Understanding Others


(duration: 20-30 minutes)

This activity is designed for general youth settings where you may be unaware of how young people are making sense of many aspects of their developing identities. Be mindful of supporting how the group approaches this activity. Only undertake the activity if it feels safe for the group as a whole to undertake.

The purpose of the activity is to understand other people’s experiences and develop both awareness and empathy. It creates a safe space to discuss the significance of the issues involved, supports openness through dialogue and develops visual and emotional literacy.

This activity is best delivered directly before Accepting Others’ Choices

Look at, Read, Listen to

1. Give everyone a sheet of paper and ask each person to split it into 4 quarters.

In the top left quarter write – ACCEPTED: HOW I FELT.

In the top right quarter write – NOT ACCEPTED: HOW I FELT.

In the lower left quarter write – ACCEPTED: WHAT THIS ENABLED ME TO DO.

In the lower right quarter write – ACCEPTED: WHAT THIS STOPPED ME DOING.

2. Ask each person to recall and write down two occasions where they have felt accepted in their lives. Then ask each person to recall and write down two occasions where they have not felt they have been accepted.

3. In pairs, ask the young people to discuss what they wrote, and how they felt.

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