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World, meet your next leaders

Over the past five decades, World Affairs’ one-of-a-kind education programs have inspired and equipped close to 10,000 young people to be global citizens. Students meet with leading experts, work with local nonprofits, explore international careers and study abroad, as they strengthen their leadership skills, civic engagement and geopolitical awareness.

Join our youth-centered civic and leadership programs.

Global Citizens Certificate Program

Want to change the world from the inside out? Gain transformative knowledge? Work with soon-to-be friends on vital issues? In short, are you ready to lead as a global citizen? You’ve come to the right place. Learn from experts in international affairs about our current challenges—and how they can be transformed into opportunities. Develop real-world skills that will serve you well in college and beyond. Then put those skills to work in a local community action project where you’ll see what a difference you can make.

Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Biodiversity in Costa Rica. Cooking in France. Public Health in India. These are just some of the life-changing journeys our scholarship recipients have experienced thanks to the study-abroad financial support World Affairs offers to Northern California high school sophomores and juniors each year.

Become a Mentor

Four hours of your time can change young lives forever. World Affairs needs mentors who’ve managed or started a non-profit or business, organized at the grassroots level or are professionals in the world of international affairs. During our spring, summer or fall Global Citizens Certificate programs in San Francisco or the East Bay, you can run a workshop for our students on building their own business or starting a non-profit organization, then guide them as they develop a project proposal about an issue with a global-local connection.

Teacher Resources

What could your students learn from the former head of the CIA? A Sudanese refugee? A diplomat from San Francisco’s consular corps? As part of the World Affairs Education Program, we offer Bay Area students rare opportunities to join in small, private group conversations with inspiring World Affairs speakers at our headquarters and in your classroom.

Help today’s students become tomorrow’s changemakers

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Support our Education Fund

Invest in the next generation of socially conscious entrepreneurs and leaders. Make a tax-deductible gift to World Affairs’ Education Program today.