Tuesday, May 15, 2018


In today's Civitas newsletter: 
  • Terrific Middle School HONORS Model UN last Saturday
  • Civitas Urban Go-Team 2018 begins on Tuesday, May 29
  • Game Changers Night at the Ballpark -- June 26
  • Summer book club -- July 14
  • This past week at the United Nations
  • Calendar of Events
  • Important Civitas Links
It's Getting Hot Out There --Honors Model UN Tackles Climate Change
NOTE: Photos from Honors Model U.N. will be available next week.

Apparently great minds do not all think alike, as this past Saturday's Honors Model UN sessions illustrated. Nearly 100 middle schoolers from 20 different schools participated in one of two 3-hour events that involved new challenges for modeling the United Nations. The first was to work in small groups to write the operative clauses of a partially finished resolution on Climate Change. Immediately students got to work sharing knowledge and opinions, provoking great discussion (and some debate!) at every table. Each group had a fact sheet and discussion questions related to one of five areas. Group 1 tackled storms and natural disasters. Group 2 addressed the causes of climate change, including a look at the countries responsible for the highest CO 2 emissions. The task of Group 3 was to create a plan that would help humans and/or animals whose habitats are in danger, while group 4 looked at refugees who have already been displaced because of climate change effects. Last, but arguably most important, Group 5 brainstormed ways to fund this comprehensive plan and how to allocate the funding.
Once each group had two operative clauses written and presented them to the whole assembly, each clause was questioned and revised with input from a variety of speakers until final operative clauses were created. Delegates then voted on each individual clause. Both the morning and afternoon groups accepted many clauses, but rejected a few others for thoughtful and interesting reasons, as many students shared. Many of the clause votes were very close, passing or failing by just a single vote, indicating the divided perspectives of countries with different needs and accountability. After much planning, revising, and voting on all 10 operative clauses, a final vote on the entire resolution was cast. The finished resolutions for both the a.m. and p.m. sessions passed, confirming the power of compromise to tackle a huge issue affecting everyone. We will have access to the finished resolutions in next week's e-newsletter. 
A quick, energetic activity of prioritizing additional global concerns the UN should address by lobbying and voting concluded each session. See those final lists below.
The Honors Model UN is a favorite activity for the Civitas staff and volunteers every spring. Seeing informed and passionate 6 th, 7 th, and 8 th graders collaborate with one another on topics that perplex many adults is invigorating and comforting. We look forward to seeing many of the Honors students next year at future Civitas events.

UN Priority Lists
At each Honors Model UN session, students suggested, with a brief description of why, global issues that they thought were important for the UN to address. We excluded Climate Change, since we had already written a resolution for it. After 8 issues were listed, students had time to lobby for the ones they felt were most important. We then took a final vote to create a priority list. Each delegate had two votes. The results are below.
  • World Water Crisis (suggested by Zimbabwe)-received 14 votes
  • Refugees (suggested by Finland)-received 4 votes
  • Human Trafficking (suggested by Nigeria)-received 21 votes
  • Peace between North & South Korea (suggested by Ireland)-received 3 votes
  • World Peace (suggested by Panama)-received 2 votes
  • Slavery (suggested by Japan)-received 6 votes
  • Equality/Equal Rights (suggested by Norway)-received 17 votes
  • Bees/Animal Conservation (suggested by United Kingdom)-received 14 votes
  1. Human Trafficking
  2. Equality/Equal Rights
  3. World Water Crisis & Bees/Animal Conservation
  • Disarming Nuclear Weapons (suggested by India)-received7votes
  • Poverty (suggested by India)-received3votes
  • Starvation/Malnutrition (suggested by Ireland)-received 22 votes
  • World Peace/Ending War (suggested by China)-received 6 votes
  • Refugees (suggested by Thailand)-received 5 votes
  • Human Trafficking (suggested by Germany)-received 15 votes
  • Education (suggested by Spain)-received 18 votes
  • Overpopulation (suggested by Poland)-received 10 votes
  1. Starvation/Malnutrition
  2. Education
  3. Human Trafficking
Civitas Urban Go-Team 2018 beings on Tues., May 29
Civitas summer begins each year with Urban Go-Team, a four-day program filled with field trips and interesting speakers, always with a theme related to active citizenship. This year we have a potpourri of activities, some focusing on Campaign 2018; some on the revitalization of St. Louis; some on the history of racial segregation in our area; and a couple of special facility tours in mid-Missouri.

Eighteen Game-Changer students qualified to be in Urban Go-Team 2018 and have accepted our invitation. They come from the following schools: Collegiate, Crossroads, Fort Zumwalt East, Francis Howell, Home School Network, Lafayette, McKinley, S.L.U.H., St. Joseph's and Webster Groves.

We will post a detailed schedule in next week's Civitas e-newsletter.
Civitas Game Changers Night at the Ballpark

Thirty high school students attended five or more Civitas events this school year and qualified as game changers. One of the benefits of being a Game Changer is that you get a free ticket to CIVITAS GAME CHANGER NIGHT AT THE BALLPARK. This year the game is on Tuesday, June 26 against the 2016 American League Pennant Winners and Current AL-Central Division leading Cleveland Indians. It will be a battle of rust cities and the great citizens who love to root for their teams.

We ask that students be at the ballpark at 6:45 PM (first pitch at 7:15 PM).  Meet at Gate 1.

Our 2017-18 student Game Changers are:

Katie Barefield; Lafayette, 2020
Megan Bernstein; Ladue, 2018
Kaitlyn Biondolino; Metro, 2019
Justine Gacho; Lindbergh, 2020
Kat Gluesenkamp; Lafayette, 2019
Maggie Hannick; St. Joe's, 2019
Kat Heddens-Kocher; Webster, 2020
Nicole Hentges; Nerinx, 2019
Sara Isaacson; St. Joe's, 2019
Gabe Lepak; S.L.U.H., 2019
Sophie Lodes; St. Joe's, 2018
Mathias Malewicz; Home Sch, 2021
Laura Marks; Collegiate, 2019
Ella Miget; Lafayette, 2020
Alexia Nastasia; Lindbergh, 2023

Jade Nguyen; Ft. Zum. E., 2018
Eavan O'Neil; Webster, 2019
Susie Parker; Collegiate, 2019
Isabella Reed; Fran. How., 2020
Anna Sadlo; St. Joe's, 2019
Nikki Schnelker; Inc. Wd., 2019
Emily Scott; Fran. How., 2020
Claire Shackleford; St Joe's, 2018
Addison Steinbach; Xrds, 2021
Claire Stolze; McKinley, 2020
Aeeda Talukder; Pattonville, 2019
Malayka Walton; Lafayette, 2020
Justin Wayne; Ladue, 2019
Ethan Weihl; Webster, 2020
Alexander Williams; Xrds, 2020
Invitations with more information are forthcoming this week.
Civitas Summer Book Club -- a magazine article

Do you sleep with your smartphone? If your answer is yes because you use it as an alarm clock, consider options. Is it across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off? Or is it under your pillow so IF you wake up in middle of the night you can check and see "what's happening" on your Instagram? Or see if a friend has texted? According to Dr. Jean Twenge, sleeping with phones is just one of many behaviors brand new for the generation currently in middle school, high school, and college. A psychology professor at San Diego State University, Dr. Twenge has written many articles and books about profiles of generations. Her newest book,
iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy-and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood-and What That Means for the Rest of Us, takes a close look at the generation born between 1995 and 2012. Following Millennials, the first generation with World Wide Web access, iGen is defined as having the Internet, "ever present." The oldest turned 12 the year the iPhone was released, and socializing has changed dramatically for them compared to previous generations. Some of the iGen characteristics are very positive. Who can argue the benefits of instant knowledge always in the palm of our hands? But some characteristics are a bit negative.
We hope iGen members will join us on Saturday, July 14 (Sign up by clicking here) to discuss an article Dr. Twenge wrote for The Atlantic last fall. You can link to the article here: iGen article. Feel free to tackle the whole book, too, but the article covers the main ideas that we're sure will prompt many opinions, contradictions, defenses, and predictions to discuss. The plan, since it's summer, is to start at 10:00 am and talk until noon. And for those interested, we might head somewhere for lunch together afterwards.

What are the two most important questions
 of the 21st Century?

This question will be the focus of the 2018 annual meeting of Citizens for Global Solutions in St. Louis on Sunday, May 20. The guest speaker will be David Gallup, president & general counsel of the World Service Authority, an organization that educates about and promotes world citizenship & universal rights. The event is at the Ethical Society of St. Louis, 9001 Clayton Road; 63117 (map) at 3:00 PM. For more information and to reserve a spot for the option dinner, click here

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 NOTE: All Civitas Activities are free of charge 
Tuesday, May 29 - Friday, June 1
Urban Go-Team 2018
Home Base: Civitas Office; 10845 Olive Blvd., Suite #155; 63141 (map)
June 26

6:45 - 10:30 PM (end time of games vary)
Civitas Game Changers Night at the Ballpark (vs. Cleveland Indians)
Busch Stadium III; 700 Clark Ave, St. Louis, MO 63102 (map)
July 14
10:00 AM - 12:00 Noon
Civitas Summer Book Club on Atlantic Magazine synopsis of iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy-and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood-and What That Means for the Rest of Us by Jean M. Twenge //

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