Peacebuilding & World Issues
Atlanta Council for International Relations (ACIR) [Webinars / World Issues]
ACIR is dedicated to providing its members and the community with a better understanding of the complex issues that confront the United States and the global community in the fields of international and security affairs, global economics and policy, and relations between and among nations and non-state actors in the international arena. It seeks to be a forum for high-level discussion and learning between those individuals in metro Atlanta who desire to interact with others with similar interests and world-class experts. Through ACIR programs, we attract additional members who have a keen interest in thoughtful discussion of international affairs to broaden our forum. This will give rise to opportunities for those speakers with commanding knowledge of international events to inform our members further and to continue ACIR's growth and its influence in the Atlanta metropolitan area and beyond. ACIR's educational purpose is to inform the public on subjects meaningful to individuals and beneficial to the community living in an interconnected world; to stimulate interest in and knowledge of international relations, world affairs, and foreign policies that affect the community and its economic, social, and intellectual well-being and security; and to promote understanding of international affairs through a broad dialogue on those subjects. It achieves these purposes through public discussion groups, forums, panels, lectures, and other similar programs. Annual membership fee.
Council on Foreign Relations [Information about World Issues]
Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 5,000+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website.
To subscribe to their free Daily News Brief: https://www.cfr.org/newsletters/daily-news-brief
Other relevant information: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/council-on-foreign-relations/
College Internships | Council on Foreign Relations [Workshops & Programs]
CFR interns are recruited year-round on a semester basis. An intern’s duties generally consist of research, editing and writing, event coordination, and/or departmental support. Internships are offered in Digital Content, the Studies Program, Global Communications, Corporate Program, Washington Program, Meetings Program and many more, including Foreign Affairs.
CFR interns participate in CFR’s Intern Professional Development program, which complements their substantive work with a series of skill-based workshops, trainings, and career advice sessions. These events are designed to improve interns’ writing, editing, research, and program planning skills, while also helping to sharpen interns’ resumes and familiarize them with the multitude of foreign policy career paths and beyond. CFR strives to include its interns in the full spectrum of its meetings and events programming, giving interns the opportunity to gain new insights on critical foreign policy issues and further their exposure to world leaders, U.S. policymakers, and sought-after experts. In addition, CFR offers a wide variety of events for staff and interns, including an award-winning health and wellness program. Events range from brown bag lunches with policy experts to a health fair, and an annual Ping-Pong championship.
Dunwoody Great Decisions Lectures [Lectures / World Issues]
GCIV serves as the statewide coordinator for the Foreign Policy Association’s (FPA) Great Decisions program by helping facilitate discussion groups and lecture series that give participants the opportunity to expand their understanding of world affairs. Topics change annually and are based on the Foreign Policy Association’s nonpartisan briefing book. The Dunwoody, Georgia based lectures are the largest in the state and typically take place every Thursday evening (during non-pandemic times). Each lecture features a 45 minute presentation followed by 45 minutes of questions & answers. Usually begins mid-January and runs for 8 weeks. The 2022 series will be held virtually. There is a small fee to attend, but it is free for students in high school or college. Check the GCIV website (www.gciv.org) in December for more information. Also available: the 2021 televised Great Decisions series on YouTube highlighting eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans.
Update as of December 2021: The 2022 Lecture series begins on Thursday, February 3rd, at 7:30 PM and will be virtual using Zoom. The series will be free to students but registration is required. See the GCIV website below for general information, but email Bob McCormick at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to register.
Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) [Promotes Citizen Diplomacy]
The mission of the Georgia Council for International Visitors (GCIV) is to foster professional, cultural and educational experiences that connect Georgia citizens and international leaders to cultivate positive global change. Their vision is to be the Georgia organization that allows every citizen the opportunity to be more globally engaged through people to people connections. GCIV is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1962. They work with the U.S. Department of State to develop a broad spectrum of professional and cultural exchange programs for emerging global leaders. Their non-partisan citizen diplomacy programs provide Georgians with unique opportunities to share best practices, insights, and friendship with distinguished visitors to the United States. GCIV administers the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program in Georgia. Launched in 1940, the IVLP seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders. U.S. ambassadors consistently rank the IVLP as most effective in a long list of public diplomacy tools at their disposal. In 2001 their national network was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for its efforts to foster international understanding. There is a membership fee to join.
Global Atlanta [Information about Cultural Events & Business / Webinars]
For more than 20 years, Global Atlanta has been the only publication devoted to tracking Atlanta's rise as a center for international business, education and culture. Their free daily newsletter and weekly briefing have information and articles about international business and cultural events as well as international job opportunities. They also host many globally focused events including Consular Conversations, which feature discussions about international issues with members of the Atlanta Consular Corps. (There is a small fee for the Consular Conversations, but check with me to see if I can get you in for free.)
Website to sign up for free Global Atlanta Daily: https://www.globalatlanta.com/newsletters
Kids4Peace [Interfaith Youth Peacebuilding]
[Note: Not to be confused with Kids for Peace which is a different organization.]
Founded in Jerusalem in 2002, Kids4Peace is a global interfaith youth movement, dedicated to ending conflict and inspiring hope in divided societies around the world. Through a network of local chapters, Kids4Peace operates award-winning dialogue, leadership and social action programs for over 500 youth in Jerusalem, North America and Europe. Kids4Peace believes youth have the power to bring new questions and new answers to the struggle for peace and justice. In the face of violence, hatred and injustice, they connect youth from across religious and social divides and give them tools to be agents of change. Their vision is to create a global movement of peace leaders and activists who transform divided societies into communities of lasting peace.
More information can be found at: https://k4p.org/our-story
Parents For Peace [Programs against Extremism]
Parents For Peace’s mission is to support families, friends, and communities concerned about someone becoming involved with extremism. We do this by operating a helpline to provide guidance and early intervention, raising public awareness, and advocating for increased oversight in the social media space.
Rangel International Affairs Program [Enrichment and Fellowships]
The Charles B. Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. There are two major components to the Rangel Program:
For College Undergraduates
The Rangel Undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S. foreign policy during a summer program at Howard University.
This is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program usually selects participants (known as “Rangel Scholars”) each year from universities throughout the United States. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.
The Program has two major parts. First, in order to enhance participants’ academic preparation to work in international affairs, the Program provides two courses and a seminar that focuses on enhancing knowledge and skills related to U.S. foreign policy, economics and writing. In addition, in order to provide greater insight into the foreign policy-making process and international affairs careers, the Rangel Program introduces the participants to a wide range of government and non-government professionals who work on global issues and also arranges visits to various institutions involved in international affairs. The Program also helps students explore graduate school, scholarship, fellowship, internship, and professional options in international affairs. The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day. It also provides a stipend of $3,200.
Eligibility Requirements for the Summer Enrichment Program:
§ Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, with at least sophomore status on the date of the application deadline.
§ Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
§ Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
[Note: The application process for the Summer Enrichment program is open until February 15, 2022].
For College Graduates:
The Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy. The Rangel Program selects outstanding Rangel Fellows annually in a highly competitive nationwide process and supports them through two years of graduate study, internships, mentoring, and professional development activities. This program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Fellows who successfully complete the program and Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy. Students who accept this fellowship must finish the program and agree to work for the Department of State for five years. Failure to do so may result in having to repay the cost of the program to the federal government.
[Note: The application process for the 2022 Graduate Fellowship program is now closed. Check
with the Rangel Program early in 2021 about the application process for 2023.]
Transformative Peace [Peacebuilding Training / Free Webinars]
Transformative Peace is a values driven consultancy dedicated to conflict prevention and peacebuilding. They work with governments, international organizations and civil society groups to change how communities engage with challenges and build sustainable peace. The Founder and Executive Director Dr. Houda Abadi, was the first recipient of the AIDL Peacebuilder Award. Transformative Peace often offers free webinars. Check their website for more information.
[Note: Note to be confused with TransformativePeace.org which is a different organization]
United States Institute of Peace [Conflict Resolution/Peacebuilding Programs]
The United States Institute of Peace is a national, nonpartisan, independent institute, founded by Congress and dedicated to the proposition that a world without violent conflict is possible, practical, and essential for U.S. and global security. In conflict zones abroad, the Institute works with local partners to prevent, mitigate, and resolve violent conflict. To reduce future crises and the need for costly interventions, USIP works with governments and civil societies to build local capacities to manage conflict peacefully. The Institute pursues its mission by linking research, policy, training, analysis, and direct action to support those who are working to build a more peaceful, inclusive world.
World Affairs Council (WAC) [Webinars / World Issues]
The World Affairs Council of Atlanta is a non-partisan, membership and grant-supported organization. Their mission is to provide a forum for informed discussion of the global affairs that impact Metro Atlanta and support the city’s transformation into an international economic hub. Since 2010, the Council has organized hundreds of programs exploring a diverse array of critical global issues. Council programs include: discussions with diplomats, global business leaders, and country experts; monthly member-organized forums; Young (college age) Leaders conference, briefings, and socials; annual Global Health Conference. There is a membership fee for joining WAC, but non-members can attend some of the lectures for a minimal fee per lecture.
World Learning – The Experiment Digital | Stevens Initiative [Youth Exchanges]
The Experiment Digital, implemented by World Learning, is a two-month summer virtual exchange program that helps high school-aged youth become more civically engaged by empowering them to plan and execute a community service project. Through interactive modules on leadership, community issues, and digital citizenship, participants will gain 21st century global competency skills.
News Literacy Project
NLP, a nonpartisan national education nonprofit, provides programs and resources for educators and the public to teach, learn and share the skills needed to be smart, active consumers of news and information and equal and engaged participants in a democracy.
Sustainability and the Environment
Center for Hard to Recycle Materials (CHaRM)
CHaRM stands for The Center for Hard to Recycle Materials. It is a permanent drop-off facility that aims to improve our environmental health by encouraging reuse and diverting thousands of pounds of household hazardous waste, bulky trash and other hard to recycle items from Metro-Atlanta landfills and water systems.
The WaterHub is an award winning, on-site water recycling system on the Emory University campus. It is the first system of its kind to be installed in the United States, and it utilizes eco-engineering processes to clean waste water for future non-potable uses. All public tours of the facility are led by trained Emory undergraduate and graduate students.
The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper works to protect and restore the Chattahoochee River Basin through five core program areas: Education, water planning & conservation, water quality monitoring, legislative work & enforcement, and in-stream trash removal. Check out their website for information about their frequent projects.
Sister Rivers: The Chattahoochee (Georgia, USA) and the Tisza (Budapest, Hungary)
The Sister Rivers project grew out of a presentation that Mr. Gary Hanko, the Director of the Hungarian Association of Environmental Enterprises and the Plastic Cup, gave to the 2021 AIDL Sustainability Workshop. The purpose of this project is to share "best practices" for promoting healthy rivers and to encourage people in both Hungary and the US to participate in organizations that protect rivers and their watersheds. Students of all ages are encouraged to learn about these two great rivers and to participate in upcoming events. Sign up for email notices by following this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfoi2TRomUvMhsq1LkLz0Y8d5ZS_xBxHpvbUmAPP1TmcyNcBA/viewform?usp=sf_link
Global Public Health
The Experiment Leadership Institute
The Experiment Leadership Institute offers a highly competitive, fully funded program for participants with demonstrated interest in intercultural leadership, global issues, and civic engagement. This program is carefully designed to provide students with the extraordinary opportunity to acquire key skills and intercultural competencies necessary to become an effective leader through an international experience coupled with pre- and post-travel workshops. Participants also complete a post-program project with the continued guidance of Experiment mentors and a small stipend.
The Experiment Leadership Institute offers a four-week program in India specifically focused on leadership development. This program fosters discussions on critical global issues in public health, human rights, and social change. The Experiment Leadership Institute promotes understanding of these and other global issues and provides insight into what communities are doing to address these challenges.
Optional College Credit
You have the option of enrolling in a college-level course that accompanies The Experiment Leadership Institute experience. Credit may be subject to approval by your institution.
· Intensive four-day Leadership Seminar in Washington, D.C. Based on a powerful experiential leadership curriculum, the Leadership Seminar includes training, workshops, field trips, group exercises, and discussions with political and NGO leaders to lay the foundation for working toward social change.
· Three-week immersive program in India. See The Experiment Leadership Institute’s individual program page for details about the program.
· Three days of project planning sessions at the School for International Training (SIT) in Brattleboro, Vermont. You’ll have workshops and brainstorming sessions on designing a post-program project.
· Work with Leadership Institute mentors throughout your senior year to complete a project in your own community.
A Full Scholarship Program
Fifteen competitive, fully funded scholarships for students accepted to The Experiment Leadership Institute are available through the generous support of individual donors.
International Applicants: The Experiment Leadership Institute welcomes and encourages international students to apply. International applicants should note that due to the high variability of international airfare, the flight from your home country to Washington, D.C., at the beginning of the program and from Vermont back to your home country at the program’s conclusion will not be covered by The Experiment. Please contact The Experiment admissions office for more information.
Be rising seniors who are 16 to 18 years old at the time of the program
Have a high school graduation year of 2021
Demonstrate community leadership or commitment to academic pursuits
Obtain a passport that is valid through at least February 2
The CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp
CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp (DDC) is an interdisciplinary educational program organized by the CDC Museum. DDC reflects the museum’s mission of educating the public about CDC’s work. This academic day camp is held at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Admission is open to high-school students during the summer before their junior or senior years. During camp students are immersed in the diverse field of public health.
Topics vary year to year, but may include: public health interventions, global health, infectious disease, chronic disease, injury prevention, data analysis, surveys, school wellness programs, violence prevention, environmental health, emergency preparedness, outbreaks, scientific communication, laboratory technology, disease surveillance, epidemiology, and public health law. Camp is a fast paced, academically demanding program. Participants are expected to fully immerse themselves, work together, and become a diverse team of disease detectives!
Please check back in mid-December for the 2021 camp application.
Promoting Peace through Education
Our programs for young people encourage good leadership, engagement in community, and building bridges based on trust. We believe that peace education is a necessity in a democracy.