This Rotary International Youth Program attracts High School Students from over thirty nations!

When RI President Ian Riseley opened the 2017 World Affairs Seminar (WAS) last June he inspired over 300 high school age delegates from 36 nations to go out and change the world they will inherit.  As the 2018 Seminar draws near, we expect an even greater number of delegates to experience the unique magic of learning, growing and interacting over the course of a week that promises to change lives.

This year’s Seminar “Innovation: Shaping the World You Will Inherit” will be held at Carroll University, Waukesha, Wisconsin June 23 – 29.  A broad spectrum of issues will be explored, including the promise and limits of innovation.  Sub-themes include manufacturing, education, architecture, engineering, economics, ecology (food, water), health, transportation and the arts.

Student delegates will meet in small groups, and will have the opportunity to choose which break-outs and field trips they attend.

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Rotary Clubs that participate in World Affairs Seminar (WAS) and send students to WAS can claim credit for participating in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) in their Club Goals. Rotary International allows Districts autonomy in developing programs for youth.  It has been confirmed by RI that WAS meets the criteria. A thorough comparison between RYLA and WAS demonstrated that WAS meets the criteria for RYLA. Though there is no formal relationship between RYLA and WAS, confirmation was received from Jessie Dunbar-Bickmore, Supervisor of Programs for Young Leaders, Rotary International, indicating that this is acceptable to RI; WAS does satisfy criteria for RYLA.

WAS has been sharing Rotary International values and priorities with high school students from around the world since 1976.  A Rotary Meeting open to all is held the last day.  Sponsors are invited to visit any time to listen to WAS lectures and see WAS delegates in action.

For more information, visit the WAS website by clicking on the button below. Registration forms and payment information are easy to download.  If you have questions just call (414) 453-4984 or send an e-mail to:

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The World Affairs Seminar does not share or sell personal information about students or sponsors with any other organization except as authorized by signed release. This includes personal, health, financial, or other information. Information you post on public websites and other accessible media is your responsibility.

Refund Policy:

To receive credit after payment has been made, students, sponsors must notify the World Affairs Seminar in writing that their delegate is unable to attend, or if the sponsor is unable to fill a paid for space at the Seminar. (e-mail is considered "in writing" for these purposes as long as the e-mail is acknowledged as having been received.) Full credit applies if notification is received by April 1; 50% credit if application is cancelled between April 1 but prior to May 21; no credit is available if application is cancelled after May 21, unless extraordinary circumstances such as illness, death exist. All cancellation credits are subject to $75.00 processing fee and must be used within one calendar year. Note: in agreeing to attend WAS, parents and students promise to reimburse their sponsor for the full amount of any loss due to cancellation. WAS offices: (414) 453-4984, or

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