Is it a fancy word for answering questions? A time to fill out a survey with options (A), (B) or (C)? Or, is reflection a:
- Summation of one’s personal experiences, feelings and ideas, which influence the way he or she interacts with the world?
- Opportunity to synthesize new information, with one’s existing knowledge, thus identifying areas of congruity and areas of disparity?
- Springboard to deepen or modify one’s inner morals and principles, through surmising on topics that challenge us to craft our “personal opinion”?
- Learning moment when one shares his or her reflection with the group, painting a “clearer and inclusive picture” of the topic?
Today, Youth Leaders at the 2013 Special Olympics Global Youth Activation Summit, engaged in a Comprehensive Reflection Time, even though we have only participated in Four Youth Do Change the World Educational Sessions. Rather than waiting until the end of the Summit to reflect, we allotted time so we can (1) celebrate our successes (2) identify our challenges and (3) create an action plan moving forward.
Through an interactive protocol, everyone was able to discuss these important questions, while meeting new people. From the reflection, we co-created a list of seven action points, that we will incorporate throughout the rest of the Summit. As you can see from these pictures, the value and creative expression from fellow youth leaders is nothing less-than amazing.
As young people, we are redefining how we can best support each other. As co-leaders, we are taking the roles of both teachers and learners. As advocates, we are committing ourselves to equity, inclusion and dignity for all People.