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Session Two Personal Identity To understand what makes Your personal identity is up our personal identities by perfectly acceptable, and recognizing, exploring and you have a right to express it. expressing who we are as individuals. Message Purpose Name Game – Divide the mentors and mentees into small groups of three to six people. Instruct each person to introduce herself to their group by giving her first name with a word in front of it that starts with the same letter as her name and describes her (for example, “Caring Carla” or “Dancing Donna”). Explain that each person must repeat all the previous names and descriptions before giving her own. When everyone is finished, each group introduces itself to the rest of Check-in the WYSE members. Make a large circle and have everyone go around and say their name and the previous person’s name and description. The last person has Icebreaker Pick at least one the challenge of saying everyone’s name and description. of the following Gotta Have Shades – Everyone sits on the floor in a circle. Tell them that you would like them to each tell a story about a time when they made a spectacle of themselves – when they wanted to disguise themselves because they felt so self- conscious or embarrassed. Have a mentor begin by putting on a pair of dark sunglasses and telling a story about her. Then choose the next storyteller by handing her the sunglasses. That person should put on the sunglasses, tell a story and then pass the sunglasses on to the next storyteller. Continue until everyone has a turn. Color Jacuzzi – The facilitator asks a mentee/mentor to call out a color from the rainbow. Then, the facilitator asks the color’s appropriate question based on the list below. Every mentee shares her answers with the group. This can be played in small groups. Red – is the stop/turn-off color, share the one thing that really turns you off. Orange – is the motivation color, share what motivates you. Yellow – is the inspiration or creativity color, share the best idea you have had. Green – is the money color, share how you plan to make a living and support yourself. Blue – is the sky’s the limit color, share your favorite fantasy about your future. Indigo – is the odd or different color, share the most daring thing you ever did. Purple – is the color of royalty, if you were ruler of the universe for a day, share the first thing you would do? Human Gift Wrap – You will need newspaper, masking tape and ribbon. Form teams of four. When the leader says “Go!” each team chooses one person who will be their “gift.” Teams must wrap the gift person in newspapers using masking tape and ribbon in just 2 minutes. After time is up, all the wrapped gifts stand together while everyone applauds and cheers. You can also judge the Best Wrapped or Most Creative Gift and give prizes. Guess Who - Everyone will be given a small piece of paper. On this paper everyone will write something unique or that no one know (Ex: I can wiggle my ears or I am allergic to peanut butter). All the papers will be collected by the facilitators and then mixed up and passed out to everyone. Then one by one everyone will read out what their paper says and try and guess who it is. This can be followed by a discussion about personal identity. Introduce the purpose and message to the mentees. This should be done by sharing the information using three learning approaches. It is important to include all three because each mentee learns differently and most Clarify mentees will understand the information if you use the following three approaches. Session Some mentees will process the information better through hearing the message, Purpose & others through seeing the message, and others through performing a related activity. Verbally – announce the purpose and message to the group Message Visually – write the purpose, message and new vocabulary on poster board Physically – do an interactive activity which you now explain ? Madalas or Identity Puzzle - A mandala is a picture representation of you, using symbols, words and pictures. The identity puzzle is a variation of the coat of arms tradition. The coat of arms has a long history-- they were traditionally used to represent a family to its community and to people they met in passing. Each mentor and mentee draws the characteristics that make up her identity on her Activity & Identity Puzzle. Remember that the point of the activity is to use symbols, Discussion pictures and words to express individuality. When everyone is finished, each person can share their mandala or coat of arms with the group. Sample Prompts: What is your greatest personal achievement? What do you like most about your family? What are you are good at? What is one thing you would like to improve about yourself? Skit making (10 minutes): Split big group into 4 small groups. Each group will plan a short skit demonstrating the situation. Two groups will be given situation #1, but one group will portray a positive outcome while the other portrays a negative outcome. The same goes for situation #2. Situation #1: There’s a new girl in school and she dresses and talks funny. How do the other girls react to her, and how does she handle the situation? Situation #2: There’s a tight knit group of friends that likes to do girly things together. However, one of the friends wants to join the football team, but is afraid of her friends’ reaction. How do the girls react to her, and how does she handle the situation? WYSE Bracelets - Each mentee and mentor makes a bracelet which she can wear for the duration of the WYSE program. You can use letter beads to spell WYSE, mentee’s names, or the names of mentor-mentee pairs. Each week, mentees can add an extra bead to their bracelet. “I am” Sheet - Mentees and mentors take turns completing prompts that have been written on poster paper. Example Prompts: “I am…”, “Something I like to do is…”, “Something I did that people said I couldn’t was…” I Love My Neighbor Who 5 Similarities - Split mentees up into groups of 5 or 6 and have them work as a group to discover five things that they all have in common. Share with everyone what they find. Quienes Somos? - Display large sheets of butcher paper with grid lines and identity categories. Mentees and mentors go to the signs and fill in their personal information in the boxes. There should be a line on the chart for each person. When everyone is finished, individuals read and explain their answers to the group. Example Categories: culture, race, the way we dress, economic status, hair color, gender, hobbies, beliefs, education, etc. Mock Interviews - Pair off with someone you do not know (preferably, mentors pair with mentees). Each person interviews her partner. When the pairs are finished, each person will introduce her partner to the group. What is your full name? What is the name you would like to be called? How old are you? How many people are in your immediate family? Where do you like to hang out? What is something you are really good at? If you were an animal, what would you be, why? If you had three wishes what would they be? I Love, I Hate, I need! - The group stands in two concentric circles facing each other. Individuals facing each other say quickly “I love… I hate…I need…” and the circles rotate in opposite directions so you are facing someone new each time. Example: “I love ice cream, I hate racism, and I need my family.” Encourage creativity, saying different things to each person you face. Human Scavenger Hunt - Before the session begins, have everyone e-mail or tell you an interesting fact about themselves. Create a sheet with two columns. On the left column write the interesting fact and on the right draw a line for each fact. Make a copy of the sheet for everyone in the group. Mentees and mentors go around the room and try to find the person that matches each interesting fact. Mentors’ names can be on the sheet so mentees learn their names. Circle Story Telling - Divide the group in half and form two circles, one inside the other. Each person should match up with someone in the other circle, and stand facing each other. Give the group 30 seconds to share their story about one of a set of questions. Have the inside circle rotate to the right and answer another sharing question. By rotating the circle, each person should have a chance to share with a different person each time. Example Questions: The story of where my name comes from, my favorite way to make a sandwich, etc. Publicity Poster - Explain that sports stars, actresses and rock stars use posters to advertise and promote themselves. Each person will make a poster to advertise herself. Ask mentees to include at least one good thing about their body, family and talents on their posters. After discussing the posters, have everyone walk around the room and write at least one positive comment on the back of each person’s poster. Let Out the Real Me - Instruct the mentees to complete this phrase on their piece of paper: “One neat thing about me that people don’t see is…” Have mentees roll up the papers and put them into their balloons and blow up the balloons. Think of one thing that is not true about each mentee that others think about her. Use the markers to carefully write/draw these untrue or partly true images on the outside of the balloons. Separate into two teams. Have each team line up on different sides of the room and place two chairs in the front. At the signal, the first person from each team runs to the chairs, and tries to pop her balloon by sitting on it. When the balloon pops, she grabs the paper, stand on the chair and yells the “real me” statement. The person runs back and tags the next runner. The first team to finish wins. Spectacles Spectacle – You will need scissors, markers and pencils. Give each person a sheet of construction paper and have them draw and cut out a pair of spectacles for themselves. The spectacles should be large and have blank space on each lens to write on. Show them a sample. Tell mentees and mentors to write 5 things that they are self-conscious about on the right lens of their Journal spectacles. For example, “the way I walk” or “the size of my nose.” On the left Writing lens, tell them to write 5 things they notice or watch critically about other people. Pick at least one When everyone is finished, ask group members to stand and hold their of the following spectacles in front of them. Give them a few minutes to walk around the room and read one another’s spectacles. Then, as a group, discuss the differences, if any, between the right and left lenses. Suggest that we tend to notice many things about ourselves that other people don’t see. Journal Decorating - Think about who you are as a person and ways you would express yourself. Outside of journal is a representation of yourself and your individuality, and when you write in it you’re expressing even more who you are as an individual. Breaking into small groups (5-7 people). Provide with magazines (to cut up words, pictures and patterns), blank paper, markers, glue sticks. Three-Way Mirrors – Ask mentees and mentors to draw a mirror with three sections. Encourage them to be creative, but to leave plenty of room to write in each section. Have mentees label each section with one of the following: “Family,” “Friends” and “Teachers.” Each person then writes words in each category that they think their families, friends and teachers would use to describe them. Encourage them to write a minimum of three positive things in each category. Next, ask mentees to circle all the words they agree with. After they have finished, have everyone sit facing a partner. Have partners share with each other one of the items they circled from each category and explain why. They can also write responses to the following questions: “Does what some people say about you affect you more than others?”; “Do you worry more about what one of these groups thinks about you?”; “Do one of these groups tend to see more good things in you?” “I am” – Ask mentees to freely fill in the blanks with whatever comes to their minds. Spend 1-2 minutes on each, with enough time to come up with 5-10 responses for each statement. I am _________ I am not __________ Marvelous Mirrors – You will need one small mirror for each person, and either poster board, cardboard or foam core for this project. Also, prepare a large amount of craft material. Have each mentee decorate a mirror for a friend to keep in her locker or room. Encourage the mentees to write a positive message to their friend so that each time she looks in the mirror, she will be reminded of Closing what an important person she is. WYSE Identity -- (expanded activity from session) Once the group understands the concepts behind personal identity and each person has completed her Mandala/Puzzle, you can create a collage of them into a giant new coat of arms representing the WYSE group as a whole. Then display the poster in a public place, such as the middle school hallway or university women’s center. Add a title that promotes uniqueness, such as “WYSE, We’re all different and lovin’ it!” I’m Thankful for You! – Close the session by having group members stand in a circle holding hands, with their backs towards the center. The leader begins by saying to the person on her right: “Thank you _____ for being who you are.” The leader then turns to face the center and takes the hands she was holding. The next person then says to the person to her right: “Thank you _____ for being who you are.” She then turns to face the center and the message continues around the circle. The closing is finished when everyone faces the centers. Rhythm Game – This game follows a simple four-beat rhythm. On the first beat, slap both hands on knees; second beat, slap both hands on knees again; third beat, snap fingers; and fourth beat snap fingers again. Begin that rhythm and have all group members do it together. Then explain that you will say someone name on the third beat while snapping, and one word that describes that person on the fourth beat while snapping. Then the whole group repeats what was said and the person who was named now repeats the process, saying someone else’s name and a word that describes them. The goal is to play without missing a beat and without repeating the same name twice. WYSE Identity Puzzle Instructions: On each puzzle piece, draw an aspect of your identity.
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