Materials: Paper, pencils
1. Explain that many people have a hard time accepting who they are. They see themselves for what they think is wrong—for the negatives—instead of all the positives. Instead of seeing a person who is smart, creative, or driven, they see a person with acne or eczema.
2. Explain that hey are going to do an activity called “Meeting Yourself.”
a. Students are going to imagine what it would be like to meet themselves for the first time—maybe for an interview.
b. They will then write a recommendation letter for themselves—what are all the good things about this person you just met (which would be yourself)? What makes this
person special or sets them apart from everyone else?
i. When I say go ahead, you can begin the activity.
c. They will have about seven minutes to work on it.
3. After this activity is over, students will work with the person next to them. They will introduce themselves as this person they wrote about. For example:
a. “Hello, my name is Jenna. I am athletic—I am a gymnast. I can do three back flips in a row. I am very positive and work very hard. I can speak two languages: Spanish and English.”
4. After activity is over, say, “THIS is who you are. It is not about your skin or your hair or your nails. It is all these reasons you should have confidence. If you let your confidence shine, no one will ever remember anything else about you except your positive qualities.”