Young Peace Leaders: Cultivating Self-Acceptance

Adolescents often have a hard time with self-acceptance.  On the one hand, they want to conform to their peers, and on the other, they want to discover their individuality – making it a struggle to strike the right balance.  Teachers and parents may notice that they become uncommunicative, uncooperative or rebellious at school or home as they go through the process of figuring out who they are and where they fit in. In this lesson from The Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values (via WGBH), students will learn to experience self-acceptance and develop leadership skills through the performing arts.  Activities such as improvisation, singing and movement help students better understand themselves, build a sense of confidence, appreciate their individuality, and use their newfound awareness to understand others.