In "Building Bridges," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth watch a video about and discuss cliques.
Tell the group that in 2010, MTV ran a series called If You Really Knew Me. Twelve high schools were filmed as they participated in Challenge Day, a program designed to break down barriers between cliques in high school.
Show the episode you chose.
Engage the youth in discussion by posing these questions:
Say that though cliques are not the same as cults, there are some similarities. Refer the youth to Handout 1, What Makes a Cult? Discuss these points:
Ask the youth if they can identify any of these behaviors from the episode of If You Really Knew Me.
Note that while these points sound destructive, the reality is that some of these points can be made about most groups, just to a greater or lesser degree. What groups do participants belong to that manage to avoid the above behaviors? How do the groups behave instead? What groups exhibit some of these behaviors but use them in a more positive way?
If any participants have hearing impairments, arrange for closed-captioning or use the subtitles feature when showing the episode of If You Really Knew Me.
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Last updated on Thursday, November 14, 2013.
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