Choosing Friends

Diverse women role models smiling beneath the word friends
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Choosing Friends (1:19)

“Your friends are people who are going to believe in you. your friends are people who you can trust no matter what. Your friends are people who are going to be there for you. They’re going to stand up for you. They’re going to tell you the truth.”

Video Transcript

Your friends are people who are going to believe in you. your friends are people who you can trust no matter what. Your friends are people who are going to be there for you. They’re going to stand up for you. They’re going to tell you the truth.

Even at the age of 13, be selective on who you call friend.

You put yourself around people who want to do the same things that you do, and you can’t be afraid to say no to the bad things if that’s not what you want to do.

So make sure the people around you are people who have similar interests to yourself, similar dreams, goals, passions.

If you do something at school that’s not so cool, your friend will be able to say, “Hey, that probably wasn’t the best thing to do. Maybe next time you can do this instead.” And friends will actually be okay with that, especially if it’s coming from a place of love that’s very genuine.

True deep friendships are the things that build you up and make you feel good, might challenge you at times, but only in your best interests. And just know and love your female friends, because they’re going to be a source of strength and companionship that are going to last your whole life through, no matter what else happens.

Discussion Guide

Independent Learning Guide: This all-purpose guide can be used by educators, parents, and mentors to jumpstart a lively discussion about choosing friends.

Classroom Lesson Plan

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.

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.

Empowerment Activities

Use Empowerment Activities as a fun way to reinforce the video topic and build community with your students.

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Fun Page Activity

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!