Self esteem activity for teenagers – Call to Action Support Plan
Main aim: A self esteem activity for teens to assist teenagers to reach out to others and seek help. Most teenagers know that asking for help is not an easy thing to do. This game offers teenagers an opportunity to name those that they can turn to for support and to find ways to help themselves.
Name: Call to Action Support Plan
Type: Self esteem activities for teenagers
Participants: Individuals in a small group (around 5 participants)
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Materials: Two blank cards and a pencil or pen for each participant
- Discuss the concept of “support” with the participants and ask the participants to describe what support means to each of them. Support could be in the form of financial support, moral support, emotional support and so on.
- Next, ask the participants to name in general the persons they could approach for support or those who are already giving them support. They would include parents, carers, teachers, friends and external help such as the police, charities, help lines etc.
- After such discussion, direct the participants’ attention to focus on moral and emotional support.
- Ask the participants to write down on the first blank card answers to the following questions:
- do they approach certain individuals for moral and emotional support?
- if they do, how do they ask for help and support?
- if they don’t, do they feel that it is a weakness to ask for help?
- do they assume that these individuals will help?
- if they don’t give the support that the participants expect of them, how do the participants feel and what do the participants do then?
- After around 15 minutes (or the amount of time necessary for the participants to answer fully), discuss the answers with the participants, in particular, the answers to the last question.
- Next, discuss further with the participants the following:
- alternative ways to obtain the support they need, for example, if they don’t make the first step, do so by approaching individuals they trust and respect for support
- they can also consider approaching other individuals or organizations
- discuss also ways the participants can help themselves e.g. relaxation techniques, volunteering, focusing on positive activities such as sports or other exercise
- Then ask the participants to write down on the second blank card three positive steps the will take the next time they require emotional or moral support:
- persons to approach: a named individual e.g. mum, dad, Jim (friend) and an alternative e.g. teacher, another friend, help line etc
- feelings: do not feel rejected, it is my (the participant’s) responsibility to follow up on a request for help
- self-help: an activity to focus on if/when the participant is feeling upset, angry, lonely or rejected.
- Name this second card as the “CALL TO ACTION SUPPORT PLAN” card.
- End the activity by asking all participants to carry the card in their purse/wallet or somewhere readily accessible and to follow the steps each and every time they need to.
The activity challenges the participants in the following ways:
- to understand what support means.
- to understand that in most cases, they need to ask for support.
- to understand that it is not a sign of weakness to take that first step to ask for help.
- to develop a call to action plan for boosting morale and getting the support needed by them.