Your contribution to the Council enables us to forward our most imperative enterprise: that of preparing the next generation of leaders. Each year, the Council’s student education programs reach an extraordinarily diverse group of 2,100 of the region’s best and brightest middle and high school students - including our partner school, Bodine High School for International Affairs - empowering them to think critically as responsible citizens in their local and global communities.
The Council's education programs touch students in public, private, parochial, and charter schools, both in the city and the suburbs, and make an enormous impact on their lives. The first of two flagship programs, the Bodine High School for International Affairs, co–founded with the Philadelphia School District more than 30 years ago, remains the crown jewel of our educational initiatives. Through curriculum enrichment opportunities and the on-site leadership of a Council staff educator, this unique and deeply valued alliance reaches all 500 Bodine students.
As many of you know, during 2014 the Council weathered a crisis regarding this important program at Bodine High School, when the School District of Philadelphia abruptly canceled its funding for the Council educator who runs this fabulous effort. Private donors, including some of you, rallied to save the Council's partnership with Bodine for the 2014–2015 school year, but we must look ahead, and we must raise funds now to plan for next school year.
The Council's second flagship program, the Global Smarts Mentoring Program for middle school students, continues to grow and thrive, and, in its third year, encompasses over 100 students, all attending Title I (economically disadvantaged) schools. With the generous support of private donors, Global Smarts has shown great promise in leveling the playing field, allowing students from the poorest areas of the city to fully participate alongside their peers, including those from some of the area's most heavily resourced schools in the Council's region-wide Jr. Model United Nations Conference.
"Global Smarts made me feel more comfortable and confident in participating in debates and discussions about current events. I now feel more knowledgeable on events occurring in the world and my community."
— 8th grade student, St. Dominic School
If you would like to learn more about the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia's Education programs, please click here.