Our Impact

What Does CCWA Mean to You?

To some, CCWA means a community of internationally aware and engaged citizens. To others it is a way to empower students, a resource to international information, or a partner in international initiatives. Over 3,500 people engage with CCWA each year through our international visitor programs, speaker forums, professional development initiatives, and education programs. Here, we would like to let our members, volunteers and friends tell you in their own words what CCWA means to them.


“CCWA’s International Exchange Programs have allowed me to meet fascinating individuals from countries across the globe, learn their stories, and to share what I love most about Cleveland. “Citizen diplomacy” isn’t just a phrase to me, it embodies what I love most about CCWA. I get to have a part in representing the U.S. to foreign visitors, and I’ve been able to meet some of the most inspiring humans I’ve ever had the privilege to interact with.” — Andrea Lau

“The Model UN program has opened up a part in my students that I had never seen before. It has given my students so much confidence. Model UN connects what they are learning at school back to the real world. It challenges the students and makes them see how we are connected to the rest of the world.” — Stacey Jennings, Model UN Teacher

“Having returned to Cleveland after living overseas, CCWA has been a wonderful resource for me to find the internationally-minded folks in the Cleveland Business Community. I can count on CCWA to bring compelling speakers from leading institutions to discuss hot-button topics in international affairs. The organization was instrumental in helping me connect with fascinating and diverse people in the area – CCWA really does connect Cleveland to the world.” — Ben Gebhardt, CCWA Member


The Power of Citizen Diplomacy

Engaging in Citizen Diplomacy is a powerful experience for the visitors and the local Citizen Diplomats alike. Click here to read more about the power of Citizen Diplomacy and get inspired for your own life changing experience as a CCWA Citizen Diplomat!

Three Steps to a Globally Competent Community

CCWA’s Global Competency Training develops skills needed in today’s global environment. Click here to read how we work towards a more globally competent region.

Connecting Local Classrooms to the World

Our Bridges to the World program helps local educators to engage their students in world affairs. Click here to read about this program that provides teachers the tools and curriculum resources to inspire a new generation of globally-minded citizens.

Model United Nations Inspire Students

Our Model United Nations program prepares students to succeed in the classroom and life beyond school. Click here to read more about how Model UN brings world affairs alive for local students.

Speaker Forums Promote Conversation

Our speaker forums help ensure that American citizens are well-informed about global issues, whether it is climate change, migration, or global pandemics. Click here for a photo essay on the forums that engage citizens in civic discussion on critical issues of our time.

Professional Exchanges Fuel the Soul

Through professional and learning exchanges, CCWA facilitates professional meetings with emerging leaders from around the world and their local counterparts. Click here to read about how international exchanges fuel the soul.

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