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Activity 4: Seeking and Defining Success
Brainstorm how "success" is defined in societal terms. Write responses on a chalkboard or flip chart. Then ask each participant how they define success individually. Document those responses. Compare the results and ask about similarities and differences in the lists.

Materials: chalk board or flip chart

Share with participants the case of JK Delane, the African American senior at Richmond's Kennedy High, who, in spite of low SAT scores, says, "Wherever I go, I will be successful." Based on JK's quote, ask participants to address disparities in the way they define success for themselves and the way they believe it is defined in societal terms. Is the idea of success changing in our society? How and why? How many different roads are there to success? Ask adults to share personal stories.
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