Why this session is important
To help your group or individual to:
- Learn what iCan is about – the objectives of it, process and resources including the iCan Poster and Body Parts
- Understand and use the Days of the Week model
- Assess where they are in Making a Start
- Reflect on their learning and set a small action to work on
What you will need
- Copies of Welcome Activity for all individual(s)
- Welcome Resources
- Large piece of paper for the icebreaker activity (optional)
- Post-it pads and paper/pens
- If working with a group then split the group into teams of 4-5 people
- 30 minutes dependent on time availability
How to do it
Icebreaker activity (optional)
If working in a group consider drawing around one of the young people and using the outline to begin a conversation related to…what are all the factors ‘external’ of you that can help to move you towards your goals and aspirations? Encourage contributions from everyone and write them on the paper – no rights or wrongs.
Then ask the question ‘what are all the things you can do to take control and move yourself towards your goals and aspirations?’ Again, get contributions from the group and make a note of these within the outline of the person drawn on the paper. Stress the importance of being open and honest.
Reflect on what has been written – get the views of all the group. Are there any themes? What have they learned from this? How do they think this may influence how they are going to use iCan?
If working with one individual then, base a conversation about external and internal factors that can help them achieve their goals.
- iCan is a process that enables you to understand yourself more and will help you choose a pathway that is personal and right for you
- It’s not a one size fits all approach – you will all develop your own pathway based on what you think is important for you. What you decide to do as a result of the activities in iCan is your decision – nobody else’s
- It will help you develop an inspiring, creative and motivating picture for the future that builds on the things that matter to you and you will use parts of your body – Body Graphic (Resources) to help you to do this
- Highlight the iCan Poster (Resources) which will be used to make a note of any key points as you work your way through iCan – they can write their name on it and date it too
Days of the week
Using the graphic Days of the Week (Resources) explain we are born on Monday morning and each day of the week is 12 years of our life. On Wednesday night we are 36 years old, we have a party on Friday night to celebrate our 60th, we are 84 on Sunday night and hopefully we enjoy a Bank Holiday Monday.
Ask them where they are? What has the journey been like up to this point – what was it like for them on Monday? How have they responded to the highs and lows? What barriers are stopping them moving forward at the moment?
Whatever their journey has been like up to this point (good/bad) there are still plenty of opportunities to explore what they want the rest of the week of their life to look like. No rights/wrongs.
Ask them if they know where other people in their family are in this week? For example, they may have grandparents on the weekend, siblings on Monday or Tuesday and parents somewhere in the middle.
If working in the same physical space with individuals, consider using two chairs as a prop (representing birth and death) and explain the space between the two chairs is their life… What would you feel like if you didn’t do anything with your life – what would it feel like to be on Sunday and look back over your life feeling that you hadn’t done anything with it?
What if you went through life not seeing the opportunities around you? What if your heart wasn’t in some of what you are doing?
Think about Tuesday and how many decisions are made on this day of the week – iCan is the opportunity to explore more of what is important to them and help them explore ideas for what their Wednesday, Thursday… rest of their week may look like.
Get views from the group/individuals. This model is used throughout iCan and is made reference to within a number of the other activities, so you may find yourself referring back to this as you use other elements of iCan.
Making a start
Making a Start Chart (Resources). Explain that iCan has different sections which are represented by a different part of the body e.g. head, heart, eyes, hands, feet. Each of these will connect together to help them identify their aspirations for the future and begin to take the steps to make this happen.
Encourage them to score each dimension of the iCan process to determine where they are now. There are no prizes for high scores or low, it is more about just seeing which of these dimensions they feel they are strong at and other areas they may wish to improve. Explore this with them.
This activity can be repeated at different points to reflect on the progress made so you have the opportunity to revisit this any time to see if the scores have changed.
What other questions to ask/points to make:
Be prepared to share some of your story if it is appropriate. Perhaps identifying where you may have faced barriers and how you overcame them – what were the kind of things that helped you?
Consider using Common Obstacles to identify any barriers that may be facing them and open up discussion about what they could do about these.
As the session draws to a close discuss:
• What they may have learned, or what has surprised or puzzled them about doing these activities
• Help them to identify one key action they may wish to take as a result of doing these activities