Make Connections: Six Degrees of Separation

One of the hallmarks of the Citizen Schools apprenticeship model is exposing middle school students to careers they might like to study in college or pursue after high school graduation.  In order for us to accomplish this goal, we must provide them with the tools to network and make connections with people or companies when they are ready to start their career.

An opening ritual that can support this mission is to play a game similar to “6 Degrees of Separation (or Kevin Bacon).”  It is a lot of fun to play this game using celebrities, but it can be very informative to play the game connecting two people the students actually know.  This will require them to examine relationships between people and will help them to realize that every relationship can be a resource.  How might they connect themselves to the Mayor of their city?  How can they connect their Citizen Teacher with the Campus Director?  How is one of their parents connected to any person who works in construction?  Your students might realize they have a bigger network than they anticipated!

Recommended for apprenticeships that teach about the importance of professional and personal relationships.

Potential sectors: Business & Finance, Media & Journalism, Philanthropy & Community Service, and Arts & Culture

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