The Bridge School

Self-Determination Program

Activity 4: Snapshot of Me

Students engage in discussions and activities to develop awareness about themselves as individuals and document the qualities/traits that make them unique.


Mentees identify personal characteristics, preferences, interests and feelings.

Mentees recognize commonalities and differences among themselves.

Mentees discuss with the team the different Snapshot of Me areas and the things that they feel good about or not so good about.

Mentees begin to learn about goals and the concept of working towards something they want to change or achieve.

Mentees review all the information gathered from the Snapshot of Me activity and work with the SDP team to determine if there is something within that information they would like to change or improve – For example:

  • One Snapshot of Me goal identified by student: “I want to find more ways to chill and relax.”


  • Homework assignment with 7 Snapshot of Me fill-in-the-blank self-portrait frames
  • Sample Snapshot of Me for students to use as a guide
  • Snapshot of Me self-portrait frames to document answers (categories: my goals; things I’m good at; my feelings; things I like; people who are important to me; favorite things I own; things that are hard for me)

Mentor Preparation


  • Review the Snapshot of Me activity and the 7 categories
  • Complete Snapshot of Me fill-in-the-blank self-portrait frames
  • Prepare at least one self-portrait answer to share with the group


Prior to the Snapshot of Me activity, students work with a family member or friend to review, discuss and document answers for the 7 different areas.


An example of a Snapshot of Me category.

When the group meets again, mentees share their information with their mentors and choose which responses are most important from each category to then write into their Snapshot of Me self-portrait frames.

“You did a homework assignment with your parents to prepare for the Snapshot of Me activity. You discovered that there are many different things that make up who you are as a person. Today you will share those things and, with your mentor, you’ll write down what’s most important to you.”


Mentors provide examples from one of the categories.


Mentors provide examples from another category.


Summary of mentor examples within a category.


The mentees complete all of the categories.


Another example of the mentee’s completed categories.


  • Homework assignment with 7 fill-in-the-blank self-portrait frames – PDF format to dictate responses to a partner
  • Homework assignment with 7 fill-in-the-blank self-portrait frames – PowerPoint electronic format for students who can input information independently using keyboard, alternate input (e.g., AccessIt)