By Francine Gorres, AALEAD Staff
Photos Courtesy AALEAD Staff
As we start to close programs for 2013, I would like to share some topics we have been working on in our High School Program. But, before I begin…let’s take a trip back down memory lane:
Do you remember what it was like in high school? Maybe you had a small group of friends… played basketball or tennis…joined clubs and groups in high school…or maybe you went home to study and do homework. In one way or another we were trying to figure out…Who am I? What am I good at? These questions were not very easy to answer as teenagers and are still not easy to answer even in adulthood as we pursue different career paths.
In our programs we try to help our youth answer some of these questions through identity workshops, where students are able to discuss and reflect on different aspects of their identity. Some students talked about their families and relationships, while others talked about hobbies and personality traits as important aspects of their identity. One student said, “I found [the workshops] interesting and deep. I like talking about things like this.”
Through these workshops we are able to share with one another our stories, and create a safe space to connect and support one another.