The following videos are snapshots of various Building Intentional Communities activities.  We know every facilitator will bring their own flavor to each lesson, but here are some of our favorite moments from our field work.

As you watch, reflect on the following questions:

  • What values are the youth practicing throughout this activity?
  • What skills are they demonstrating?  What skills are they developing?  What skills are lacking?
  • How does the facilitator use an experience to then facilitate a debrief?
  • In your opinon, which part of this activity was most important - the opening, the experience, or the reflection?
  • What would you do differently, if you were running this activity?
This interactive research activity is a great two part process that allows youth to first challenge their own assumptions about gender and how gender bias is formed and then arms youth with clipboards as they engage the school community in a similar process.
This interactive research activity is a great two part process that allows youth to first challenge their own assumptions about gender and how gender bias is formed and then arms youth with clipboards as they engage the school community in a similar process.
Gender Studies

This interactive research activity is a great two part process that allows youth to first challenge their own assumptions about gender and how gender bias is formed and then arms youth with clipboards as they engage the school community in a similar process.

This activity allows young people to explore their personal identity and what makes us unique, reflecting on our physical features such as the shape of our eyes, nose, hair texture as well as skin color.
This activity allows young people to explore their personal identity and what makes us unique, reflecting on our physical features such as the shape of our eyes, nose, hair texture as well as skin color.
Mosaic Self Portraits

This activity allows young people to explore their personal identity and what makes us unique, reflecting on our physical features such as the shape of our eyes, nose, hair texture as well as skin color.

This activity is a must if you are looking for a participatory process to build community agreements (ground rules) at the start of a program year or new class cycle. It will help youth identify behaviors and actions participants will practice to create an ideal program/space.
This activity is a must if you are looking for a participatory process to build community agreements (ground rules) at the start of a program year or new class cycle. It will help youth identify behaviors and actions participants will practice to create an ideal program/space.
Deep Democracy

This activity is a must if you are looking for a participatory process to build community agreements (ground rules) at the start of a program year or new class cycle. It will help youth identify behaviors and actions participants will practice to create an ideal program/space.

Share the Wealth
Learn some simple call and response attention getters to draw the focus of the group to the facilitator to provide new instructions and smooth transitions.
Learn some simple call and response attention getters to draw the focus of the group to the facilitator to provide new instructions and smooth transitions.
Call & Response

Learn some simple call and response attention getters to draw the focus of the group to the facilitator to provide new instructions and smooth transitions.

Use this old classic with a twist. Transitions are ofen a time where behavior disruptions happen so we offer this activity (and many more) as a way to keep the programing going while getting into groups, cleaning up and forming lines.
Use this old classic with a twist. Transitions are ofen a time where behavior disruptions happen so we offer this activity (and many more) as a way to keep the programing going while getting into groups, cleaning up and forming lines.
Rock! Paper! Scissors!

Use this old classic with a twist. Transitions are ofen a time where behavior disruptions happen so we offer this activity (and many more) as a way to keep the programing going while getting into groups, cleaning up and forming lines.

When building a strong group culture teamwork is a must. Introducing fun games like Keep 'Em afloat allows for youth to practice working together, build community and strengthen communication skills.
When building a strong group culture teamwork is a must. Introducing fun games like Keep 'Em afloat allows for youth to practice working together, build community and strengthen communication skills.
Keep Em afloat

When building a strong group culture teamwork is a must. Introducing fun games like Keep 'Em afloat allows for youth to practice working together, build community and strengthen communication skills.