In "Heeding the Call," a Tapestry of Faith program
Youth explore root causes of Mexican immigration.
Solicit four volunteers for the readings in Leader Resource 1, Understanding the Border. Solicit four different volunteers to hold the four objects: corn, Mexican Constitution, sunglasses, and the map. Give one volunteer the yarn. Co-leaders can participate if there are not enough youth.
Stand in a wide circle, but not too wide to throw and catch the yarn.
Say to the group that you are going to talk about some of the root causes of increased Mexican immigration. Explain that one volunteer will hold up an object. The volunteer that has the statement about that object will read it aloud. Then volunteers should place the object and reading in the center and walk back to their place in the circle. The yarn volunteer will toss the yarn to the person who held the object. The object volunteer will toss the yarn to the reader, who will hold the yarn until the next pair has finished. Proceed until all five statements have been read. If you have more youth than volunteers, ask the youth without yarn at the end of the exercise to say, one at a time, either, "I empathize," or "I understand" in order to have the yarn thrown to them.
While still holding the yarn, invite participants to observe the immigration web you have created. Note that some of the causes of increased immigration occurred more than one hundred years ago, while others occurred within their lifetimes. These are only some of the causes of increased immigration and why people are desperate enough to risk the journey across the border and enter the United States illegally. Ask if anyone would like to comment on the root causes.
Discuss what the web means in terms of the lives of people caught in it.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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