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 Youth Town Meeting

Each year, more than 700 high school students participate in WorldLink's Youth Town Meeting (YTM), where they meet with representatives from public and private organizations. YTMs are grounded in the belief that youth have much to offer and much to gain from discussion with experts and professionals regarding the complexities and challenges of international affairs. 

Learn more about the YTM by watching the video produced by WorldLink intern Ninett Rodriguez below.

Read more about the student-selected YTM themes in the WorldLink Reader

WorldLink 19th Annual Youth Town Meeting

"Youth's Influence on the World:

For Better or Worse"

Addressing five subtopics: Social, Economic, Environmental, Policy, Technology
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 
Check-in opens at 7:15 a.m.  |  8:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.
University of San Diego

This event is by invitation only. If you'd like to get involved as a student, volunteer or sponsor, please email Debbie M. Martinez at

Apply to be a Moderator, Journalist or Photographer

High school students who would like to take a leadership role during the YTM are encouraged to sign up as a conference moderator, journalist or photographer.

Moderators are responsible for:

  • running the conference briefing sessions
  • introducing their assigned speaker(s)
  • keeping the speaker(s) to his/her allotted time
  • running the question-and-answer period
  • maintaining the flow of and mediating discussions

Journalists/Photographers are given a press pass during the YTM and are responsible for:

  • documenting the various sessions and day's activities, under the direction of the student Editor-In-Chief (for students interested in applying for the Editor-In-Chief position, please see WorldLink Spring Internship.)
  • producing article(s)/photos that will make up WorldLink's 16-page newspaper - a publication distributed to more than 2,000 students, teachers, community leaders, donors and potential donors all over the world.

Applications: Students interested in applying to be a moderator, journalist or photographer must email an essay to Debbie M. Martinez at by Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 at 4 p.m. The essay should include the following:

  1. Name, School, Grade, Email Address.
  2. Which position are you interested in and why? Why do you believe you are qualified?
  3. Of all the topics we are delving into this year, which one are you most interested in and why?
  4. Have you attended a WorldLink Youth Town Meeting before? If so, please state your past role (student delegate, moderator, journalist or photographer).
  5. Journalist/Photographer applicants: Would you like to be a copy/photo editor and/or Spanish translator during the Spring semester?

Important Dates for Applicants

Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 Deadline for application essays
Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016  Moderator Training (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.), Journalist and Photographer Training (2 - 4 p.m.)
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016 WorldLink 19th Annual Youth Town Meeting

Apply to Volunteer

If you are interested in taking part in this incredible event, please contact Debbie M. Martinez at This is a great opportunity for our community to serve as mentors for high school students from San Diego and Baja Mexico, and to connect with leading experts in the field of international affairs. Breakfast and lunch are provided for volunteers on the day of the event.

Volunteer Time Slots: 
All day (strongly preferred): 6:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Morning: 6:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 
Afternoon: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sponsor a School

To respond to the economic crisis that has deeply affected local school budgets on both sides of the border, WorldLink is seeking school sponsorships. A $2,000 donation covers a school delegation’s (30 students, 2 chaperones) transportation, breakfast, lunch, conference materials and a contribution toward a guest speaker’s travels. To sponsor a school or partially support our program, please contact Debbie M. Martinez at

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