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Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations
Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations

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Sometimes you may feel you have to act in a particular way, for example, because that’s how your community is seen or what people expect of you, based on the past. This can have life changing consequences for you and others around you.

In this course you have learned the power of thinking things through before you act. You have explored how community might shape your action and choices and you have considered how you can create your own understanding of community. You have identified your personal values. You explored some of the reasons why you make the choices you do, developed your skills for thinking critically and skills to help you make the right decisions for you. And you have considered the role you want to play in your community or communities and how you can go about doing this.

As you get ready to use your new skills and voice in the world, take a few minutes to listen to this final message from William.

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Video 2: Final word from William
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Now you have completed the course, you should be able to:

  • consider how external factors shape personal identity and choices
  • ask questions and think critically about information
  • explore different perspectives
  • broaden thoughts about the future and develop a voice to work with others for a positive change.
Figure 2 (repeated): Group illustration from left to right: Dylan, Matty, Brandon, Adam (top row) and Ashton, Ryan, Stephen, William (bottom row). William (Project Director for the ACT Initiative) is on the right of the group.

Thank you for doing our course and for taking the time to think about things that matter to you. We hope you enjoyed it.

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