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How are Community Project topics picked?

Students choose the project themselves. This is not a teacher or coach decision. Community Projects vary considerably in size and time frame. The most successful ideas gain community support and inspire students to make real change. Coaches may guide students to determine how to narrow down their scope to something achievable.

Examples of past topics

Often students choose to improve something within their school or their community. Others focus on raising awareness for a good cause or community resource. Still others prefer hands-on service to support an existing community need. 

Addressing a community need

Increasing Access to Fresh Food in Food Desert • Connecting Students Ready to Work with Employers • Improving Children’s Safety Online • Encouraging Students to Unplug From Technology • Increasing Resources for an Animal Shelter • Improving Smartphone Skills in the Elderly • Supporting Children’s Literacy • Addressing Substance Abuse • Increasing Access to Books  • Increasing Access to Menstrual Products • Running Donation Drives for Underserved Community Members • Decreasing Vaping • Reducing Littering • Decreasing Deforestation • Increasing Diverse Representation in Local Candidates for Office • Decreasing Stray Cats through Humane Ways • Increasing Greening in Community • Increasing Surfer Safety • Increasing Pedestrian Safety • Increasing Volunteerism for Local Food Services • Decreasing Illegal Dumping • Organizing Donation Drive for Unhoused People •  Mitigating Impact of Pandemic

Raising awareness of a cause

Increasing Awareness of Dating Violence • Increasing Electricity Conservation • Creating Awareness of Deaf Community • Preserving of Coastal and Oceanic Ecosystem •  Increasing Mental Health Awareness • Educating about Climate Change •  Building Support for Students with Disabilities • Encouraging Disconnecting from Technology •  Educating About Coral Reef Damage • Protecting the Environment from Invasive Species • Increasing Responsible Pet Ownership •  Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence • Increasing Water Conservation • Decreasing Food Waste •  Encouraging Better Posture • Decreasing Cyberbullying • Increasing Healthy Habits • Supporting Mental Health Needs through Donations to Local Facility • Teaching Children and Parents How to Be Safe Online • Promoting Hurricane Safety • Encouraging Online Safety for Kids • Increasing Adoption Rates at Local Animal Shelter • Increasing Understanding of Pollinators

Improving our schools

Increasing Activities for Students at Recess • Supporting Acquisition of English for Multilingual Learners • Increasing Career Education in Middle School • Decreasing Learning Gaps for Underperforming Students • Restoring Outdoor Education Area • Increasing Access to STEAM Content for Students • Supporting Substitute Teachers • Decreasing Effects of Bullying • Supporting Neurodivergent Students • Increasing Play for Kids • Decreasing Food Waste at School • Supporting Academic Needs of Younger Students • Connecting Students with Opportunities After Graduation • Reducing Teachers’ Helpers Turnover • Addressing Teacher Recruitment and Retention through Marketing • Supporting Students Struggling with Academic Success • Increasing Sensory Items for Students • Educating Teachers and Students about Technology • Increasing Math Resources for Students • Reducing Single Use Plastics at School • Improving Physical Health of Students • Increasing Supplies for Teachers • Supporting Student with Emergency Medical Needs • Beautifying the School Entrance • Increasing Access to Fun Activities

Making the world a better place

Increasing Voter Turnout • Combating Fake News • Increasing Girls’ Confidence • Promoting Water Safety • Supporting Neurodivergent Students • Increasing Inclusion for Visually Impaired and Blind Students • Creating Mental Health Kits For Refugees • Building a More Dementia Friendly Society • Creating a Healthy Cookbook • Creating Website to Promote Local Businesses • Increasing Access to Healthcare • Supporting Foster Children with Essential Items • Creating Printable Board Games for Remote Learners • Starting of a Podcast Recording the Stories of Aboriginal Elders • Increasing Inclusion of Autistic Students • Increasing Access to Food for Unhoused People • Creating An App To Reduce Food Waste • Distributing Care Packages for Unhoused People • Creating a Circular Economy of Sports Equipment • Creating Emergency Housing During Disaster Relief • Creation Of Public Art Display • Adding Pianos to Public Areas to Improve Mental Health • Creating Community Spaces for Military Veterans • Providing Essential Items to Victims of Trafficking

Supporting social and emotional needs

Helping Children Cope with Change • Improving Social Connection with Music • Supporting New Students at School • Increasing Empathy • Building Resilience with Students • Empowering Students with Public Speaking Skills • Supporting Teen Mental Health through Education and Affirmations • Increasing Social Connections for Elderly Residents • Strengthening Peer Relations • Increasing Suicide Awareness • Building Anger Management Skills • Increasing Senior Citizen Well Being • Providing Mental Health Resources for Fire Service Volunteers • Raising Awareness of Depression • Increasing Awareness of Dating Violence • Supporting Local Mental Health Organization • Providing Online Social Interaction during Pandemic • Increasing Mental Health Awareness • Creating Mental Health Toolkits for Peers

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Executive Director

A seasoned educator, April Michele has served as the Executive Director since 2018 and been with Future Problem Solving more than a decade. Her background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques translates well in the development of materials, publications, training, and marketing for the organization and its global network. April’s expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking and providing quality educational services for students and adults worldwide.

Prior to joining Future Problem Solving, April taught elementary and middle grades, spending most of her classroom career in Gifted Education. She earned the National Board Certification (NBPTS) as a Middle Childhood/Generalist and later served as a National Board Assessor for the certification of others. She was trained and applied the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) in Humanities, which helped widen the educational scope and boundaries beyond the U.S. In addition, April facilitated the Theory and Development of Creativity course for state level certification of teachers. She has also collaborated on a variety of special projects through the Department of Education.

A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a master’s in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing a challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with the problem solving and ethical leadership skills they need to thrive in the future. As a board member in her local Rotary Club, she facilitates problem solving in leadership at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). She is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) from the Project Management Institute and earned her certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute at Rollins College.