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What Do I Believe?

Example Exercise from the BE SAFE Curriculum:

This exercise is designed to create self-awareness and understanding of each individual’s own knowledge and experience regarding the BE SAFE issues. The goal is discussion, not an arrival at a “correct answer.”


Youthworkers will be able to identify and deconstruct their personal beliefs and preconceptions surrounding BE SAFE issues.


Before beginnng the activity, write the following statements on chart paper and cover them.

  • As a youth worker it is not my business to get involved in teen relationships even when I am concerned about their safety.
  • 1 in 5 female Massachusetts high school students reported being physically and/or sexually abused by a dating partner.
  1. Have group break up into dyads and tell them that they are going to have a couple of minutes to discuss a commonly held value or belief.
  2. Uncover statement A.
  3. Ask them to consider whether A is true for themselves, their family, their communities, or their workplaces.
  4. After a couple of minutes have passed, uncover B.
  5. Explain to them that B is a fact. Ask them to discuss that since B is a fact, what impact does it have on A?
  6. Have the group come together to discuss as a large group. Dyads should be encouraged to share the nuggets of their conversation.
  7. Prompts to further discussion
    • What does “being involved” mean?
    • Is abuse something we talk about with young people? Should we? How do we?
    • What is the program policy about getting involved? On what level is “involvement” expected or encouraged?