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Mentoring Journal Multiple Identities


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This handout is from the presentation, Coming Together Across Cultures: Intentional Relationship Building, delivered on Tuesday, July 26, 2011, as part of the free monthly webinar series from Friends for Youth's Mentoring Institute.

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Mentoring Journal Multiple Identities

  1. 1. S How do you identify yourself? Most people connect themselves to specific groups of people: With your friend, start to explore your multiple identi- about that theme. Some examples include visiting a ties with the “What Are You?” exercise listed in the first cultural center or another town or neighborhood; at- section of Beginning Activities. Write some of your re- tending a cultural celebration, museum, or art gallery; sponses to the right. Together with your friend, pick an seeing a film based on an identity; eating a particular “identity” theme to explore—this could be about your or kind of food; watching a related dance or theater per- your friend’s ethnicity or other group that you identify formance; researching the theme at the library together; with or would like to identify with more strongly. making a collage based on that identity; or interview- Plan ahead and research some activities that you can ing someone else who shares a similar identity. do together to celebrate, participate in, or learn more Suggested books: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison Growing Up Latino: Memoirs and Stories edited by Harold Augenbraum and Ilan Stavans Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez by John Rechy America is in the Heart: A Personal History by Carlos Bulosan * Be sure these books The Rice Room: Growing Up Chinese-American from Number Two Son to Rock’n’Roll by Ben Fong-Torres and movies are Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the West by Dee Alexander Brown age-appropriate Push: A Novel by Sapphire for your and your A Hope in the Unseen: An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League by Run Suskind friend’s reading and viewing levels. Suggested movies: Some of these sug- Eyes on the Prize gestions are more Africans in America: America’s Journey Through Slavery appropriate for Stand and Deliver older youth. ACTIVITY Boys Don’t Cry Joy Luck Club Real Women Have Curves Smoke Signals Mi Vida Loca 46 mentoring journal
  2. 2. S ACTIVITYLearn about other identities through stories in print and film. Check your local library or online for age-appropriateness and reading/viewing level. Think about how the author or director explains or shows an identity. Can you relate to any part of someone else’s identity? 2nd quarter 47