The World Affairs Council of Palm Beach is dedicated to academic outreach through curricula for young adults at the high school and college levels. We invite interested students to attend our speaker events. During our 2019-2020 season, we plan to partner with high schools, colleges and universities in Palm Beach County and surrounding areas as and introduce inter and intra school debates on World Affairs.
As part of our education outreach, the World Affairs Council of Palm Beach sponsors Academic WorldQuest. Academic WorldQuest is a flagship program of the World Affairs Councils of America, now widely played at the adult and high school levels around the country. The contest was invented by the Charlotte (NC) Council and now is widely played at the adult and high school levels around the nation. The World Affairs Councils of America started the national competition in Washington, D.C., in March 2002. Participants come from high schools sponsored by World Affairs Councils throughout the United States. It’s a team trivia game testing each competitor’s knowledge of international affairs, geography, history, public health policy and culture, with questions on current events and fun facts. Teams for the local contest consist of four to eight high school students from the same school. The winning local team then travels to Washington, D.C. for the national contest. Teams for the national competition consist of four members. Teams compete by answering rounds of questions testing their knowledge of world affairs.
The World Affairs Council of Palm Beach presented the 2019 AWQ Competition in Palm Beach County on Saturday, February 23, 2019 hosted by Keiser University West Palm Beach. Three local schools participated in the competition. Saint Edwards School of Vero Beach won First Place; American Heritage High School of Delray Beach placed Second and Royal Palm Beach High School of Royal Palm Beach placed Third.
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach InterTalk
In April 2019 the World Affairs Council of Palm Beach inaugurated WACPB InterTalk, an interactive program with university students from diverse local campuses. Participating students have an opportunity to establish a relationship with our World Affairs Council; allowing them to apply for a scholarship to attend the WACA National Conferences in Washington, DC , and also apply for WAC summer intern programs in DC and special foreign travel-education programs .
The first WACPB InterTalk meeting was held Saturday morning April 6th. Students from Keiser University, Palm Beach Atlantic University and Palm Beach State College came together to brainstorm and share input on the structure of our new InterTalk program. All were excited about participating and communicating across campus one on one with students from different local colleges on global issues - and being part of the creative process.
Education Outreach is very important to our WAC. Our Council holds a strong focus in reaching out to students from local colleges to stimulate dialogue and obtain their personal input on current economic, social and political issues. These students are the next generation that will form the foundation for our country and, indeed, globally.
Students attending April 6, 2019 inaugural WACPB InterTalk meeting:
Basil Burke Jr
Also in Attendance:
Dr. Luis Fleishman – Faculty Advisor
Scott Wilson – Director WAC Advisory Board
Patricia Reybold – Event Host
Celeste Simon – CEO WAC Palm Beach
Organizations that are members of the national association of World Affairs Councils of America enjoy a variety of unique benefits, including access to nationwide program series, discounts on a number of international journals and publications, reduced rates during our annual National Conference, monthly updates on available speakers and other resources, and of course, opportunities to network with colleagues from across the country.
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