Introductions, Icebreakers, Warming Up Print

Creating Group Agreement
Purpose: To establish an agreed-upon code of behavior for the group so that each participant feels safe and able to rely on others in the group
Age group: 13-18 years old
Time: 20 to 30 minutes
Source: Creating Safe Space for GLBTQ Youth: A Toolkit

Find Someone Who Can Say Yes
Purpose: To get acquainted with others and become more comfortable within the group.
Age group: 12-18 years old
Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Source: Life Planning Education: A Youth Development Program

The Secret of My Success
Purpose: To help children identify positive aspects of themselves, to share these positive qualities with a group and to help them build a sense of power and uniqueness.
Age group: First grade
Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Source: When I’m Grown: Life Planning Education for Grades K - 2, Advocates for Youth

Interview about Me
Purpose: To discover one’s positive qualities that others see
Age group: 12-18 years old
Time: 20 minutes (Session 1); 40 to 45 minutes (Session 2)
Source: Life Planning Education: A Youth Development Program

Name Poems
Purpose: To help children focus on their special personal qualities and individuality.
Age group: Second grade
Time: 20 minutes
Source: When I’m Grown: Life Planning Education for Grades K - 2, Advocates for Youth

On the Move
Purpose: To get acquainted with others and to become more comfortable within the group or [if the activity is used as an energizer] to get people moving and feeling more energetic.
Age group: 12-18 years old
Time: 10 to 15 minutes
Source: Life Planning Education: A Youth Development Program

Paper People
Purpose: To help children focus on their own special qualities and individuality.
Age group: Kindergarten
Time: 30 minutes
Source: When I’m Grown: Life Planning Education for Grades K through 2, Advocates for Youth

Person of the Week
Purpose: To help the children identify good qualities in others and to feel good about themselves based on how others see them.
Age group: Second grade
Time: 20 – 30 minutes
Source: When I’m Grown: Life Planning Education for Grades K through 2, Advocates for Youth

Why Ground Rules?
Purpose: To set group standards for the When I'm Grown program and to solicit group participation in creating community rules.
Age group: Kindergarten, First, Second
Time: 15 minutes
Source: When I’m Grown: Life Planning Education for Grades K through 2, Advocates for Youth

Working in Groups
Purpose: To learn and work cooperatively in small groups
Age group: 12-18 years old
Time: 5-40 minutes
Source: Life Planning Education: A Youth Development Program

 
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