What is Community Problem Solving?
Community Problem Solving (CmPS) bridges the gap between school and the real world. Students involved in CmPS learn powerful lessons about creating change, about dealing with local authorities and organizations, and about making a positive impact. Students in both team and individual CmPS apply problem solving strategies and skills to real-world concerns. 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. The top projects are invited to the International Conference each year in June.
An example of Community Problem Solving:
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.
How do you register for Community Problem Solving?
Each Affiliate Program of FPSPI determines its own processes and fees for registration and entries.
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If your Affiliate does not offer the Community Problem Solving component. We can offer this component through FPSPI Mentoring.
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2019 FPS International Conference CmPS Champion Books
These books include each project’s report, addendum, evaluations, along with a link to each project’s media presentations.
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