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Polls and declining voter turnout suggest that Americans are growing more frustrated with their government’s ability to address the areas of society that need the most attention. Perhaps worse is that they feel that they are powerless to bring about positive change, and lack the necessary resources to take back control of their own communities.

The Institute for Domestic and International Affairs, Inc. (IDIA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing innovative educational opportunities to students of all ages so they may better understand their role in global and domestic civil society.  In order for the voting age population to be active participants in government and community, it is important that younger populations have an in-depth and compelling understanding of their responsibilities both to their government and to their fellow citizens.

To fulfill its mission, IDIA sponsors a variety of programs and initiatives designed to make government and society more accessible and understandable by way of educational simulation and other proven teaching methods. These programs offer students the chance to be immersed in the processes of diplomacy, conflict resolution, and negotiation, while experiencing the intricate nature of varied governmental systems.  IDIA also offers a host of resources for teachers to become more effective in the classroom environment.

Founded in 1992, IDIA has grown from a small non-profit organization serving local regions to a multifaceted organization impacting people around the world. While our first programs attracted just over one hundred people, IDIA programming now attracts more than 2,000 students each year from across the United States and around the world.  Since its founding, IDIA has positively impacted more than 20,000 participating students, developing educated voters, active community leaders, and future scholars.

IDIA provides the most rewarding educational experiences possible by moving students from benign classroom settings to more conducive learning environments.  Our issues for debate are timely and well-researched, and our conferences focus on important areas of global and domestic concern, ranging from such concepts as representative democracy to minority voice; from the interrelation of international interests to the implications of partisan politics in the United States. 

For more detailed explanations regarding our educational programming, please go to our programs page.

If at any time you have any question or would like further information about our organization, please do not hesitate to contact us at idiainfo@idia.net.

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