Community Problem Solving (CmPS) Component


Why Community Problem Solving? 

Today’s students will be running the world in the 21st century. What better way to prepare them to do so than by teaching them to think systematically about problematic situations, to gather information, to understand the situation, and to evaluate multiple solutions in order to best address the situation? Students involved in CmPS learn very powerful lessons about creating change, about dealing with local authorities and organizations, and about making an impact. The implementation of real solutions gives students a strong sense of accomplishment and helps them to see the practical applications of the processes and skills that they have been learning. 


What is Community Problem Solving?

 Community Problem Solving (CmPS) is a group or individual activity in which students identify real problems in the school or community and implement real solutions. Students use the steps and skills of the problem solving process from the Future Problem Solving Program as they work on the project. However, since real life is not always as organized as an academic exercise, the process may not proceed neatly from step one through step six. Also, projects may take more than one year to complete.


Who can participate in CmPS?

Students may participate in CmPS in three divisions: Junior (grades 4-6), Middle (grades 7-9), and Senior (grades 10-12). Having a background in the Global Issues Problem Solving Component is a great start for students in CmPS, but it is not required. If students have not been involved with FPS, they will to need to be taught the problem solving process as part of their community problem solving experience. CmPS can be pursued as an extracurricular activity or as part of the regular school curriculum.


 What is the composition for team CmPS?

 Group CmPS projects are typically executed by 5 – 15 members. Should the team qualify for State Competition, however, a maximum of 15 students may participate in the display set up, the interview, and the CmPS Showcase. A maximum of 15 awards will be given at the State Competition. A smaller group may work on a team project, although our experienced Evaluators strongly suggest a minimum team size of 5 students. If a smaller team is required, please communicate with the CmPS Coordinator with a request and supported reasons. Naturally, an Individual CmPS project is executed by one person.


How can I get started with my students?

 All CmPS materials are available free of charge, including: guidelines for submission, samples of recent CmPS projects, coaching techniques, and official entry cover sheets. Email your request to Florida CmPS Coordinator Barbi Miller at

The newest due dates are included on the website calendar.


CmPS resources are also available from the FPS International catalog at

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Direct any questions to the Florida CmPS Coordinator Barbi Miller

To have your CmPS project included on FPSP International’s website, Coaches should submit your project’s highlights to Include the project name, Affiliate Program, a brief highlight, pictures or links, and if visitors can contact you for more information.

To enhance problem solving skills, research, and coaching tips, check out the materials available from FPS International by clicking here: