Community Heros

Community Heros
Main Topic
Solidarity – Participation
Additional Topic(s)
Mobility - Visibility of Youth
Solidarity - Civic Activities
5-30 minutes
Implementation Mode
Indoor F2F
Participants will be able to identify solutions to problems within their community.
Overview of Activity
To enable participants to reflect on their leadership role that young people can take within the community.
Description of Activity
Prior to this activity write up the following questions on flipchart or whiteboard.
1. What is the problem?
2. What steps could be taken to resolve the problem?
3. What are the things that might be preventing a solution?
4. who might benefit from a solution?
5. How could you show leadership in this scenario?

- Explain to participants that we are now going to discuss different community challenges and how we might tackle the challenge.
- Split participants into groups of 4/5. Give each group a scenario, a flipchart page and a marker. Ask them to discuss the scenario in their groups and then answer the questions displayed on the board.
- After 10 minutes , collect feedback from the group.

Scenario One:
Annie (89) lives on her own since her husband passed away and she has no children living close by. She was very active but you have noticed that recently she is not going out as much and is now using a walking stick. She had always taken great pride in her garden but now it is overrun with weeds.

Scenario Two:
The local playground has been vandalised. There is a lot of rubbish on the ground and someone has sprayed graffiti on the wall. The adults in the community are blaming local teenagers for the vandalism.

Scenario Three:
You are a member of the local youth club and some of the members (12yrs) are always complaining that it is boring and that there is nothing to do. The volunteers are having a hard time coming up with ideas.

Scenario Four:
You know that this is a big issue with cyber bullying in your school and this is leading to a lot of distress for students. You have recently taken part in an anti bullying campaign through your youth club.

Scenario Five:
Your local sports club are looking for people to help out on a Saturday morning to mentor the under 7y's. The trainer says the training sessions will not be able to go ahead if people don't help out.

Discussion Prompts:
- Can one person make a difference in the community?
- What stops people from showing leadership in the community?
- Do you have to be an adult to show leadership in the community?
- In what ways can you show leadership in your community?
Sources & Additional Materials
Flipchart Paper, Markers, Scenarios
Additional Notes

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