Life’s busy. You've got school, work, friends, family, and dozens of other responsibilities to juggle. It makes finding time for others hard. Our Connection activities challenge you to reconnect with your favorite people – and meet new ones.
Medal of Honor Inspiration: Delete the Negative
Being a good citizen starts with responsibility. Watch Paul Bucha’s Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video. His strong sense of responsibility guided his decisions. What about your sense of responsibility? Think about social media and everything you put out into the world. Go through your accounts and delete anything you’d consider negative. How many posts did you delete, and how many did you keep?
Get out there and make a new friend. Describe what you’re up to. Maybe even tell them about this program. What did you learn about them? Post a pic of you with your new friend and tell us what they're all about. Hashtags: #newfriends #liveup
Think about your passions. How could you connect with others over these? Write 3 of them down, then take a pic holding them. Post for everyone to see. Hashtags: #mypassions #liveup
You probably know a few people who seem isolated or lonely at school. How can you make them feel more included? Think of at least 3 ideas. Describe them in a short video, poem or song – the choice is yours. Post for everyone to see. Hashtags: #reachout #liveup
Who do you share a close connection with? Pick someone or a group of people you like and snap a pic with them. In the comments, tell us what you love most about them. Post for everyone to see. Hashtags: #myfavorites #liveup
Who has helped you in the past? Tell them how much you appreciate them in a thank you note. Take a pic of your handwritten note, then deliver it. Remember to post about it afterwards. Hashtags: #sayingthanks #liveup
Watch the TED Talk by Sherry Turkle, “Connected, But Alone?" Then, vow to stop texting entirely for 24 hours. Instead, call your friends. Write about your experience in 200 words or more. How did it feel to not text for 24 hours? How many text messages did you get? What was hard about it? What did you gain by taking the time to talk instead of text? Make sure you include some of your thoughts from the Ted Talk in your essay. Post for everyone to see. Hashtags: #disconnectreconnect #liveup
Try Something New
This is your chance. Check out a school club or activity outside of school that you’ve wanted to try. Then, using a phone or computer, create a 1-2 minute video. Describe what new club or activity you tried. How did it feel to try something new? What did you like about it? Will you go back? Include video clips or a pic of you trying this new club/activity. Post for everyone to see. Look to your local college, library or newspaper for events that you've never explored. You'd be surprised what you might learn by trying something new! Hashtags: #trysomethingnew #liveup
Everyone Loves Fun
Have you ever visited a nursing home or volunteered with the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)? Yes, older people are people too – and they have fun just like you. Your challenge: volunteer for 2 hours and spend time with the residents or members. You could play board games or ask them about their lives. Write about your experience in 200 words or more. Share what you did, how you connected with citizens in your community, and how it made you feel. Include a pic. Remember to post when you’re done. Hashtags: #everyonelovesfun #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: Being Selfless
Helping others helps us all become better people. Watch Salvatore Giunta’s Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video. His selflessness played a big part in his platoon’s ability to defeat the enemy. Is there someone in your life who always thinks of others before themselves? Take their pic (with their permission) and include a short description of how their selflessness benefits others.
Stick With It
Remember the activities "Try Something New" and "Everyone Loves Fun"? Commit to one of these activities long term. Maybe you really enjoyed the poetry club or playing cards with the seniors. Do this activity once a week, for a month – for a total of 4-6 hours of involvement. Snap a pic each time and post them, letting us know how your commitment’s going. After you’ve completed your 4-6 hours, write a 500-word essay. What activity did you do? What did you learn? Was it hard to follow through? What did you enjoy, and will you continue with it? Remember to post about it. Hashtags: #stickwithit #liveup
Medal of Honor Inspiration: Caring for Others
Connection is a powerful thing. Think about all the people in your life. Your friends, your family – they’ve all been there for you. Watch Brian Thacker’s Medal of Honor Recipient Living History video. He put his life in great danger to protect his comrades. Using his video as inspiration, write a poem or haiku about the power of caring for others.
Be My Mentor
Look for a mentor. This can be any adult: your teacher, a family friend, or a role model within your community. Meet with your mentor at least 4 times (1 hour each). Talk to them about your future goals and any challenges you’ve faced. Then, ask them for advice. After your final meeting, create a 2-minute reflection video on how the mentoring’s going. Share details about your experience. What did you learn? How did you benefit from your mentor's companionship? Would you recommend your friends/peers find a mentor? Post for everyone to see. Hashtags: #bemymentor #liveup