WorldLink for Youth
Institute for Peace and Justice

Contact: Debbie Martinez
Phone: (619) 260-7568
Fax: (619) 260-7570

Location: KIPJ Room 130
Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

WorldLink for Youth

Connecting Youth to Global Affairs

WorldLink is a year-round, practice-based program that provides opportunities for high school youth from San Diego and Baja Mexico to meet world leaders and experts. 

Through WorldLink’s innovative and experiential focus on global education, students learn about issues facing us locally and internationally, and engage in thoughtful discussions about solutions in a forum where their voices are heard and valued.

Our Mission

WorldLink's mission is to:

  • Promote international awareness and understanding among students.
  • Encourage critical thinking about international dynamics that are shaping global policies and economies, as well as local cultures and communities.
  • Stimulate discussion among young people, leaders, and activists about challenges in our multifaceted and interconnected world.
  • Provide a forum for curious and informed youth to add their voices to a civil atmosphere of problem solving.
  • Inspire youth to consider and model responsible global citizenship.


Initiated in 1997 as a youth education program of the World Affairs Council of San Diego, WorldLink aimed to bring students and teachers unique, first-hand learning opportunities. 

WorldLink moved to the University of San Diego in late 1998, which is also the site of the annual WorldLink Youth Town Meeting. In January each year, high school students from San Diego, Baja Mexico and from around the world gather in a free conference to consider global concerns from a local perspective. 

Global leaders representative of public and private organizations, government agencies, and other sectors bring their experiences to student delegates. Leading activists address topics that have ranged from global migration to human rights, and share this event with student moderators and delegates. Student journalists and photographers from a number of participating high schools produce their own newspaper on the Youth Town Meeting, covering the topics and stories from their perspectives.

Help Support Our Mission!

The WorldLink Program depends on gifts and grants from generous people like you. High school students pay no fees or costs for WorldLink activities, allowing diverse youth from different schools and socioeconomic backgrounds to participate. Donations cover transportation and lodging for out-of-town presenters, conference materials and complimentary meals, the publication and distribution of the WorldLink newspaper, year-round student forums and internships, and other crucial expenses.

Join our efforts to transform today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through your support of WorldLink! Give today.

For more information about participating in WorldLink, please contact program officer, Debbie Martinez.

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