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Join Play for Peace for a month + of training your heart, mind, and body, leading up to the virtual, Level Up: Race for Humanity 2020!

Congratulations! Your participation in the Level Up Race for Humanity 2020 will make this year less overwhelming and more fun for you and your family, co-workers, and/or friends.

We hope you feel more hopeful by joining our inspirational global community during this playful month-long challenge.

From September 1– October 8, you will participate in weekly activities to level up your body, mind, and heart. You will complete simple, virtual, guided activities and use video tools from experts in physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. 

Your journey will culminate in a race in which you can walk, run, or roll, while delivering compassionate acts of your choosing. Just think of the amazing video you could create and share of your Race for Humanity: of you walking to deliver appreciation notes to neighbors, running to drop off PPE to nursing homes, or rolling to a special place in your community to draw uplifting chalk art. You can participate however you choose!

DUE TO DEMAND THE RACE IS EXTENDED THROUGH OCTOBER 8TH!

Opening Ceremony

September 1 (Recording Available!)

Find inspiration and prepare to Level Up during the opening ceremony, which includes a warm welcome from the Play for Peace team, a motivational activity to help set your goals for the month, a tutorial of the Level Up spirit dance, and more! 

Click on the image above to view the recording!

Closing Ceremony

Noon EST, October 8 

Celebrate your successes with the entire Play for Peace community! Hear how fellow participants found compassion, connection, and community while leveling up their hearts, minds, and bodies. Reflect on your experiences and acts of kindness, and consider how you can continue to spread and share peace after the race. We can't wait to say, "Congratulations, you did it!" 

  • Preparing for the Race!

    You are now an important part of an effort to up-level, both individually and collectively. Through your participation in Level Up: Race for Humanity 2020 you will benefit personally and have a positive impact on others.

    You can participate in all of the ways that inspire you and skip over anything that is not of interest. You can participate by yourself, but we encourage you to invite others to participate with you to enhance your motivation and fun.

    The Digital Training Toolkit on this page includes the following:

    • Schedule: A week-by-week breakdown of activities you can do yourself, with family, with students, or in a group!
    • Badges: Instructions for earning four different badges to celebrate your success and dedication to leveling up.
    • Sharing: Invitations to post on your social media channels using #leveluphumanity2020, as a way to share your journey and inspire others.

    How can you participate right now?

    1. Review this page and set yourself up for an amazing month.

    2. Mark your plans on your calendar to make time for up-leveling! Basic activities will take no longer than 20–30 minutes a week. Activities will be available to view the Friday before the week begins; however, you may also want to make time for the additional amazing content we've added below.

    3. Invite loved ones, colleagues, and others to participate in the race with you, and help get them registered! Invite them to watch the opening ceremony which is posted on the page.

    4. Please share the event registration page with friends, family, and colleagues! Post videos about how you would like to level up or how you are committed to leveling up on your social media feed. Be sure to use #leveluphumanity2020

  • Compassion Week: September 5–11

    Compassion is the genuine desire to help when faced with others' suffering. Research suggests that compassion is an evolved part of human nature—in both our brain and biology—and can be cultivated for the greater good. Acting with compassion allows us to navigate conflict with more flexibility, grace, creativity, and tenacity. You can use this week to dive deep and reflect on moments when you've turned away when faced with the suffering, anger, fear, or alienation of others. Challenge yourself to see the suffering of others and respond with kindness and empathy. Make a plan for your Race for Humanity to include an act founded in a deeper understanding of compassion.

    As with all components of this event, deciding to earn a Compassion Champion Badge is your challenge, your choice! To earn your Compassion Badge this week, please complete the following:

    1. Play and reflect on the Compassion Module activities below. You can do these activities by yourself, with a few others, or in a group setting, such as a classroom or work/social group. 
    2. Try one additional activity from our Level Up Creators and support their participation. Support may include writing a note on one of their pages in gratitude, making a donation (all proceeds go to Play for Peace), or visiting/following one of their websites and social media channels. Please check the Level Up Creators section frequently, as new creators are added everyday.
    3. Post on your social media channels about your experience during Compassion Week and how you are leveling up with compassion. It can be a video or written post tagged with #leveluphumanity2020. We even have graphics for you to use, here! Invite others to join the race, as anyone can register at any time during the month of September.

    Level Up: Race for Humanity 2020 Preparation with Compassion! 

    Based on your learning throughout the week, brainstorm the act of kindness you will incorporate in your the race founded in a deep sense of compassion for yourself and others.

    Play for Peace Compassion Module Activities

    During this week, the following activities will support you in believing in the amazing capacity of you and others to develop and act with compassion. They'll help you to look at things from a wide variety of views (especially those not often heard well) and do what you can to remove your participation in the attacking culture—both within yourself and externally.

    Mind power 

    This activity is a reminder that we have amazing hidden capacities. When we are grounded in the reality that we can change the world with our actions and intentions, we realize that it is urgent for our mind and actions to be founded in compassion. This activity will act as a foundation upon which you will build your experience this month.

    • Instructions

      This activity requires a one-quarter inch flat metal washer and a fifteen-inch string per learner. Tie one end of the string through the hole of the washer. *If you do not have these items at home, a tea bag (with string & tag) can be used for this activity.

      1. Hold your sting & washer (or tea bag) straight out in front of you as still as possible until all movement stops.
      2. Using your concentration, look at the washer and see if you can get it to move side to side while keeping the hand holding the string as still as possible.
      3. Once you've succeeded at this; try making the washer move front to back.
      4. For a final challenge try to get the washer to move clockwise in a circle then counter clockwise.
    • Reflection

      What you’ll find is that simply with your intention and focus, you’ll be able to create something you didn’t know was possible – making a washer move with your thoughts. This activity is our reminder that we have amazing hidden capacities.

      The first step to creating the world that works for all is to be grounded in the reality that we have an amazing capacity to do things we don’t yet know we are capable of doing.

      The second step is to take actions that are in line with this perspective – small and large – anything that inspires you or seems like the thing to do. When you are in touch with your unlimited capacity, you no longer buy into your previously accepted constraints and limitations. You dare to try what can appear to be impossible. When you live from this place, you are living from your soul.

      This foundation will serve you well as you explore ways in which you can create transformations in your life and in our world.

      Some questions to reflect upon;

      • What has felt impossible to change that maybe you can bring some focus and concentration to this month?
      • The sense of wonder you might have felt when the washer/tea bag began to move, have you felt that in your life recently? 
      • Have you noticed any shift in your emotional state since committing to participate in the Race for Humanity?

    Perspective

    We are at a time when humanity is being asked to embrace multiple seemingly conflicting truths and look at life from a variety of perspectives—especially ones that have not been commonly accepted. This activity is not to encourage gaslighting or denying events and facts, but to understand that people create different meanings when experiencing the same situation.

    • Instructions
      1. Hold your hand as high in the air as you can with your finger pointed at the ceiling and draw a clockwise circle with this finger in the air.
      2. Now continue drawing this clockwise circle in the air with your finger pointed toward the ceiling and slowly bring your hand down to the point where you are circling with your finger pointed to the floor.
      3. Look down at your finger moving and notice that the circle is now going counter clockwise.
    • Reflection

      So what happened in this activity? Your perspective shifted but the circle’s direction did not. The first thing that we must understand is that there is not one reality – only perspectives on reality. Take a flower for instance. Human beings (who have sight) visually perceive the color and texture of the flower. A bee will not see the flower in the same way humans do. It will experience the flower as ultraviolet wavelengths. A bat will have yet another perception of the reality of a flower as the echo of ultrasound.

      We constrain ourselves when we decide our perspectives are the right ones, when we limit our access to a broad range of wisdom and when we fail to embrace multiple ways of knowing and being. Certainly, if history is any indication, parts of what we now KNOW to be true or fact will turn out to be incomplete, inaccurate or just plain wrong.

      It can be useful to loosen our grip on what we KNOW to be true and be open to wisdom that differs from ours. It will be essential to use the wisdom of all cultures and to respect our inter-connectedness to solve the problems of our time in this global community. This will require that we learn to create space for embracing what will seem to be mutually exclusive beliefs and practices. Learning to hold multiple, seemingly conflicting truths is an essential skill to coexist in a global world.

      Some questions to reflect upon;

      • How open to others perspectives do you think you are?
      • How open do you think others are to your perspectives?
      • If there is a big difference between these two is it that you are more open minded than most or are you less open-minded than you think?
      • How hard would it be for you to change your perspective on some of your most deeply held beliefs or positions?
      • What would it take to change your mind? What are some things that we used to believe a long time ago that we now know are not true?
      • What might we believe now that later on we will discover is not accurate?

    Hand Slap

    No one does their best work while under attack, and most of us experience times when we feel under attack internally and externally. Attacks come from many places (i.e. cultural conditioning, toxicities, stress overload, info and decision overload, divisiveness, unhealthy coping strategies). Anything we can do to reduce our participation in these attacks can help—especially internal attacks on ourselves.

    • Instructions
      1. Stand face to face with another person and have your palms facing down placed on top your partner's hands that are palms facing up.
      2. The person in the palms up position quickly flips their hands and tries to slap the hands of the other person before they pull their hands away.
      3. If you are the slapper (palms up person) in this version of the game you also give the slapee (palms down person) four or five simple addition and subtraction questions while trying to slap their hands before they pull away.
      4. Trade roles so each person gets to be the slapper and the slapee.
      5. Once both people have experienced the challenge reflect on your ability to do the math while "under attack."

    • Reflection

      So how well were you able to do math while under attack? Not so well if you are like most people. This activity is a powerful reminder that you will never do your best work while under attack. And you never even have to slap your partner for them to know that you are a threat. The game is the set-up. This is another piece of our cultural conditioning that interferes with our magnificence, persecution of others and ourselves. In a world that emphasizes competition, judgment, criticism and fear of difference, we have created an environment that is not conducive to the best work of anyone involved.

      Ending the practice of persecuting ourselves and others turns wasted energy into a powerful force for change. You can teach yourself and others to practice feeling good about who you are. When you come from a place that is deeply confident about your goodness as a human being, you have the strength to face up to the ways you are not your best without self persecution or defensiveness. When you feel truly good about who you are, you reduce your participation in self-pity parties, efforts to prove how good you are and obsessions about what others think of you. When you are at peace with yourself, you have no need to judge, criticize or demean others. This saves an amazing amount of time and energy that you can direct toward making a difference in the world!

      Our culture of persecution also contributes to our focus on ineffective ways of dealing with the problems and issues we face together. Rather than using an eye for an eye approach, it is an act of humanity and integrity to treat others with dignity, even when they choose not to treat you that way. We confuse this with being a doormat or a victim, but in fact, it is the opposite. You are demonstrating that you have compassion and courage to do nothing in perpetuating injustice and persecution.

    Additional Resources

    Compassion Champion Badge

    Once you have successfully completed the Compassion Module, supported a Level Up Creator, and posted about your experience, we invite you to download the Compassion Badge image on the right and proudly share it with friends and family. You can then continue on your Level Up journey, reflecting on how you might "up your game" around compassion. Don't forget to think about creative ways you can bring compassion into your culminating race at the end of the month. 

    If you are further inspired to give, considering making an additional donation on the race registration page, so that more youth in communities affected by conflict can participate with us this month! 

    CONGRATULATIONS ON EARNING YOUR COMPASSION BADGE! 

  • Connection Week: September 12–18

    Connection is the healthy alignment between you and others that enhances belonging, intimacy, and thoughtfulness. Connection can be to self, other human beings, animals, the natural world, or spirituality. Healthy connections enhance well being in body, mind, and heart for everyone involved. Use this week to dive deep and reflect on ways to deepen your connections. Consider inviting others to join you on your Race for Humanity journey, as it will be helpful to practice reaching out and deepening your connections.

    As with all components of this event, deciding to earn a Connection Champion Badge is your challenge, your choice! To earn your Connection Badge this week, please complete the following:

    1. Play and reflect on the Connection Module activities below. You can do these activities by yourself, with a few others, or in a group setting, such as a classroom or work/social group. 
    2. Try one additional activity from our Level Up Creators and support their participation. Support may include visiting one of their pages and writing a note in gratitude or making a donation (all proceeds go to Play for Peace), or visiting/following a Creator's website and social media channels. Please check back here frequently as new creators are added every day.
    3. Post a video or written thoughts on your social media feed about your experience during Connection Week, as well as how you are leveling up with compassion. Be sure to tag it with #leveluphumanity2020. We have even provided graphics for you here! Invite others to join, as anyone can register at any time during the month of September.

    Level Up: Race for Humanity 2020 Preparation with Connection! 

    Based on your learning throughout the week, brainstorm how you will connect with others during your race.

    Play for Peace Connection Module Activities

    To support you in the process of deepening your connections, use the following activities to help you move beyond your initial negative reactions. You'll find win-win scenarios when difficulties arise, and feel love rather than hate within yourself and in your interactions with others.

    Hand Fold

    While many of us have negative emotional reactions to new things, we can train ourselves to evaluate them first so we can choose how we really feel. Having an initial negative reaction to differences inhibits connection with others, while being open to new things increases connection.

    • Instruction

      1. Clasp your hands together in front of you with interwoven fingers like you are preparing for prayer. How does this feel for you? Common responses to this question include "relaxed," "comfortable" and "fine."
      2. Now switch thumbs so that the thumb that was in the bottom position is now on top and re-lace your fingers to match. How does this feel, especially in comparison to the first one? Common responses to this question include "weird," "awkward" and "uncomfortable."

      The goal in this activity is to help people see that we are culturally conditioned to view things we are not familiar with, as negative.

    • Reflection

      You know the first hand position isn’t good and the second hand position isn’t evil. The first one is just what you are used to and the other is what you’re not used to. It is a reminder that you are conditioned to have a negative emotional reaction to things that are unfamiliar to you. You don’t need to feel guilty, but it is very useful to be aware of this tendency. This awareness can teach you to expect initial negative reactions to the unfamiliar. You can then consciously choose to delay judgment based on your initial reaction and take time to evaluate things for their true value.

      Once aware of this dynamic you have the power to transform the distrust of difference into openness and acceptance of the diverse ways of being all around you, letting this enrich your life. This gives you access to a variety of powerful tools for transformation in your life and in the world.

      When we embark on new learning, it is helpful to remember that what is different than we are used to may initially feel uncomfortable. It will be essential to use the wisdom of all cultures (including the ones that seem wrong to us), and respect our inter-connectedness to solve the problems of our time in this global community. This will require that we learn to create space for embracing what will seem to be mutually exclusive beliefs and practices. Learning to hold multiple, seemingly conflicting truths, is an essential skill for a global citizen.

    Thumb Wrestle

    We often find ourselves competing with others, even when a better opportunity for success exists when we collaborate together. In fact, we all usually get more of what we want when we collaborate instead of competing with one other. Finding "win- win" answers is key to leveling up.

    • Instruction

      Get into the thumb wrestling position with someone next to you. If you are by yourself, use the same hand clasp from the previous activity and your own two thumbs, you'll have to be a bit creative for this one! There are two things to keep in mind:

      1. How to score a point (gently pin the other thumb down - explain that this is a non-violent activity and make a joke about no nail marks, hair pulling or biting).
      2. The object of the activity is for everyone to get as many points as possible.

      Repeat these two things if needed. Then explain that they need to keep track of their individual points. Then say, ready, go. Let them play for a few minutes until you see some people are cooperating (letting each other score points) and some are competing. You should end the game when there are still some people competing.
      Then you say stop put your thumbs down. Find out how many points people scored. In a small crowd of fifteen or less, you can go to individual people and find out how many points they got.


      In the larger groups you'll want to say, now raise your hands if you got ten or fewer points. That will probably be the majority of everyone present. Then you say if you got eleven to twenty-five points, raise your hands, and finally twenty-six or more. Ask the twenty-six or more group how many they got. People will wonder what happened - did groups cheat?

      Then you can say, “It is obvious that the groups who got twenty-six or more points did something different than most groups.” Then have a group who each scored twenty-six or more points demonstrate their technique to the group. At this point things become visually obvious to the participants. Ask, why would they have done the activity this way? People then begin to
      remember that the point was for everyone to get as many points as possible.

      You then explain, “What we did here was put you in a competitive environment and give you a cooperative goal. And even though we are probably some of the more cooperative people around, this activity demonstrates that most of us will be drawn toward competition by habit, even when cooperation would get both parties more of what they want. We all live in a very competitive society. It is unfortunate that even when competition isn’t the best approach, we end up using it. Because the cultural conditioning is so strong, we need to make a conscious effort to notice when we fall into the habit of competing and ask ourselves is there a win-win solution here that I am not yet seeing?

    • Reflection

      There was an unlimited amount of points to go around in this activity, but most of us get stuck in the mindset of scarcity because of our training in competitiveness. We are taught to focus on personal gain more than on mutual benefit. We are trained to believe that there is an "us versus them" reality, that there is not enough to go around, that more, is better and that we should resign ourselves to accepting this. Sufficiency is the perfect place of enough resources to thrive.

      Our over emphasis on competitiveness has us falling into the habit of competing even when we would gain more from a cooperative approach. We also misapply competition by using it in ways that are detrimental to our relationships and our lives, like becoming addicted to winning at all costs and by putting competition and winning above the wellbeing of our relationships.

      What if we decided to compete in a way that was uplifting and empowering to all participants? What if we redirected our need for success that brings power over people, material excess and harm to others and took on humanities largest, toughest challenges?

    Polarization

    Negative feelings towards ourselves and others is damaging to us. Polarization is a huge feeder of stress and fear for many of us. This activity can be used to explore the damages caused by participating in polarization and the benefits of ending our participation.

    • Instruction

      Another piece of our cultural conditioning, which interferes with our ability to come together as a human community, is polarization. Try the following visualization activity to explore polarization with me. Relax and think of someone you really love, someone who is a joy to be around, someone who makes you feel wonderful. Think of a time when you were together that was memorable. Take a minute to get present to what this is like for you emotionally and physically. Notice what feelings and body sensations are present.

      Now think of someone you dislike or even hate, someone who makes you angry, someone whose values and behavior make you sick, someone who causes an intense negative reaction when you are around them. Take a minute to get present to what this is like for you emotionally and physically. Notice what feelings and body sensations are present.

      The point of this exercise is to remind us that our judgment and hatred of others is damaging to us (not to those who are the objects of our displeasure). It is like swallowing poison and expecting it to hurt our enemies. It also reminds us that the love we feel for others can be a great healing force in our lives. If we can rethink and reframe our relationship to our adversaries and enemies, we can see that our participation in fueling hatred is damaging to us.

    • Reflection

      It will be productive for us to disengage in the polarization that has become such a way of life. Each time we vilify those who do not share our point of view we actually increase their power and expand the divide between them and us. We can ask ourselves, “Am I fueling the polarization in my community or school? Am I making those who disagree with me wrong and evil for their beliefs? Or am I building bridges of understanding between people who would consider me an adversary or whom I would consider an enemy? Am I reaching out across any and all divides in my life to reclaim the bond that all human beings share? Am I striving to communicate and behave in ways that help everyone on the planet access their shared humanity?”

      How much of our energy is focused on judging and being displeased with others? How much of our energy is focused on loving and caring for others? How might our lives be different if we increased our focus on love and decreased our focus on hate? Are there ways in our lives that we are trying to reach across differences or heal polarizations? How can we start, if we are not already doing this, or increase our efforts if we are already doing so?

      It is very useful to unlearn the practice of polarization because the same skills and energy we use to direct judgment and criticism at others, is what we direct inward in self-doubt and attacks.

      There are physical and mental health costs to participating in polarization. What physical and mental issues of ours might be partially a result of polarization (any stress related problems would qualify)? Are these health costs worth it?

      We are unlikely to successfully address the global crisis we are currently facing with the degree of polarization that exists in the world today. What commitments are you willing to make in ending your participation in polarization?

    Additional Resources

    Connection Champion Badge

    Once you have successfully completed the Connection Module, supported a Level Up Creator, and posted about your experience, we invite you to download the Connection Badge and proudly share it with friends and family. You can then continue your journey throughout this month, reflecting on how you might "up your game" around connection. Don't forget to think about creative ways you can deepen your connections leading up to the race you will do in week four. 

    If you are further inspired to give, considering making an additional donation on the race registration page. Your support will help us to sponsor more youth in communities affected by conflict so they can participate this month! 

    CONGRATULATIONS FOR EARNING YOUR CONNECTION BADGE! 

  • Community Week: September 19–25

    Caring community blossoms when we focus on what we want to create instead of on what we don’t want to create. When we bring compassion to how we sabotage ourselves and others and reach for the expression of our best selves. 

    Community building involves enhancing the social and structural functioning of a group of people with shared interests or needs, enabling all community members to create new ways of viewing and relating to one another, as well as new systems and structures that enhance the well being of everyone.

    As with all components of this event, deciding to earn a Community Champion Badge is your challenge, your choice! To earn your Community Badge this week, please complete the following:

    1. Participate in and reflect on the Community Module activities below. Do these activities by yourself, with a few others, or in a group setting, such as a classroom or work/social group. 
    2. Try one additional activity from our Level Up Creators and support their participation. Support may include visiting one of their pages to write a note of gratitude or making a donation (all proceeds go to Play for Peace), or visiting/following a Creator's website and social media channels. Please check back here frequently, as new creators are added every day.
    3. Post a video or written thoughts on your social media feed about your experience during Connection Week, as well as how you are leveling up with your community. Be sure to tag it with #leveluphumanity2020. We have even provided graphics for you here! Invite others to join, as anyone can register at any time during the month of September.

    Level Up: Race for Humanity 2020 Preparation with Community! 

    Based on your learning throughout the week, brainstorm how you will connect with others during your race.

    Play for Peace Community Module Activities

    Focus

    When we are fixated on things like fear, scarcity, and negativity, it is harder to find what we are looking to create, such as peace and abundance. By focusing on what we want more of and adding that into our community ourselves, we are more effective in creating a better world.

    • Instruction
      1. Curve both of your hands to create a scope and put it on one eye.  Keep that eye open and close the one without the scope. 
      2. Now try to find various items in the room. If you are in a group, have one person call them out – find someone you like, find a light fixture, find something blue, find some shoes you like, find an door handle. 
      3. Now take the scope off and open both eyes and let’s try it again.  Find something yellow, find someone who you don’t know well, find a different light fixture, find a briefcase or backpack, and finally find a logo of any company on anything. 
      4. What we notice in doing this is that when we narrow our focus it makes it harder to find what we are looking for.
    • Reflection

      So as you experienced earlier, it took much more effort to locate things when your view was restricted versus when you came to the challenge with a full spectrum of vision.  When we come to the challenges we face with a broad perspective, open to the infinite possibilities available, this maximizes our creativity in developing solutions and empowers us to be bravely confident and hopeful about our success.

      1. To what degree so you think you are focused on scarcity?  What about others in your life – your friends, family etc.? 
      2. What are things you obsess about acquiring?  What do others you know focus on getting more and more of? 
      3. Name all of the things you can think of that you don’t feel you have enough of.  How does this focus affect how you feel about yourself? 
      4. What are the ways in which you don’t feel like enough- smart enough, cute enough, powerful enough and so on? 

    Hope Jump

    We sabotage ourselves by not understanding and acting upon the healthy needs of our bodies, minds, and hearts—individually and as communities. We contribute significantly to our community when we care for ourselves and support others in doing so as well.

    • Instruction
      1. Our culture makes us seem silly, naïve, confused, etc. if we are hopeful, and encourages us to give up hope in the name of being realistic (translated hopeless). 
      2. Start by standing in place and jumping as high as you can while leaving your arms limp by their side. 
      3. Next jump as high as they can while thrusting their arms up in the air using their arms to contribute to the upwards momentum. 
      4. Then jump as high as they can while they thrust their arms down towards the ground.  
      5. Explore how we interfere with our success by apathy (limp arms) or self-sabotage (thrusting arms down).
    • Reflection

      The Hope Jump activity explores how we interfere with our success with apathy or self-sabotage.

    Best Self

    It is helpful to be aware of how we function under pressure, because there is an extraordinary amount of pressure happening for most of us now. Using self compassion, we can recognize when we are not our best selves, commit to how we want to grow, and ask for the support we need.

    • Instruction

      Think through the following questions or discuss with a partner if you are in a group.

      • When I am not my best self I tend to…
      • Given that I’m committed to growing into my fabulousness, I will instead strive to…
      • Support from others I would like on this is…

      It is important to be specific and concrete on the last question!

      Next, reflect on, journal about or discuss the following;

      • What exactly, word for word, do you want others to say to you? 
      • What tone of voice should be used when this is said?
      • Are there exceptions to this that people should know about?
      • What nonverbal language should be used?
      • What will not work well?
      • Is there anything that is similar to what you have asked for that might confuse people?
    • Reflection

      What you will usually discover is how ridiculous of some your expectations are around communication such as:

      • Thinking that people should know what we need even if we don’t express it well or even at all.
      • The complicated extenuating circumstances surrounding whether a particular support strategy will work or not work at any given moment.
      • How different our needs can be and how challenging it can be to figure out support to each other
      • Encourage yourself to appreciate how complicated it can be to provide support in a way that meets each individual’s needs, since they vary so much from time to time.  Strongly encourage the group to learn to appreciate any attempt at providing support, instead of holding out for perfection.

    Additional Resources

    Community Champion Badge

    Once you have successfully completed the Community Module, supported a Level Up Creator, and posted about your experience, we invite you to download the Community Badge and proudly share it with friends and family. You can then continue your journey throughout this month, reflecting on how you might "up your game" in your community. Don't forget to think about creative ways you can support your community leading up to the race you will do in week four. 

    If you are further inspired to give, considering making an additional donation on the race registration page. Your support will help us to sponsor more youth in communities affected by conflict so they can participate this month! 

    CONGRATULATIONS FOR EARNING YOUR COMMUNITY CHAMPION BADGE! 

  • Race for Humanity: September 26 - October 8

    Congratulations on making it through to the final week! You have invested your time taking the next step in your personal growth. Let these final activities be a celebration also of your desire to make the world a better place.

    In this final module we will look at systems of oppression. We see that this system of oppression hurt all of us and that together we can create more humane and workable systems that lift us all up. As these systems are broken down it will get easier to create compassion, connection and community.

    As with all components of this event, deciding to earn a Race for Humanity Badge is your challenge, your choice! To earn your Community Badge this week, please complete the following:

    1. Participate in and reflect on the Race for Humanity Module activities below. Do these activities by yourself, with a few others, or in a group setting, such as a classroom or work/social group. 
    2. Try one additional activity from our Level Up Creators and support their participation. Support may include visiting one of their pages to write a note of gratitude or making a donation (all proceeds go to Play for Peace), or visiting/following a Creator's website and social media channels. Please check back here frequently, as new creators are added every day.
    3. Post a video or written thoughts on your social media feed about your experience during Connection Week, as well as how you are leveling up with your community. Be sure to tag it with #leveluphumanity2020. We have even provided graphics for you here! Invite others to join, as anyone can register at any time during the month of September.

    Level Up: Race for Humanity 2020 Preparation with Community! 

    Based on your learning throughout the week, brainstorm how you will connect with others during your race.

    Level Up: Race for Humanity Module Activities

    Systems of Oppression

    This is about pulling off the veil of denial and examining the system that is hurting us all. It is about
    doing this in a way that empowers people, instead of alienating them. It is about doing this in a way that moves away from shame and blame and towards mutual responsibility and possibility. Use this handout which includes instructions and reflection questions.

    Race for Humanity!

    Select your distance (2.2K to 20.2K), the way you want to move (walk, run, bike, roll) and the act of kindness you will do for your community.

    Share Your Experience

    When shared, your experience can have a positive ripple effect on your family, friends and community.

    Steps

    1. Reflect on your experience through journaling, meditating or discussion with others.
    2. Share your reflection in writing, via recorded or live video/audio.
    3. Post on your social media channels using the hashtag #leveluphumanity2020

    Level Up: Race for Humanity 2020 Badge

    Once you have successfully completed the Race for Humanity Module, supported a Level Up Creator, and posted about your experience, we invite you to download the Race for Humanity Badge and proudly share it with friends and family. 

    If you are further inspired to give, considering making an additional donation on the race registration page. Your support will help us to sponsor more youth in communities affected by conflict so they can participate this month! 

    CONGRATULATIONS FOR EARNING YOUR RACE FOR HUMANITY BADGE! 

    Please keep racing through October 8th!

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