Away from the borders and coasts, Kansas City-area students are often surprised to find just how many international academic and professional opportunities await them after high school. This unique college and career fair will bring together dozens of international businesses, organizations, and colleges and universities to show students just how global their future can be. Your organization’s financial contribution subsidizes student attendance and bus transportation. We encourage you to consider a sponsorship to increase your impact and visibility before, during, and after the event.
A Kansas City nonprofit organization, the International Relations Council (IRC) works in partnership with businesses, universities, community organizations, and K-12 schools to bring a global perspective to our community. We bring world leaders and dignitaries to the metro region, host forums for high-school students to interact with and learn from foreign-policy experts, and create opportunities for area business leaders to strengthen relationships abroad.
The inaugural Your Global Future college and career fair in 2018 brought together more than 500 Kansas City–area high school students and their teachers from 14 schools in nine districts. They interacted with more than 50 businesses, university programs, and community organizations. In 2019, we anticipate doubling the number of students and participating organizations.
Representation Across Sectors
Booths set up at the Kansas City Convention Center will include representatives from:
- Businesses from a range of sectors, including agriculture, architecture and design, engineering, finance, hospitality, law, medicine, sports, technology, travel and transportation, and veterinary science;
- Colleges and universities, including internationally oriented majors, clubs, and student groups;
- Ethnic and cultural groups represented in the Kansas City area;
- Government agencies;
- Kansas City-based international NGOs;
- Performing and visual arts groups and museums with global connections; and
- Study-abroad programs
Each booth includes a 10' x 10' space, a table and two chairs, and a fabric backdrop to which materials can be taped or pinned. Students will receive a map with the location of all attending organizations; we are, unfortunately, unable to guarantee a specific booth location in the fair area for standard-rate booths. Access to an electrical outlet (limited availability) will incur a $25 surcharge.
The event will be held at the Kansas City Convention Center. Student groups will arrive throughout the morning, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, and visit booths at their own pace. Organizations are welcome to arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. to set up; cleanup should be completed no later than 1 p.m. One parking voucher will be included with each booth registration.
Participating organizations should plan to be present for the duration of the event, though you are most welcome to staff your booth in shifts. Beyond sharing about your organization's work, we ask that your booth focus specifically on international college, career, and other current and future opportunities for high-school students. We also ask that individuals staffing the booths be prepared to engage students in conversations that will help them to develop their professional skills and explore possibilities for their future. Additional information and suggestions for booth content will be shared as the event approaches.
Organizations are welcome to bring giveaways for attending students. We anticipate approximately 1,000 students in grades 9-12 and their teachers from the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.
Your organization's financial contribution subsidizes student attendance and bus transportation. We encourage you to consider a sponsorship to increase your impact and visibility before, during, and after the event.
$2,500 Sustaining Sponsor – one additional parking voucher; logo in program materials; half page program ad; name listed on social media; logo on event signage, event webpage, IRC homepage, and in program materials; logo and link on IRC website for 1 year; logo on student welcome bag; promo item in student welcome bags; present in front of a group of students; two booths with electrical connection in prominent location
$1,500 Supporting Sponsor – one additional parking voucher; logo in program materials; name listed on social media; logo on event signage, event webpage, IRC homepage, and in program materials; logo and link on IRC website for 1 year; promo item in student welcome bags; present in front of a group of students; two booths with electrical connection
$750 Academic Sponsor – one additional parking voucher; name listed on social media; name on event signage, event webpage, IRC homepage, and in program materials; promo item in student welcome bags; one booth with electrical connection
$300 Standard booth (for-profit company) – add $25 for electrical connection
$200 Standard booth (college/university department, club, student group; government agency) – add $25 for electrical connection
$100 Standard booth (nonprofit organization) – add $25 for electrical connection
Click here for a printable sponsorship invitation.
Booths Already Registered in 2019 Include
- Baker University
- Burns & McDonnell
- Children's Mercy Hospital
- Commerce Bank
- Cultural Crossroads, Inc.
- Kansas State University
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Arts
- UCM Anthropology/McClure Archives and University Museum
- University of Kansas School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures
- University of Missouri
- YMCA of Greater Kansas City