Teaching Respect

Help young people reflect on their own identities and appreciate the importance of differences among people

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The “My Mirror” activity has two parts. Part One requires teachers or program leaders to complete an activity in which students reflect on their identity and how others see them. Part One takes place before the visit by volunteers. Part Two of the activity describes how the visiting volunteer(s) will facilitate a discussion allowing the students to review and discuss each other’s work with each other and with the volunteer(s).


  • Ages 14-19 (Secondary/high school students)
  • Activities are conducive to being held in school classrooms, community centers, after-school programs, and nonprofit organizations that work with teens.

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • To provide students an opportunity to reflect on their own identity and how they think others see them and ultimately to develop appreciation, empathy and respect for others.

Why is this topic important?

  • Studies show that students who experienced high levels of harassment and assault had poorer educational performance. Helping teens better understand the importance of accepting differences in themselves and others, and celebrating those differences, is a powerful lesson for any young person to learn.

What do I need to know about this activity?

Working with teens 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…

  • Comfortably speaking with young people (ages 14-18)
  • Generating lively and thoughtful discussions
  • Openly discussing different aspects of identity
  • Time required: 2 hours to review the materials, 1 hour to reach out to schools/nonprofit organizations that would be interested in having volunteers present Teaching Respect, 45 minutes to 1 hour for the actual event
  • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.

Activity resources

  • Teaching Respect activities handout (PDF) for volunteers. Note that the My Mirror activity should be provided to teachers in advance, so they can conduct part 1 of the activity before the volunteers’ visit.
  • Teaching Respect completion certificate (PPT) for students.
  • Video from experienced volunteer (in English) with facilitation tips.
  • Frequently Asked Questions about volunteer activity kits

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Languages available:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Spanish (L.A.)
  • Swedish

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