What Are My Strengths?
Uncovering your personal superpowers.
About the Activity
In this exercise, students explore the things at which they excel and learn about the connection between self-confidence and self-control by making a poster to demonstrate their own personal strengths.
Topic: Healthy Living
Estimated Time: 1 hour
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These simple materials, along with a few specialty supplies, will get you started.
- White board or pad of paper and markers
- Blank white paper or construction paper (one per youth)
- Magazines and other print resources, or an internet connected device and printer
- Scissors and glue
- Think about one thing that you are good at. It can be an activity, a sport, or a personal quality. Then think about another, and another, and another! Write down each thing you can think of that you’re good at on a whiteboard or a notepad .Examples: cooking, math, running, fixing things, taking care of animals, telling jokes, caring, being kind, funny, hard-working, good at listening, curious
- Next, using magazines or newspapers or the internet, find pictures that represent those strengths.
- Cut (or print from the internet) all of those pictures out.
- Now glue those clippings and images onto the blank piece of paper in the most imaginative way you can think of.
- Hang up the completed collages around your home or wherever you’re doing this activity – so that you and everyone else can see your superpower strengths!
Questions to deepen wonder and understanding.
- What will you do when you are faced with a difficult task and you cannot handle it by yourself?
- How does it feel when you are able to tackle something hard?
- Are you good at everything? Explain.
- Consider these questions: What are two of your personal strengths? What are two strengths of your best friend? Your sister? Your brother?
Investigate and Explore
Take what you've learned to the next level to learn more and explore the possibilities.
Everyone is good at something (at many things!), and understanding what those things are is important for kids as they figure out who they are and how they fit into the world. Knowing your strengths is the foundation of self-confidence, and finding that self-confidence is really important for kids as they navigate complicated worlds of social dynamics and the inevitable peer pressure to make choices – alcohol, recreational drugs, smoking (and today, vaping) – that is a part of childhood, and particularly of being a teenager.
When you feel confident, you are more able to stand up for yourself and to make healthy choices for yourself. Understanding you’re a superhero in your own way? That’s powerful.
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