One World Academy

The One World Academy is a seven-week, out-of-school-time program that prepares a select group of fifty students for the public showcasing of their work. Students learn how to transform their detailed argumentative essays, developed through One World’s in-school programming, into persuasive oral presentations. By the time they complete their seven weeks of afterschool preparation, students are able to:

  • Present evidence and demonstrate valid reasoning to support their claim;
  • Organize their talking points in a logical manner with an emphasis on fluid transitions to engage the audience;
  • Speak with enthusiasm, consistent eye contact, good posture, appropriate volume, and confidence.

A team of One World volunteer mentors work with students either individually or in small groups, polishing the students’ presentations and helping them to overcome their fears about speaking to a large audience. Students are strongly encouraged to practice their presentations repeatedly with their mentors and at home to prepare for their big day. Students earn up to $10,000 in college scholarships and other academic prizes for participating.