Kids create 'microsociety' at St. Philips College

Summer camp teaches leadership, economic development


SAN ANTONIO – You don't usually hear words like "loan" or "business proposal" or "warehouse order form" coming from a 6th grader.

But soon-to-be 6th grader Sofia Rodriguez is the Mayor of St. Philips City.

That's the fake city created by roughly 70 kids at the college's MicroSociety Kids Camp.

All summer long, kids will work on creating the city, its constitution and government. They'll manage businesses like banks, post offices and gift shops.

"The bank was really busy that day and I had to get a loan," said Sofia, describing one of her days at camp.

"They have an opportunity to create their own society, to develop their own socialization skills- how they're going to interact with other representatives in the community," said Adena Loston, President of St. Philips. "And then they are designing an inclusive community where everyone has voice."

"I think its basically preparing you for what's coming up and its a great experience," Sofia said.

District 2 City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor was on hand Wednesday to share with kids the history of the east side.

The MicroSociety Kids Camp lasts all summer long.

Click here http://www.microsociety.org/locations2013.php for more information. 

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