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.
- Admiral Jonathan T. Howe Academic WorldQuest: A contest for high school students to test their knowledge of international facts covering topics such as geography, political leaders, history and current events.
- Great Decisions: An after-school enrichment program for high school students. University and 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.
- 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.
- Ambassador Marilyn McAfee Scholarship: An annual $2,000 scholarship awarded to a sophomore or junior at an area university or college.
- The Council seeks annual opportunities to extend educational resources to area teachers focused on international affairs. Opportunities may include continuing education workshops, overseas travel programs, and awards.