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Energiser, Group Building Activity

My Shield Against Hard Time

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'My Shield Against Hard Time' is tool aiming to raise self-esteem and self-confidence of young people.

Aims of the tool

-to increase participant’s competence of self-reflection;
-to provide participants space to recognize positive aspects of themselves;
-to increase participant’s self-confidence, self-esteem and to address the issue of self-value;
-to give the participants an opportunity to get to know each other better.

Description of the tool

At the start of the activity the facilitator stimulates a discussion about the inner values. In next step, the facilitator distribute the handouts and reviews them. The handouts contain drawing of shield divided into six main parts: something I like about me; things I am good at; people that support me, something I am good at; a wish for myself, signature. The participant receive 15 – 20 minutes to insert information about their personal qualities and preferences. Then they turn their shield and make a picture of themselves or give a name to their shield. In next step, they discuss their shields in pairs. After they put their shields on the floor and they share with the whole group (if they wish). At the end the facilitator make an empowering conclusion.

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Tool overview

My Shield Against Hard Time

This tool is for

The activity does not require specific target group and it is suitable for various groups of young people.

and addresses

Personal Development

It is recommended for use in:

Youth Exchanges
European Voluntary Service

Materials needed:

Papers with drawing of the shield 1 per 1 participant;
Pens, markers, colours.


45 – 60 minutes.

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Alexandra Kamaretsou, Marinela Zafirova, Sibelxhan Sllovinja, Angela Zeneli.

in the context of

The tool was created during KA 2 project 'Empowering Minorities: a project to improved practices for work with minorities', implemented by DEA, Albania.

The tool has been experimented in

The tool is result of group work during international training course. Also, it was experimented during local activities with young people.

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Ilona Olehlova (on 27 August 2019)

and last modified

25 April 2019

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