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Expanding Compassion

The activity’s themes and writing assignments in this module inspire young people to reflect, question identity and actions while opening up channels of understanding and empathy across social and cultural boundaries. The overarching intention is to invite young people to explore what’s relevant in their life circumstance, as well as muster the courage to forge new paths of compassionate understanding for the diverse world in which they live.

The Legend

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Materials Needed

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Time it Takes

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A creative exercise encouraging the participant(s) to reflect on who they are, where they come from and where they’re going.

Express Yourself

An activity using poetry to encourage self-exploration, curiosity and discovery.

One-Minute Pitch

An activity that uses listening, writing, and public speaking to help the participant(s) focus on their unique qualities and articulate their future interests.