“You Kids Are All Alike!” by Rosiland Woodard, Tennessee

Need
Plan and deliver a program entitled “You Kids Are All Alike!”
  Awareness of youth’s willingness to accept their own stereotypical actions.
  Educate towards understanding and reality.
  Educate how stereotypical behavior could affect youth attitudes and success.

Methods
Youth were invited to a leadership retreat. The retreat participants were African-American, Asian, Whites, males and females. Adults attended as volunteers and also participated.
  Youth were invited to sit wherever they felt comfortable and would be able to interact with the group.
  Activities included: pretest done by thought provoking questions (no visual or audible responses were required), discussion groups, individual responses, group consensus, group role play, and group conclusions.
  The workshop was presented in 3 1/2 hours.
 
Objective
For youth to recognize and understand their stereotypical behavior and put into practice methods of elimination and understanding.
 

Impact
27 youth and 8 adults participated in the workshop.
  Youth learned the definition of and limiting and negative aspects of stereotypical behavior.
  Positive feedback from the groups indicated a willingness to understand and distinguish actions of different cultures.
  Youth exhibited awareness that stereotyping could be limiting and damaging to a particular culture and will impede a harmonious society.
 
Target Audience
Teens, ages 12-17, and adults.
 

Cost 
Cost to youth attending the Leadership Retreat was $5.00. Curriculum was obtained from workshop attendance and through a loan. Handouts presented in the workshop were supplied by the Extension Office. County Extension 4-H staff member conducted the training.

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