Anderson Children's Foundation

World Affairs Council of the Desert

Academic WorldQuest Competition (2022-2023, 2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2015-2016, 2014-2015, 2013-2014)

The Academic WorldQuest Project is unique in the Coachella Valley. This project nourishes the minds of our youth while feeding them with the keys for future academic success in the rigorous arena of international affairs. It opens up their minds to subjects they thought were beyond their reach. Participating youth work together for over 4 months as they access digital sources in their Academic WorldQuest Study Guide, evaluate the credibility and accuracy of each source, analyze the structure of primary and secondary sources, provide objective summaries for teammates, and develop a diligent study schedule. A team of mentors from the World Affairs Council of the Desert assists all youth in making sense of this high-level academic content.

The Academic WorldQuest Project culminates in a competition testing high school students’ knowledge of international affairs. The WorldQuest Competition will be held in February 2023, on the Palm Desert Campus of California State University San Bernardino. Any high school, public or private, in the Coachella Valley may register a team. There is no fee to pledge a team and each high school may enter one team.

The competition is moderated by a prominent figure in the field of international affairs or journalism. Teams compete by answering 50 questions, drawn from the digital sources listed in the Study Guide. The team with the highest number of correct answers wins. Scholarships are awarded to each student on the top three teams as well as to students on the team most improved from the previous year. The winning team competes in the national competition in Washington. DC, in April of each year.

Funding in the amount of $2100 will be used to host students at our six speaker series dinners where students meet privately with the speaker before dinner. We will commit to matching this amount on a 2 to 1 basis which will result in $6300 to be used for student dinners and interactions with our speakers.