From Theme Three: The Vision

Youth participating in the 'A Look to the Future' activity.


For students to begin thinking about what they would like their future to look like.

Student Outcome

Student will be able to compare the differences between life today and 10 years from now.

Portfolio Placement


Time Frame

30 minutes

Size of Group

Large or small group

Materials Needed

  • Handout: “A Look to the Future"
  • Dry-erase board and markers
  • Large piece of butcher block paper for each student
  • Old magazines, calendars, newspapers, clip art, Internet resources, or pictures
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Alternative option: Computers/devices

Before You Begin

  • Make copies of handouts for students.
  • Alternative option: Have students complete all of the following steps using a digital format to create a presentation.


  1. Give each student a copy of Handout: “A Look to the Future.”
  2. Tell students that they will be developing a poster or presentation to illustrate their current life and how they envision their future.
  3. Go through each section of the poster and discuss some ideas about each: life today, life 10 years from now, things I like about life today, things I look forward to, things I don’t like today, and things I am afraid of in the future.
  4. Have students jot down anything they dream about for themselves on their handout.
  5. Next provide students with poster paper, magazines, scissors, glue, and markers and ask them to construct their own collage of their personal “Look to the Future.”
  6. Have students write each of the six phrases from their handout on the large sheet, leaving room to illustrate each phrase with pictures. Have students use any of the pictures they find from the stacks of magazines, clip art, online, pictures provided, or draw their own pictures that best illustrate their ideas.
  7. When students have completed their collages, ask for volunteers to share their collage with the group.
  8. After sharing, have students hang their posters up around the room.
  9. Invite community members, elders, and family members in for the sharing session.


  1. What have you included in your collage?
  2. Why have you selected the pictures and drawings you chose?
  3. Did you have any surprises when you developed your poster and thought about your future?
  4. How does this activity relate to your transition process?


Journal/Community Circle — What do you see in your future?