The activities in this section help students develop some of the foundational skills for building relationships and developing strong, inclusive communities. Successful communities require that community members understand their own feelings and learn healthy ways to process them, that we learn to engage in dialogue about various topics without it devolving into unproductive debate, that we learn to listen deeply to one another, and that we use inclusive language that is not harmful to others. The activities in this section require moderate or low vulnerability and should be done before students are asked to share deeply about their lives so that such sharing is as safe as possible.
Use these playlists to begin talking with your young people about feelings, communication, and responses to stimuli. The videos linked here introduce some concepts like feelings, empathy, and self-awareness, and we’ve also tried to link some videos that offer tools to practice mindfulness and check-ins for when we feel nervous, frustrated, upset, or otherwise activated. These are great videos to come back to every day! As you preview these with students, model reflection and learning by sharing your own thoughts and connections, and invite students to reflect, journal, and discuss using some or all of the questions below:
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