Identity, Choices, & Meaning
Participants will discuss identity and values formation, through the lens of home and family, heritage, school life and education, college and career, and life choices/life lessons. They will have the opportunity to reflect more deeply on their everyday lives, thinking about how their past has led them to today, and where their path could go in the future.
Participants will explore the meaning of community: what defines their own communities and what makes an “ideal” community. They will think about issues that affect their communities, who has power to affect those issues, and the different forms of leadership and change-making. With the support of their group, each individual will create, execute, and reflect on their own small-scale community engagement project.
Your Values, Your Communities, and You
This theme combines aspects of “Identity, Choices & Meaning” with aspects of “Civic Engagement.”
Participants will discuss a different current events topic each week. ETA staff selects topics from a list brainstormed by participants, aiming for a balance of international, national, and local issues. Participants will share their perspectives and be encouraged to consider what different perspectives might be, as well as how the issue relates to them at their generational stage. At the end of each week, we will watch or read a brief news item to give an introduction to the next week’s topic.