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World Affairs Challenge


WAC gives young people the tools they need to put their ideas into WACtion!

Check out the 2023 winning projects!

WAC participants explore different cultures and aspects of international affairs, develop leadership skills, network with professionals, expand their future goals, and realize the impact and positive power of their ideas, voices, and projects. Some of the transferable skills that our students practice are: 

  • Collaborative problem-solving
  • Project and time management
  • Adaptability and cultural awareness
  • Public speaking
  • Research
  • Civic engagement

The students say it best!

WAC is making waves in Denver and beyond!

Click on the image below to read the story of one 2022 WAC team, as told by CBS 4!

WAC by the Numbers

Over 1750 students have participated in WAC since it became part of WorldDenver in 2021!

Evaluation data from 2021-2023 from both Teachers/Team Leaders and Student self-assessments show increases in knowledge of Essential Skills after participating in the World Affairs Challenge:


The World Affairs Challenge 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. Over time, the annual competition has grown to a full program, involving students, teachers, community members, and communities across the globe who work together to tackle real global issues. Since 1992, we have helped more than 8,000 middle and high school students become invested global citizens. In 2021, CTIR merged with WorldDenver, where the World Affairs Challenge will continue to grow and empower more students around the world to use their ideas to improve their communities!