World Affairs Challenge


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

Check out the 2023 winning projects!

The students say it best!

WAC inspires its participants to work together for the betterment of their communities and sets teams on a path toward meaningful global citizenship and community involvement. Through project-based learning, participants gain critical, transferable skills like leadership, project management, and collaborative problem-solving while embracing the interconnectedness of the world in formulating their solutions. 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

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 2500 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!