so that our communities can better compete, collaborate, and make informed decisions.
Partnering with organizations that seek to reach out to “grassroots” and “grasstops” citizens, disseminate research, mutually expand networks and transform how people, enterprises, and governments think about the world.
Expanding informed, respectful public discourse about international relations and current events through WACA conference calls, podcasts, information services, and social media. We are digitally accessible from anywhere in the world.