unit one

Fears and Expectations


  1. To determine if the young people have any expectations or concerns regarding the programme.
  2. Young people will have a clearer picture of what they can expect from the programme and what is expected of them.
  3. To quell any unnecessary fears the young people may have at an early stage.  

Length of exercise: 20 minutes

Materials needed:

  1. Pens/markers
  2. Flip chart paper


  1. Before starting the exercise, using a flip chart, the facilitator will divide the sheet in two with a marker.  The title of the left column will be HOPES and the title of the right column will be FEARS (See attached).
  2. Firstly, the young people, one-by-one are asked to shout out their FEARS for the programme, no matter how “stupid” the young people may feel they are.  Without comment, the hopes are listed in the left column on the chart paper. (5min)
  3. This process is then repeated, where the young people are asked to shout out their HOPES in relation to the programme. (5min)
  4. Once the hopes and fears have been charted, the facilitator goes through each hope and fear, one at a time explaining the chance of each occurring.  E.g. Question: “I hope to make new friends” - Answer: “The leaders will support you with this but this can only happen if each of you put in the effort too”. (10min)
  5. The young people are informed that at the end of the week the group will re-visit the chart to determine if the hopes were reached or their fears put to rest. (2min)

Facilitator notes:

  1. It is recommended that this exercise is conducted early on the first day so that if the young people have any major concerns, they can be “put to rest”. 
  2. Some young people may find it difficult to share their fears, in the first session in particular.  If this is the case this exercise can be conducted as a secret ballot.