I Am Somebody
After attending the class and completing the exercises, students will develop competencies to
1. Identify strengths and weaknesses within themselves
2. Develop strategies to enhance strengths and diminish weaknesses
3. Empower themselves to achieve goals and work through obstacles
Copies of “I Am Somebody” for each participant
Copies of “A Quick Look at Me” for each participant
Transparencies of “squares1” and “squares2”
Classroom with desks, chairs and marker board
1. Greet class, gain control, take attendance
2. Explain that a big part of being able to accomplish goals is a belief that you can accomplish them and deserve to accomplish them. Often, we do not take the time to identify the strengths of others. Sometimes, we are unable to even identify the strengths within ourselves.
3. Show transparency of squares1. Ask how many squares the class sees. Write their answers on the marker board.
4. Show transparency of squares 2. Explain that there are actually 30 squares. The squares were right in front of them. They just did not take the time and effort to look for them. It’s the same with people. Their talents are right in front of us if we will just take the time to look for them. Now let’s look for the talents within you.
5. Hand out “A Quick Look at Me” and instruct the class to respond to each statement with a Y, N or ?. Inform them that nobody else will see their responses. Give them time to complete the assignment.
6. Instruct the class to look over their responses. How many of them are the responses of winners and how many are those of losers? Explain that, if you don’t like what you see, you have the power to change it. You have the power to reinvent yourself and become the person you want to be. But like everything else, you have to have a plan to accomplish this and the will power to see your plan to completion. And you have that power within you.
7. Hand out “I Am Somebody”. Read it to the class. Have them recite it as a group. Encourage a loud and enthusiastic response. Tell the class to take it home and put it where they can see and recite it daily.
8. Thank the class and dismiss.