Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    Cool Idea: Who Am I?

    Here's a good opener for a youth meeting. Prepare a half sheet of paper handout for your youth that reads "WHO AM I?" at the top. Down the left hand side of the sheet, print the words "I am" 6 or 7 times, followed by blank lines so that students can fill in the rest of the phrase.

    I am____________________.
    I am____________________.
    I am____________________.


    Invite youth to take a few minutes to fill in the blanks with words or phrases that describe themselves. The repetition in this activity helps youth to move beyond the superficial and dig a little deeper for ways to describe who they are. The more lines they have to fill in, the deeper they will have to go to come up with something to write. When everyone is finished, invite students to read all or part of what they have written. Even for those who do not want to share outloud, this can be a valuable activity in self-awareness.

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