For adolescents from racially and economically marginalized communities, conceptualizing future goals and success goes way beyond personal interests and passions. Family, community, and societal influences play a role in how youth of color imagine their future.
Before any future planning can begin, students need time, attention, and guidance to imagine their postsecondary future selves.
Lead a series of activities in your classroom or program
to help students think deeply and imagine their futures.
Prepare yourself to guide students in constructive ways as they express their vision.
See what other students have said as they've engaged in future-self thinking and dreaming.
“Envisioning, let alone enacting certain futures, is a freedom not equally possible for all young people.”
RODERICK L. CAREY, PH.D.
Ready to introduce your students to their future selves?
Explore the Lesson Plans:
Students will think broadly and boldly about their future 5 years from now.
Students will explore the powerful influences at work in their lives that can cause them to set limits, or defy them.
Students will determine how the three Cs of their imagined future selves work together to become a reality.