Lucretia Berry • January 18, 2024
Imagine your favorite childhood board games sprinkled with eye-opening lessons about bias and inequity.
In June of 2018, I flew from Charlotte, NC to NYC to spend a whole day training to become a Senior Consultant Facilitator for The American Dream Game. You are probably wondering why anyone would need official training to facilitate a game. Well, The American Dream Game by Point Made Learning invites players to step into someone else’s shoes, providing a unique perspective on how bias, stereotypes, discrimination, and systemic inequity can obstruct the path toward achieving the “American Dream.” By immersing participants in real-life scenarios, the game facilitates a deep understanding of the challenges faced by individuals based on race, class, gender, religion, disability, citizenship, social-economic-status, and sexuality.
I was trained on a life-sized board, wearing a character vest, with the intention of facilitating adults in an immersive and unique session perfect for events, conferences, retreats, and leadership development. But after my own children enthusiastically expressed their appreciation for the tabletop edition of The American Dream Game, I added it to my Anti-Racism 101 elective for high school students and The Hues of You Summer Camp for rising first graders through middle schoolers. For kids, this game is a game-changer! 😜
In the ever-evolving landscape of education, it is crucial to equip students with the tools they need to navigate the complexities of the world around them. A beacon of experiential learning, The American Dream Game delves into the realms of role play, curiosity, and experiential learning.
The game doesn’t just stop at highlighting the issues; it actively promotes positive outcomes. Players emerge with increased awareness about the multifaceted dimensions of identity, fostering a stronger sense of empathy towards those experiencing bias. Players express real emotions as they walk in the shoes of the role they’ve been assigned. Moreover, players gain a comprehensive understanding of the systems and policies that perpetuate inequity, which paves the way for informed dialogue and critical thinking.
What sets The American Dream Game apart is its commitment to tangible action. Players leave with a concrete plan for specific actions that they, as individuals and as part of an organization or community, can take to foster inclusivity. The game serves as a catalyst for meaningful and informed conversations, encouraging participants to explore how inclusion looks within their classrooms and communities.
At the heart of the game is the belief that valuing a diverse community starts with honoring differences. The interactive and customized game workshop deepens conversations around inclusion, prompting us to reflect on our roles in creating a more welcoming environment. By combining elements of childhood board games with crucial lessons on bias and inequity, the game becomes a powerful catalyst for change.
In a world where understanding and empathy are paramount, The American Dream Game stands as a testament to the potential of interactive education in shaping compassionate and informed individuals.
Integrate the game into your home or educational program
As a Senior Consultant Facilitator for The American Dream Game as well as an educator for justice and belonging, I would love to bring the table top edition to you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a play date. 😉
For all editions of The American Dream Game including digital, life-size, and tabletop school, reach out to Point Made Learning by emailing them at email@example.com or call 212-724-6534 for more information.
About Point Made Learning
Point Made Learning, the consulting and programming extension of Point Made Films, is dedicated to telling stories about the various layers of American identity. With a focus on racism, Point Made Learning takes an innovative approach, using documentary film, real talk, and digital tools to raise awareness and organize communities. Their unique combination of storytelling and education teaches powerful lessons about critical issues, starting with racism.