Alsion students from 9th to 12th grade join the World Savvy World Challenge every year. The challenge has been held in San Francisco State University in March.
World Savvy, an organization founded in San Francisco by Dana Mortenson and Madiha Murshed, seeks to equip middle and high school students with the knowhow and tools necessary to be relevant global citizens. It “prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work and thrive. [It] supports systemic change in K-12 education to provide every student in every classroom with the content knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to be leaders and changemakers in their diverse communities, locally and globally.”
Each year, World Savvy sets a theme (say, sustainability) and students mine it for issues that affect us all on local, domestic and worldwide levels. After months of research, discussion and consultation, students present their findings via different events held during World Challenge Day. Numerous schools from northern California compete with each other during this day.
At Alsion, World Savvy is taught as an after-school program. During off-hours from their academic work, students work as teams to accomplish the following tasks for the World Challenge:
- a 15-minute performance that reveals the team’s chosen issue and possible solutions for it
- an exhibit that serves as a visual representation of the team’s thematic focus
- a 15-minute video documentary that narrates the team’s chosen topic and how it should be addressed
- a Knowledge to Action Plan that seeks to outline real-world implementation to each team’s solution for the issue it highlighted
For our students’ World Savvy efforts, they have garnered individual and team recognition and awards. Best of all, World Savvy showcases their limitless creativity, mature cooperation, and genuine concern for society at large.