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Lesson 6: Hopes, Dreams, and Fears

Objective

We all have hopes and dreams but somehow not everyone gets to fulfill them. The purpose of this section is to provide a safe atmosphere to discuss what could block us fulfilling our dreams and how we could overcome them.

Activity 1

Ask participants to share a wish with a partner. Then, write it down, i.e., ”If this is the best meeting you’ve ever attended, what will be the outcome(s) that will have taken place by the end?

Activity 2

Ask participants what would result from these wishes? Then share it with a partner.

Activity 3

Ask them all together, what are the things that could stop them from reaching those hopes and dreams?

Activity 4

Ask participants to write down briefly for themselves their plan for this wish
Time allotted:30 minutes
Group Format: Small Group
Supplies: Individual writing materials, newsprint and markers
Facilitation Tips:Be sure that all fears and hopes are written down, as expressed, without comment or any sense of judgment,except perhaps, “That’s interesting.” Do not be fearful of having folks express their worst fears, it always makes things go better once expressed.

Reflection

1. Ask participants to write down briefly for themselves their greatest fear for this meeting: “If it’s the worst experience you’ve had, what will have happened (or not happened)?
2. Write your greatest hope, i.e., ”If this is the best meeting you’ve ever attended, what will be the outcome(s) that will have taken place by the end?
3. Ask participants to share their hopes and fears with a partner.
4. Have two newsprint sheets—one labeled “fears” and one “hopes”, and list everything that folks call out. Ask that they avoid repeats.
Reflection Questions:
-1.Did you notice anything surprising/interesting while doing this activity?
-2.What is the impact of expressing negative thoughts?
-3.Why did we ask you to do this activity? What might it accomplish?

Peer Pressure

Partner up. Ask one of the partners to do something enticing but bad, like drugs. You have a minute to pressure this person...then switch roles. It’s really tough to resist pressure, people need to experience it and discuss how it felt and what to do
1. Talk about psychological safety:
- Psychological Safety proves that a team is a safe place for taking risks, and that people should not shoot each other down because of their ideas
2. Revisit the Airing of Grievances
-Talk about something to another person that caused them happiness/joy.
3. Talk about benefits
-More inclusiveness leads to more ideas which increases creativity
4. Ask students to reflect on how they can apply it to their lives

Conclusion

Even if people pressure them for certain activities that are not good for them or they do not wish to be involved, they always have the right to say “No” and they do not need to feel embarrassed about it.