Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland made history last week when she was named the first black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater. Her accomplishment was the result of years of training and hard work and a drive to overcome the barriers facing African American dancers in a predominantly white field. Read more about Copeland in this article and discuss how young adults can work on achieving their own personal goals and help others who face discrimination in achieving theirs.

  • What did you think of Copeland’s story? Can you identify with any of the challenges she faced along the way?
  • What goals are important for you to achieve in your life in the next six-12 months?
  • How are you going to go about achieving them?
  • What does your support network offer you as you are working toward these goals? How might you offer similar support to others who face challenges?