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NCWA supports students exploring international issues
NCWA schedules 10 lectures on international issues every season
Small groups meet to dive deeper into international topics.

Plans for Busy International Affairs Season
Are Already Beginning

Barely had the echoes of the last season ended before the Naples Council on World Affairs Board of Directors began to assess the triumphs and challenges of the past year and make plans its programs in international affairs for the next one.

The Board is focusing on lessons learned during the year and what needs to be done to make next season even stronger. We offered members a very timely and in-depth lecture season as critical international events unfolded through the months. We expect very similar issues on the international scene to concern us next season as we watch tensions build in the Middle East and the ties between China, Russia, Iran and North Korea continue to strengthen.

Great Decisions groups will continue to make sure discussion materials are current, and a new editor of the book for next season is expected to produce stronger reference material. Model UN and Academic WorldQuest competitions had successful events and are assessing next year's programs. 

NCWA grew in membership last season after turnover during the pandemic and laid a foundation for continued growth. Through the coming months, we will report on strategies for the peak season to make NCWA even stronger for the long term and even more stimulating and timely for you, our members. We look forward to seeing you next season!

Don't Forget! 
Renew Membership
For Next Season

By now, you have received emails reminding you to renew your membership for next season.*

We hope you continue to enjoy our robust Distinguished Lecture Series, Great Decisions small discussion groups and other programs. Family and individual memberships are available. Please feel free to explore our website and then click here or reach our Call Center at 239-649-3942 to join us!

*Membership year runs July 1 through June 30 of each year.

14 High School Students
Selected for NCWA Summer Scholarships

Recipients of 14 summer study scholarships at prestigious programs in North America and abroad have been selected. Click here to download a PowerPoint presentation about who they are and where they are going. 

Student Program Alumni Tell
What NCWA Meant to Them

Alumni of Model UN and school programs will tell you by video what these experiences have meant to their personal and professional development. Click here to be inspired by their stories.

Young People Bring Additional Meaning to World Affairs Programs

Abigail Shaw of Gulf Coast High School received the Ralph Bunche Award
for a top senior and received a check for $6,500. Model UN Chair Alan Van Egmond presented the award.

Mark Walchak, chair of NCWA's School Outreach Committee, went to the classroom of Meghan Joyce, coach of the Aubrey Rogers High School AWQ team that won first place in local competition, to present the NCWA 2024 Educator of the Year award. 

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This informative daily newsletter on international events is a quick and non-partisan way to stay current and enhance your understanding of our lectures and Great Decisions discussions! It is a free benefit of your NCWA membership.    
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Student Programs Highlight End of Season

The impact of NCWA's programs for students hit full stride during March. This is the month when student involvement is showcased and when young people emerge with in-depth experiences that can shape lives and careers. Here is a summary of what NCWA does to enhance the future of the area's youth and perhaps to plant the seeds for contributions or careers in international affairs and diplomacy.

Model UN

The 31st annual Southwest Florida Model United competition has concluded at Florida Gulf Coast University. Winning teams and students are listed on our Model UN pages; click here for more information. To hear a WGCU interview with Daniela Barrata Herrera, keynote speaker at this year's Model UN, click here.  

Academic WorldQuest

Naples' newest school, Aubrey Rogers High School, won the NCWA High School Academic WorldQuest competition and traveled to Washington DC for the national competition in April. For the first time a group of four freshmen earned the champion's title. They were among 84 students and 21 teams from six high schools in Collier County that competed. Second and third places went to Gulf Coast High School teams. Click here to learn more.

From left are Mimi Gregory, NCWA Vice President for Programs; Meghan Joyce, Aubrey Rogers High School team coach; students Aaron Bowman, Bennett Bowman, Luke Brown and Alex Ewy; and Jim Seymour, NCWA's manager of the competition. The Bozmans and Brown were on the team that won the AWQ Middle School championship in 2023. Click here to learn more about the middle school competition.

What We Do: Our Mission

We educate, inspire and engage our community in international affairs and global issues.

Member benefits: Lectures by foreign affairs experts; small nonpartisan Great Decisions discussion groups; rich student programs, including Model UN, Academic WorldQuest competitions for middle school and high school students; scholarships for North American and overseas study; support for teachers, schools and students' careers in international affairs; book club, and opportunities for members to get involved in meaningful programs!

NCWA has almost 1,800 members and is one of the largest chapters of the World Affairs Councils of America.
Founded in 1980.

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