Stand in the Success Shadow

Friends & Mentors
Friends & Mentors
Feeling & Expressing
Feeling & Expressing

This activity is used to review and celebrate personal and group sense of accomplishment.


  • No materials are required for this activity.


Each participant considers their role in contributing towards the group’s progress.


  1. Participants are asked, one by one, to physically “stand in the shadow” (the place in the room) where they felt most successful in moving the group towards its goals. For example, someone who worked well in a small group may sit in the corner where the small group met. Someone who facilitated a large-group discussion may stand by the flip chart.
  2. Invite each participant to share a sentence or two about their contribution.


  • You could also try having your participants stand in the spot where’d they’d like to improve a skill. Maybe they could reflect on what they could do differently next time or maybe there’s something they’ve never tried before. 


  • There are no foreseeable safety concerns.


This activity serves as a reflection or debrief activity and so wrap-up questions or a discussion is not necessary.

Submitted by Osgoode Youth Association. Originally sourced from the University of Minnesota. “Quality Matters Toolkit.”