Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) provides the tools and strategies students need to face the challenges of today and the future. What better way to prepare students for their future than by teaching them to think systematically about problematic situations, gathering information to understand the situation, and to evaluate multiple solutions in order to best address the situation? Students involved in Community Problem Solving (CmPS) learn powerful lessons about creating change, about dealing with local authorities and organizations, and about making a positive impact. The top Community Problem Solving projects are invited to the FPSP International Conference in June.
What is the process?
Students in both team and individual Community Problem Solving apply problem solving strategies and skills to real-world concerns. Community Problem Solving teams can be composed of as few as two or three students or as large as an entire class or group. Projects may focus on categories such as Civic and Cultural Issues, Education, Environment, Health Concerns, and Human Services.
What does CmPS do?
Community Problem Solving bridges the gap between school and the real world. A junior division team of fourth and fifth grade students from East Orange, New Jersey were aware of the attraction and dangers of gang membership. The team, PEGASUS (Peers Educating Gang Awareness: Stopping Unnecessary Suffering) knew gangs gave one a sense of belonging and security. They discovered the hours between 3 PM and 6 PM were the most tempting for gang involvement. As an alternative, PEGASUS engaged students in "caring and productive" after school activities. Not only did they communicate the problems of gang involvement to elementary children in their community, the students created gang awareness banners, bulletin boards, an oath, sign, and flag as daily reminders against gangs. CmPS team members were also involved in educating the school’s parents about the dangers of gang membership.
Current CmPS Projects in Action
Future Problem Solvers is highlighting the outstanding work being accomplished by our Community Problem Solvers.
Discover what current Community Problem Solving teams and individuals are doing to promote their causes.
View CmPS Projects in Action Here.
See sample of CmPS project report
See sample of CmPS project addendum
The CmPS Champions Book includes the Beyonder, Grand Champion, and First Place Community Problem Solving projects from the International Conference.
Also included each project’s report, addendum, evaluations, and media presentations. Along with a link to each project's video presentations.