Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Help young students better understand the importance of accepting differences in themselves and others — and celebrating those differences.

The “Cultural Collage” activity has two parts.
Part One: Educators (teachers or program leaders) complete an activity in which students reflect on their culture and interests and create a cultural collage to represent themselves. Part One takes place before the visit by volunteers.

Part Two: Visiting volunteer(s) will facilitate a discussion allowing the students to review and discuss each other’s work.


  • Ages 10-14 (Middle grade students)
  • Activities are conducive to being held in school classrooms, community centers, after-school programs, and nonprofit organizations that work with middle grade students.

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • To provide participants and volunteers an enjoyable learning opportunity to reflect on their own cultures and develop a better understanding and appreciation of others’ cultures.

Why is this topic important?

  • Empowering young people to value their own culture and the culture of others engenders higher empathy, self-esteem, and sense of community.
  • What do I need to know about this activity?

    • Working with young people is an incredibly rewarding experience and requires personal skills that will help generate discussions on the topic of accepting differences in ourselves and others.
    • This activity will be most effective if volunteers have skills in…
    • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.

    Activity resources

    • Celebrating Cultural Diversity Volunteer Guide (PDF) for volunteers. Note that the Cultural Collage activity should be provided to teachers in advance, so they can conduct Part One of the activity before the volunteers’ visit.
    • Celebrating Cultural Diversity Cultural Collage Student Worksheet for students, to guide Part Two of the activity during the volunteers’ visit.
    • Teaching Respect is a similar activity kit for teens developed to help students ages 14-18 to reflect on their own identities and appreciate the importance of differences among people.
    • Frequently Asked Questions about volunteer activity kits