Alternate Activity 1: When I Made a Difference
Activity time: 15 minutes
Description of Activity
This activity asks youth to think about times when they have made a difference in someone's life.
Ask participants to tell about times when they have done something right and made a difference for somebody else. Say that their stories do not need to be exciting and dramatic tales of rushing into burning buildings. Most of us do not get called on to do those, but each of us has a chance to help other people in some way every day.
Ask the youth if they think they are bragging when they talk about good things they have done. Say that you do not believe this is the case. We all know that none of us leads a perfect life. We do wrong things as well as right things, and it is okay to talk about either. That is one of the ways we learn together and get to know each other better.
Higher-energy option: You can energize this activity by asking youth to pantomime the stories they are telling while others guess at their meaning.
Including All Participants
If you use the higher-energy option, be sure to give instructions that can be followed by all participants, including any with physical limitations.