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Finding Your Spark

Discover your passion.

Follow these Getting Ready instructions if youth are doing the activity in pairs on their own, or if you are running this as a group activity.

Getting Ready

Preview this YouTube video to become familiar with the content: “A High Schooler Discovers Her Passion” with Piper Otterbein

Make copies of “Finding Your Spark - Interview Questions"

Post a large blank sheet of poster paper on the wall.

If youth are doing this activity in pairs on their own, stop here. Be available to provide guidance as needed.

If you are facilitating this as a group activity, ask the group to get in a circle and continue following the instructions.


WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Computer
PencilAndPaper
MobilePhones
WiFiInternet
 

STEP 1
TIME: 10 MINUTES

Learn

In this activity, you will explore your own spark or personal passion – something that makes you happy, you are good at doing or enjoy. Some people know their passion right away, others need more time to find it. Passion evolves as people change and grow. It’s okay to be excited about poetry today and basketball tomorrow. It’s helpful to know your spark or personal passion so you can choose activities and set goals that contribute to your happiness and well-being.

To get started, discuss the following questions with your partner.
-- What makes you happy?
-- What are you really good at doing?
-- How would you spend your time if you had nothing else you had to do?

Then on poster paper, write or draw as many words, phrases and images about passion as you can.

Begin the activity by asking youth what they know about passion. Invite them to write or draw as many words, phrases and images about passion as they can on poster paper.

Point out that passion is directly related to questions like these:

-- What makes you happy?
-- What are you really good at doing?
-- How would you spend your time if you had nothing else you had to do?

Remind youth that passion is something people don’t find overnight. It evolves as people change and grow. Say that, in this activity, youth will see different ways people discover their passions, and they will explore questions related to their own passions.


STEP 2
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Explore

Watch the video “A High Schooler Discovers Her Passion," which is about Piper Otterbein. She made the video when she was a high school senior.

When you're finished watching the video, discuss these questions with your partner:
-- What stood out to you the most in this video?
-- How did the individual in the video find passion?

Tell the group to watch this video. “A High Schooler Discovers Her Passion.”

When finished watching the video, ask the group to discuss these questions:
-- What stood out to you the most in this video?
-- How did the individual in the video find passion?


STEP 3
TIME: 15 MINUTES

Experience

Using the “Finding Your Spark – Interview Questions,” take turns interviewing each other. Use the questions on the handout as a guide and jot down notes for your partner. Remember to let each person talk while the other person practices active listening. At the end of this activity, you will upload your completed interview questions to receive a star.

After you have finished interviewing each other discuss the following questions:
-- What are some of your passions?
-- What are some ways you can continue to explore your passions?
Ask the group to form pairs. Distribute copies of “Finding Your Spark – Interview Questions.”

Instruct partners to take turns interviewing each other, using the questions on the handout as a guide and writing notes for their partners. Remind youth to stay on topic, to listen carefully and to show each other respect. At the end of this activity, youth will upload their completed interview questions to receive your “star.”

After partners have finished interviewing each other, bring them back to the large group. Discuss the following questions:
-- What are some of your passions?
-- What are some ways you can continue to explore your passions?

STEP 4
TIME: 5 MINUTES

Reflect

Go to your Leadership Journal.

Reflect on the topics you explored and write down any important notes, questions or comments on page 17 (Passion) of the Leadership Journal.

Think about an image, symbol, color, poem or phrase that best describes your spark or passion.
Ask youth to get out their Leadership Journals.

Ask youth to reflect on the topics they explored and write down any important notes, questions or comments on page 17 (Passion) of the Leadership Journal.

Ask youth to think about an image, symbol, color, poem or phrase that best describes their passions.

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