If you want to know how bright the future is for San Clemente, high school freshmen Sophia Mains and Chloe Kamp can give you a glimpse. Mains and Kamp have been leading the San Clemente High School branch of Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) since the beginning of the school year.
FPSPI is an international organization with a mission, according to FPSPI.org, “to develop the ability of young people globally to design and promote positive futures through problem-solving using critical and creative thinking.”
As leaders of the Future Problem Solvers at SCHS, Mains and Kamp have been encouraging the youth in San Clemente to lead active, healthy lives. In the fall, the girls met with various figures in the community to discuss issues facing San Clemente locals. Through conversations with the assistant principal of SCHS, the City Manager, and the Parks and Recreation Director, they decided to focus on childhood obesity.
In October 2016, Mains and Kamp held their first club meeting at the high school. In February 2017, they gave presentations at three local elementary schools: Marblehead, Las Palmas and Vista Del Mar. Through the presentations, the elementary schoolchildren were informed about nutrition and fitness and played interactive games.
Mains and Kamp ensured those in attendance, “It doesn’t have to be boring to be healthy and eat your veggies. It should be fun.”
The girls also held a “Food, Fitness and Fun Fair” at Marblehead Park on February 11, 2017. With the help of sponsors like Orangetheory Fitness, California Junior Lifeguards, Redline Athletics, Fox and others, as well as funds they secured from a Disney Summer of Service Grant, Mains and Kamp were able to provide a fun and informative experience for some of the children and their family members in the community.
So far in their efforts, the girls have been successful. Mains says their goal from the beginning was to help their community however possible and have fun doing it. Kamp was surprised by the attention they received. The girls quickly went from handing out flyers to getting press coverage. It showed Kamp the power of using her voice.
“It showed me how our voices can be heard,” she says. “If we really try to do something to help, our voices can be heard.”