Two important objectives of the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville are:
- Reaching out to youth, promoting their interest and understanding of the world
- Supporting teachers with resources, enhancing their teaching on global topics
Students and teachers are invited and encouraged to attend the Council’s speaker series: Global Issues Evenings and Global Business Luncheons.
- Great Decisions: An after-school enrichment program for high school students. College faculty members serve as discussion leaders using the materials from Great Decisions, which are readings and companion videos on current global issues published by the Foreign Policy Association.
- Kick-Off Dinner & Dialogue: This interactive group experience fosters dialogue among students from different schools and connects global issues to the Jacksonville community.
- Student Interactions: Students receive unique opportunities for exposure to world class speakers in interactive settings.
- International Crisis Management Exercise (ICME): This culmination of the Great Decisions program, offers a day-long, role-play exercise where students serve as members of the National Security Council and work together to come up with recommendations for an acting president regarding a timely, mock-international crisis.
- Admiral Jonathan T. Howe Academic WorldQuest: A contest for high school students to test their knowledge of international affairs covering topics such as geography, political leaders, history and current events.
- Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Scholarship: An annual $2,000 scholarship awarded to a student at an area university or college.
- Plans are underway to launch the Sandra L. Cook Global Teacher Enrichment Program, enabling fifteen middle and high school teachers to travel, interact and connect annually on a global scale.