Whizz-Kidz ambassador at a Young People's Participation  Camp, Surrey 2013

What’s the aim of the game?                                          

  • It can be used to encourage the group to evaluate their campaign.
  • It can also be used to encourage members of the group to make commitments on the next steps of the campaign.

What equipment do we need?

Blank paper and envelope for everyone.

Pens for everyone.

Flip chart and marker pens to write up beginning of sentences.

How do we play it?

1. Give everyone a sheet of paper, an envelope and a pen.

2. Ask them to write today’s date and title at the top: ‘A letter to myself’.

3. Suggested sentence starters:

Dear Me

Today I attended...

We have been working on a campaign about...

It has made me think about... As a result I will...

Signed...

4. Once everyone has written their letters, they should put it in an envelope and give it to the club leader.

5. At the next club the leader will give each young person their letter back.

How much time will it take?

  • This activity should last about 15/20 minutes.
  • How can the activity be adapted and extended?
  • Ask the group to share the ideas they have put in their letters.
  • Add more sentence starters such as: what will you tell your friends about today?

What roles can staff and volunteers play?

  • Above all else be enthusiastic, encourage everyone to take part and make sure everyone’s voice is listened to.
  • If needed,  HCAs, staff and volunteer can help the young people to communicate their ideas,  help the young people to move around the room and generally support young people to actively take part.
  • Ensure that each young person’s letter is kept safe and is returned to them at the next club.

You can download this game as a PDF.