Last weekend, I had the honor to help judge the regional World Savvy competition. World Savvy prepares the next generation of leaders to learn, work, and thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century. Students develop critical thinking, media literacy, global awareness, a fundamental commitment to social justice, and more. In just 10 years, World Savvy has reached 250,000 young people and 2,000 teachers across the nation.
Since October 2011, 1,500 Minnesota middle and high school students have been working as small teams, competing in this year’s World Savvy Challenge, an academic program for middle and high school students designed to build their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors for global competence. This year’s Challenge theme was sustainable communities. According to World Savvy, “From climate change to alternative energy, economic development to governing systems, sustainability is a critical issue of our times.” In the challenge, students explore the political, economic, social, and environmental aspects of building strong and lasting communities.
Governor Mark Dayton kicked off the Twin Cities regional competition in front of a huge crowd of students, teachers, coaches, and families. Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D – Minnesota) acknowledged the great work of World Savvy students in addressing large-scale problems like global warming. She said “climate change is an economic challenge that will reshape our lives” and “unless we get serious about cutting emissions sharply, the world becomes a more challenging place, and a less safe place.”
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D – Minnesota) praised the organization and the young people working to make a difference in the world. “World Savvy is about crafting innovative solutions and engaging with the world” she said. “You have the right traits to be successful. The future of the world is in your hands—and it’s in some good hands.”