World Affairs Youth Seminar: July 8-13, 2018
Rising 10th – 12th Grade

The World Affairs Youth Seminar is conducted by faculty, staff, and students from Auburn’s College of Education and members of the Persistent Issues in History Network, uses the Model United Nations (MUN) forum to examine global issues in a "real world" context. Participants assume the role of country delegates and strive to accurately represent the viewpoints of their assigned country in daily MUN General Assembly sessions.

In preparation for daily MUN sessions, country delegates partner with Auburn University graduate and undergraduate secondary social studies education students to explore the value conflicts, factual data, and historical contexts of international issues. Delegates participate in group research sessions and collaborate to write resolutions or plan strategic alliances for MUN sessions which confront different global issues each day.

World Affairs Seminar participants will attend lectures by faculty on international issues and get to experience campus life firsthand while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Camp participants will have 24/7 counselor supervision.

If the following subjects interest you, consider attending this seminar:

  • international and cultural affairs
  • public speaking and debate
  • social studies and current events
  • government and politics
  • persuasive writing
  • public service

Seminar participants:

  • gain a better understanding of complex international issues
  • practice leadership skills
  • develop communication skills
  • make new friends from across the country

Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories or the Quad dorms. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Campers will have various meal options for breakfast and lunch in The Student Center. Unlike breakfast and lunch, dinner is held in The Village Dining facility, where they have unlimited options of a buffet-style meal.


The majority of the campers’ instructional hours will be in the College of Liberal Arts facility, Haley Center.

Jada Kohlmeier
Jada Kohlmeier

Dr. Jada Kohlmeier is an Associate Professor of Secondary Social Sciences Education. She taught social studies for ten years in Kansas public schools and has taught undergraduate and graduate students studying to become social studies teachers at Auburn since 2003. Her areas of research and outreach include professional development efforts with social studies teachers, historical thinking, and ethical reasoning about complex societal issues. She has directed the WAYS camp since the summer of 2004 and enjoyed growing the program and exploring these complex international issues along with the campers. Dr. Kohlmeier coordinates the academic programming of the camp by arranging guest speakers, field trips, lessons on issues, and hiring the Secretary General for the Model UN sessions.

CAMP FEE: $775 and includes:
  • On campus housing
  • All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
  • Program instruction, materials and equipment
  • Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
  • Recreational activities

Enrollment is limited to 30 students, so register early!

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If a registration is canceled for any reason, the individual or organization making the original CAMP FEE payment will receive:

  1. A full refund, with a $25 administrative fee deduction, if the cancellation request is received at least 4 weeks prior to the start date of the program;
  2. A refund of 50%, if the cancellation request is received less than 4 weeks prior but at least 2 weeks prior to the program start date;
  3. No refund for a "No Show" or for a cancellation request received less than 2 weeks prior to the start date of the program.

Note: A registration may be transferred to another person at any time for a $25 transfer fee.

The Lee County Sunrise Rotary Club is providing a limited number of partial scholarships for students to attend World Affairs Youth Seminar. To apply for one of these partial scholarships (valued at $387.50) complete and submit the form below. This application will close on April 2nd and recipients will be notified on April 16th.

Applying for a scholarship? Complete your camp registration on the previous tab and select the $100 Deposit Option to secure your spot in camp. If selected, the partial scholarship amount will be directly applied to your registration fee for camp.

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Last Updated: March 2, 2018