High school students enjoying their three-course dinner prior to an address from Rep. Adam Schiff.

The Los Angeles World Affairs Council High School Program offers high school students the opportunity to attend Council events with a wide range of international leaders, diplomats, scientists and business executives. 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.

Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon poses with students after participating in a student briefing.

The Council provides tickets free of charge to our events to charter, magnet and public high schools, as well as parochial schools serving underprivileged communities. We also welcome private high schools, to whom we offer tickets at the member rate. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis. While schools do not pay for membership, we do require that an account is set up by a teacher or administrator. To set up an account for your school, make event reservations or for other questions contact Krystsina at kshabanava@lawac.org or (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 business days before each event.

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. The briefings coincide with the majority of our lunch and dinner events, but are not offered prior to Global Cafe Breakfasts, Young Professionals events or film screenings.

Senator Dianne Feinstein addresses the question of a student at a student briefing.

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

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 generous donations to the High School 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. 

"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 
High School 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

Joseph Drown Foundation
Steinmetz Family Foundation
Swaroop Charitable Family Fund
Warmenhoven Family Foundation
William C. Bannerman Foundation