What's Your Calling?

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Inspired by the PBS documentary series The Calling and the accompanying video archive on the What’s Your Calling? website, this collection is designed for young adults on the verge of making important life decisions, defining who they are, and determining how to achieve their hopes and dreams. Short film modules and highly customizable lesson plans allow educators or youth group leaders to spark meaningful dialogue with teens and young adults, and encourage them to develop a richer understanding of themselves and their possible futures.

  • The Calling | Film Discussion Guide

    This discussion guide is designed as a tool to facilitate dialogue, and deepen understanding of the complex issues in The Calling, a film that follows seven young Muslims, Catholics, Evangelical Christians, and Jews on a dramatic journey, training to become the next generation of religious leaders. The guide provides important context, and raises thought provoking questions to encourage viewers to think more deeply. We also provide resources and suggestions for areas to take action and to explore in panel discussions, in the classroom, in communities, and online.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • What's Your Calling? | Educator Guide

    This educator guide is designed for young adults on the verge of making important life decisions, defining who they are, and determining how to achieve their hopes and dreams. Short film modules and highly customizable lesson plans allow educators or youth group leaders to spark meaningful dialogue with teens and young adults, and encourage them to develop a richer understanding of themselves and their possible futures.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Steven Gamez's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

    This film tells the story of Steven Gamez who is studying to become a Catholic Priest. Steven is a Tejano (Texan-Mexican), born and raised on San Antonio’s rough West Side. He dreams of returning to his neighborhood and serving the poor.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Bilai Ansari's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

    Bilal Ansari is an African American father of three and a student in the Islamic Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary. He works tirelessly in the Connecticut prison system, where inmates often convert to Islam, but where he is also the victim of a hate crime perpetrated by some of his co-workers.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Rob Pene's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

    Rob Pene was born in American Samoa and came to the United States on a baseball scholarship. Unsuccessful in his major-league tryouts, he pursues his passion through an urban ministry. He also writes and performs Christian rap. The sudden death of his father challenges Pene’s commitment to his chosen path.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Jeneen Robinson's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

    Jeneen Robinson is an African American single mother, as well as a newly ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. She balances the responsibilities of parenting, schoolwork, and creating an original preaching style.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Tahera Ahmed's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

    Tahera Ahmad is an outspoken young woman from a traditional Pakistani-American family. She is a coach and mentor for Muslims in high school while studying to be an Islamic chaplain. A trip to Egypt takes her out into the world for the first time, where she reflects on being a leader.

    Grades: 7-13+
  • Shmuly Yanklowitz's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

    Shmuly Yanklowitz is an intellectual rabbinical student at New York City's Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and a passionate activist. A Modern Orthodox Jew, he feels compelled to break boundaries, to resist becoming an old-style rabbi stuck within the walls of the synagogue.

    Grades: 7-13+

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