The March: 120+ Strong
Posted on 11/15/2019 @ 12:00 PM
“I thought I knew myself much better than I actually do”
– MOTL 2020 Participant
Identity. This is something that teens today continue to struggle with and understand. Their identities are evolving during teen years and our hope is that they explore their roles in their community and how they want to be perceived. Teens are at a unique place in their life where forming their identity is so important to how they engage with the world around them.
This past Sunday, November 10th, the topic of identity was explored in depth when over 120 Jewish high school seniors from Miami-Dade joined together to begin their six-month journey with Miami's Leo Martin March of the Living.
The teens learned about identity in many different ways from the personal, interpersonal and community levels. Through active listening skills and interactive games, they got to know each other by reflecting on who they are and how society perceives them.
They also learned about the identities of Jews who lived before the Holocaust through pictures, stories, and video testimonies, reflecting on how the stories parallel their own lives as teens in the 21st century. Students learned that Jews had relatively “normal” lives before the war and that to mourn their deaths, we need to appreciate their lives.
As in the quote above, many of the participants left Sunday's session contemplating their identity, proving that this is a great first step to thinking about where they belong in this world. One of the main goals of the March of the Living is for the participants to leave the program knowing more about who they are, where they came from, where they are going, and how they will make a difference when they get there.
Most importantly, the excitement from the teens was contagious. Throughout the day, they were engaged in the learning and community building, and we are looking forward to continue the journey with all of them.
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