Choosing Friends

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What does friendship mean to you? Role models in this video share what true friendships are—where to look for them and how to know it when you find them.

You know that school is important. But did you know that your friendships can actually make a big difference in your life, including with your success in school? When it comes to friends, it can be hard to know how to choose them. The role models in this video are here to help. They also offer helpful advice for handling the problems that come up even with the best of friends, including knowing how to say “no” if something doesn’t feel right.

Fun Page Activity: Is a friend someone you can trust? Should a friend always agree with you? Do friends need to like the same things? This activity lets you decide what is important in the friends you choose!

Independent Learning Guide: Watch the "Friends" video, then use this guide to find information you can use in your own life when you choose friends. Plus, have fun trying out things to say when a friend asks you to do something that is "not so cool." This all-purpose guide can also be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a valuable discussion that reinforces tips for choosing friends.

Classroom Lesson Plan: This step-by-step lesson plan is available to guide a more in-depth "before, during, and after" learning experience when viewing the video with students. This lesson plan is also suitable for use in after-school programs and other educational settings.