FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2011
Contact: Janie Guyton Shields
Crossroads after-school program team to represent Mississippi at international conference
COLUMBUS, Miss. – A Crossroads after-school program team, which includes students from Columbus High, will represent the state of Mississippi at the 2011 international competition for its community problem solving project.
The conference will take place June 9-12 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) engages students in creative problem solving. It was created to stimulate critical and creative thinking skills and encourage students to develop a vision for the future.
Crossroads had two teams that applied their problem solving skills to a current community problem after competing in the Mississippi Affiliate, Future Problem Solving Program International Bowl held at Mississippi University for Women in March. Using the FPS problem-solving model, students implemented an action plan to address the community problems they chose to help solve.
The first place team helped develop a solution for the lack of positive role models at their school and in their community. They hosted a Youth Forum and conducted an interactive presentation for the middle school Crossroads students—covering topics such as obesity, exercise and bullying. The team called S.W.A.G.G. (Students With A Great Goal) will compete internationally.
Wish in a Backpack team placed second. Members collected school supplies and toiletries for underprivileged children and donated the supplies to the Father’s Child Ministries for distribution. The team worked to solve the problem of students going to school unprepared and as a result having to deal with ridicule.
Ivey Ivy, who serves as youth development specialist for the MUW Roger F. Wicker Center for Creative Learning, runs the after school program.
Crossroads is a project of the Center for Creative Learning that serves a group of students from the Columbus Municipal School District. The goal of the project is to provide a safe and enriching environment for students outside of regular school hours. The after-school and summer programs address the following student needs: academic enrichment, leadership and personal development skills, cultural and artistic enrichment, health and fitness and recreation.