High school students meeting with C.L. Max Nikias, President of the University of Southern California.

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council High School Program offers high school students the opportunity to attend Council events with the wide range of international leaders, diplomats, scientists and business executives who regularly address the Council.  The students also have dedicated briefings with the speaker before the main event. The intention of the program is to open a window on the world for high school students, give them a more global outlook on current affairs, and encourage them to set high goals in their ongoing studies and career aspirations.

Student briefing with Condoleezza Rice at the Los Angeles World Affairs Council

The Council provides tickets free of charge to our lunch and dinner events to Charter, Magnet and Public High Schools, and to parochial schools serving underprivileged communities.  We also welcome private high schools, to whom we offer discounted ticket prices.  Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. To make a reservation, or for more information about how your school can participate, call Ellen Plant at (424) 258-6160.


Each school is allowed five tickets (four students and one teacher) per event. Students cannot attend Council events alone, and must be accompanied by a teacher or chaperone. We request that cancellations be made by noon two working days before each event.

Funding for this valuable program is provided through generous donations to the Student Program Fund by a number of our members and by outside grants.

His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, receiving a gift from students.

Pre-event student briefings allow students to meet privately with visiting speakers and ask their own questions. These private, student-only gatherings last for approximately 30 minutes and are capped with a photo opportunity for each school group with the speaker.

Students represent the Los Angeles community and are expected to present themselves as adults, showing respect to the speaker and his/her views, and dressing professionally. 

Teachers are expected to brief their students about the topic and speaker in advance, help prepare questions beforehand, and supervise students at the event.  When addressing the speaker, students should remember to precede questions with the proper salutation (“President ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­_______”, “Ambassador _____”, etc.), state their name, and state the name of the school they are representing.


All attendees at Council events, including students, are expected to dress neatly. Smart slacks or dresses are suggested, as is an appropriate button-up shirt or blouse. Men should wear dress shirts and a jacket. T-shirts and jeans are not permitted.

Funding for this valuable program is provided through the generous donations to the Student Program Fund by a number of our members and by outside grants.


If you would like to sponsor a student from our High School Program to attend an event, please call the Council at (424) 258-6160.  As a student sponsor, you will be recognized at the event for your sponsorship.

"The President Kagame event showed me that the world is full of challenges...and where I can get to if I continue working hard." 

-Christian, 17, Student Empowerment Academy

A special thank you to our 
Student Program Sponsors

Mrs. Cathy Bachrach
Alan and Dorothy Blake
Mrs. Lynda Boone Fetter
Dr. Faiz Chowdury
Dr. Allen J. Curtis
Donald and Tam Dickerson
Ms. Karen Sue Donoho 
Mr. Max Duganne
Dr. Jeffrey Gunter
Mr. Mark C. Hansen
Dr. Leonora Horwin
Mr. Mark Lancaster
Mrs. Jean Kaplan
Mrs. Katherine C. Keck
Mrs. Connie Keiter
Ms. Sharon Keith
Mr. Andrew Okun
Dr. Elliot Ponchick
Mr. Barak Raviv
Ms. Mia Rondinella
Ms. Judith Rosenson
Mr. Joel Safranek
Mr. Mark Sandelson
Mr. Michael Segal
Ms. Anita Tilley
Mr. Sebastian Zacharia

Swaroop  Charitable Family Fund
Warmenhoven Family Foundation
William C. Bannerman Foundation