Session 4: My Name

This session leads the workshop into its first thematic phase: Identity. In the past, we’ve had diverse experiences with this workshop, but youth have always found its particular theme – My Name – to be powerful. Sometimes the discussions around the theme have been very engaging and insightful. At other times, the discussions have been one-dimensional despite probes and prompts from facilitators. In order to avoid such a situation, we’ve added a new activity: a focus write on the theme, My Name. We hope this gives each participant space for introspection, even for the quiet participants.

The writing activity for this particular session has been consistently popular. Its simple and the end results are almost always beautiful.

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One Comment on “Session 4: My Name”

  1. queer3779 Says:


    This session is one of our most time-tested ones, and it never fails. Same with Don Bosco. It’s just that on that particular day, we arrived a little late or something, so we started directly with free writing exercise. Funnily, this group often says they do not want to start with games. They are a more serious group at one level.

    When we asked them to free write about their name, they were forthcoming. They took the non-stop writing practice as a challenge. As they wrote, we spelled out the questions one by one and repeated them. What they came up with was really nice. They were very eager to read what they had written. The discussion about names was lively. They also talked about last names and what they mean. Rohan Sheikh said that although he has a first name like a Hindi film hero, his last name is something he does not like, because it points out his religion. He believes that ‘Mondol’ is a great last name, because a ‘Mondol’ can be Hindu or Christian or even Muslim!

    Sandra’s poem drew a mixed reaction. Some said it was really sad, so they did not like it. Some were intrigued that the same name can mean different things in different languages. Most of them asked what she means by saying her name is like “number nine”. I really did not have an answer 
    But everyone agreed that the little poem gives an insight into the girl’s character, and the way she sees herself.

    The name poem was written easily by the youth.
    And everyone liked the session. I do not see what we could possibly want to change in this session plan.

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