Watch the video below with youth, then use the questions below to have a mentoring conversation with them.

  1. What label was stamped on Doug Williams when he became a quarterback in the NFL back in the 1980’s?
  2. In Doug Williams time, what did people think about Black quarterbacks?
  3. What barrier did Doug Williams knocked down?  What barriers will you knock down with your life?
  4. What are the labels that have been placed on you?
  5. What are your positive labels?
  6. What are your negative labels?  Are these negative labels true?
  7. What is a stigma? (a mark of disgrace, a negative label)
  8. What negative labels do you have to overcome? (dumb jock, Compton gangster, hood rat, ignorant, thug, lazy, just an athlete, or _____________)
  9. How are you overcoming these negative labels?
  10. What do you need to do to prove that these negative labels are not who you really are?