This activity is done to help build unity and to let each youth know that they are appreciated and why.
A couple of weeks leading up to the actual meeting, have someone take individual pictures of each member of your group (leaders included). Have that person print the picture in the corner of an 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper giving ample room for people to write on it.
On the night of the meeting, post each person’s picture on the wall all around the perimiter of the room. Give lots of space between each picture. After your talk on unity and lifting one another up, have everyone take a pen and go right around the room and write an “I like you because…” statement on each person’s picture. They never sign their names.
It is a great morale booster for the group when each person gets to see what all the others think of them.
Of course you have to make the rule, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” There is always one goofball in every group that will write something stupid.
Each person can then take the paper home and any time they are feeling a bit low they can pull it out and be reminded that they are worth something to someone.