For Students & Teachers



CCWA has been dedicated to education since its founding in 1923. Supporting area students in becoming globally-minded citizens – and assisting schools in this task – is a crucial component of our work. Our school programming promotes global learning and engagement, supports the Common Core Standards, and facilitates the creative application of knowledge. We invite you to join your colleagues at over 40 area schools, and partner with CCWA on one or more of the following programs:

Youth Exchange Programs

jovenesBring the world to your home by participating in one of these upcoming international youth exchanges through CCWA. Share your America and gain international perspective — become a host for one of the Council’s exchange programs! The program windows are as follows:

  • Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program | July 10-24, 2014 | Overview here
  • Jóvenes en Acción (Youth in Action) | July 21-August 2, 2014 | Overview here
  • Kosovo Youth Exchange Program | 2014-15 academic year | Overview here
Bridges to the World

Bridges to the World is a unique speaker series, which provides students direct access to experts in foreign affairs, government officials, and international visitors at the top of their fields. CCWA connects these speakers to schools and community groups across Ohio and the United States via distance learning technology provided by ideastream and through visits to area schools. Guests on Bridges to the World give a brief presentation, take questions  and engage with students.

bridges_thumbTo participate in a Bridges to the World program, schools must possess distance learning technology and be able to connect students to ideastream for the hour-long program. Cleveland area schools also have the option of attending Bridges programs live as a studio audience or coordinating a visit to their school. CCWA and ideastream also maintain an online archive of past programs that teachers can access any time. These programs, as well as curriculum support, are provided free of charge to Northeast Ohio schools.

Contact our office ( or John Ramicone ( at ideastream for more information or to register for an upcoming program.

Bridges to the World Academic Year 2013-14 Archives
Model United Nations Program


MUN_speaker_bowlModel UN is a unique, interactive program that brings world affairs alive for students. Through participation in Model UN simulations, students achieve global learning objectives. They are empowered to investigate the world, recognize different perspectives, communicate ideas to diverse audiences, and apply what they learn creatively during research, debate, and conference time. To participate in Model UN, school teams pick countries to represent in simulations of real UN committees. Adult advisors support students in researching and debating a variety of international challenges and their possible solutions.


CCWA has organized Model UN conferences for area students since 1948, offering students the opportunity to learn about and engage in international affairs in a personal, exciting way. We are pleased to invite you to attend one or more of our workshops and/or Model UN conferences this year.

Visit our Model UN Programs page for more information.

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