How To Videos
Learning in motion
The following videos are snapshots of various Building Intentional Communities activities. We know every facilitator will bring their own flavor to each lesson, but here are some of our favorite moments from our field work.
As you watch, reflect on the following questions:
- What values are the youth practicing throughout this activity?
- What skills are they demonstrating? What skills are they developing?
What skills are lacking?
- How does the facilitator use an experience to then facilitate a debrief?
- In your opinon, which part of this activity was most important – the opening, the experience, or the reflection?
- What would you do differently, if you were running this activity?
This interactive research activity is a great two part process that allows youth to first challenge their own assumptions about gender and how gender bias is formed and then arms youth with clipboards as they engage the school community in a similar process.
Mosaic Self Portraits
This activity allows young people to explore their personal identity and what makes us unique, reflecting on our physical features such as the shape of our eyes, nose, hair texture as well as skin color.
Share the Wealth
This activity is a must if you are looking for a participatory process to build community agreements (ground rules) at the start of a program year or new class cycle. It will help youth identify behaviors and actions participants will practice to create an ideal program/space.
Call & Response
Learn some simple call and response attention getters to draw the focus of the group to the facilitator to provide new instructions and smooth transitions.
Rock! Paper! Scissors!
Use this old classic with a twist. Transitions are ofen a time where behavior disruptions happen so we offer this activity (and many more) as a way to keep the programing going while getting into groups, cleaning up and forming lines.
Keep Em afloat
When building a strong group culture teamwork is a must. Introducing fun games like Keep ‘Em afloat allows for youth to practice working together, build community and strengthen communication skills.
Orientation to Building Intentional Communities
Director of Education at Beyond Differences
Executive Director at CYC
Program Manager, Expanded Learning
Director, Social Impact & Generation Thrive
Assistant General Manager, External Affairs
Director of Learning & Development
Manager of Family Programs
P. Marcia Brown
Profesora de Inglés y Humanidades, Escuela Bilingüe Internacional Middle School English and Humanities Teacher
Mei Ann Teo
Assoc Artistic Director, Director of New Work, Oregon Shakespeare Festival
I am the Director of Education for Beyond Differences. I worked with Fong in the late summer/ fall of 2020. Fong coached me as I prepared to launch an educator cohort series in NYC and FL for close to 70 educators. My primary goals were to build an intentional learning community, support Read More
When developing capacity for my team of 100+ staff, Be the Change Consulting is our go-to organization. Whether I need guidance for our newly hired direct service staff or non-profit veterans from our leadership team, I trust in BTCC to offer the groundwork to address all our needs. They Read More
We have been using the Building Intentional Communities Curriculum for a decade now and continue to come back for more curriculum, more PD, and support. We have continued, renewed, and recommended BTCC’s services because they are exactly what our communities need. Thoughtful, communal, Read More
This year we were excited to partner with Be the Change Consulting, Hellman Foundation and the Walter & Elise Haas Senior Fund to launch a virtual training series just as the pandemic hit and the shelter in place order was announced. We wanted to offer relevant and responsive training and Read More
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Their team of highly skilled professionals, exceptionally led by Sangita Kumar, assisted BART with extensive outreach and in-depth engagement with Read More
Be the Change Consulting has been a key partner over the years providing training and support that tends to both content expertise and humanizing processes. The workshops are engaging, thought-provoking, and grounded in the latest academic research, and I most appreciate that their facilitators Read More
Participating in Be The Change Consulting’s Antiracism capacity building series has supported tremendous growth for me professionally through the development of an anti-racist perspective and actions, from big picture project goals and assessments all the way down to how our team opens Read More
Excellent and I attend a LOT of these training sessions. Well organized. Clear and courageous content.
I really appreciated the hands on skills at the end of the session.
Very engaging and extremely informed – presented material in an accessible and interesting manner.
I would recommend at least 3 hours for this training.
It’s a different facilitation style that you have but I can see how it works. It’s a much more human experience, rather than a student teacher discussion. I’m impressed.
Thank you for demonstrating your passion: Be The Change; was evident. I appreciate the copy of the PP.
I love this organization. Their curriculum is some of the best I’ve ever used! Tried and true.
I adapted the Lemonade activity from your Ice Breakers and Team Builders to Build Social-Emotional Skills for my advisory yesterday. Used the watering pot like a spin the bottle. After saying something they wanted to wash away from the week, they sprinkled water onto the classroom plants. I ❤ Read More
I am taking away the way that capitalism and racism are inextricable in causing our micro and macro aggressions against each other. I’m sitting deeply with how the sense of urgency stems from perfectionism and also how it perpetuates how we treat each other as cogs in the wheel instead of Read More
Appreciate y’all Aminta & Thomas! I wish we could combine our collective superpowers in facilitating.
It was really helpful to have to say the actual words. Because it highlighted an issue that could have easily been glossed over- Thank you group.
Thank you all for an amazing learning experience.
Thank you so much. These strategies are really helpful and actionable!!
Thank you for this extremely enriching experience!
Thank you for a great session. This has been really informative and helpful.
Thanks y’all. I am leading a capacity building cohort of 49 orgs. I am definitely going to share your info with them and explore with the foundation partners funding options for this work. Thank you!!!!! Love all of it 🙂
Facilitating techniques are great. They are great!
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We understand that conflict is inevitable and that’s why we teach kids that apologizing is a process, not a race. Rather than rush to apologize and move on, we embrace conflict as an opportunity to slow down and teach youth the steps (pause, breath, feel, connect, restore) to acknowledge the harm and to restore the relationship.
Today, we will consider the Animal Wisdom that lives in each of us and how this activity provides kids with the opportunity to draw upon Indigenous values, in order to strengthen our communal bonds with one another and nature.
Social-Emotional Learning teaches kids to become more self-aware and cognizant of their emotional triggers, to connect with others, to foster and maintain supportive relationships, to keep calm in high-stress situations, and to make responsible decisions to help them weather any unforeseen event, such as a global pandemic.
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