Self esteem activities for teenagers – Valuing Self Worth
Main aim: Getting teenagers to be aware of their own value and self worth
Name: Valuing Self Worth
Type: Self esteem activities for teenagers
Participants: Individuals. This activity may be played in a small group (around 4-5 participants) who already know each other
Duration: 45-60 minutes
Materials: A deck of cards
- If the activity is played in a group, have all participants sitting on a chair in a circle facing each other.
- Shuffle the deck of cards and give it to a participant.
- Ask the participant what number the card is and whether he feels that he is worth more than the number on the card (with Ace being the highest number).
- Discuss with the participant his answer and ask for feedback from the other participants on the answer. Some questions to ask:
- how are values determined in society?
- what makes them value themselves?
- what values do they place on their friends, family and peers?
- how would they feel if they drew a card with a small number and society treated them according to the “value” on the card?
- what are the examples they could give where society treated them as such?
- why is society wrong?
- what are the ways they could build their self confidence?
- Each participant should get a turn with the cards.
- At the end of the activity, ask the participants for feedback on the activity.
The activity challenges the participants in the following way:
- to describe values important to them.
- to describe their own perceptions of the values of their family, friends and peers.
- to discover ways to build self confidence.