Crossroads Chronicles

Stories That Drive Change

Developing skills for courageous conversations

Crossroads app screen capture of the characters Allie and Jack discussing a potential conflict at school. Allie is wearing beaded earrings and has brown skin and black hair. Jack is wearing a button-up shirt and bowtie and has white skin and blonde hair.

Elevate understanding of intersectional equity practices through an interactive story experience that fosters dialogue, reflection, and
personal and social transformation.

Crafted by youth committed to a more caring and accountable future!

Step into the complex lives of...

Jin, Imani, Jack, and Allie—four teenagers navigating the intricacies of school dynamics at Cross Roads High. Graduation is fast-approaching, and tensions surge as different ‘ism’s and inherited biases surface and test the students’ bonds with teachers, parents, and each other.  

 

Digital artwork from the Crossroads game featuring four characters standing side-by-side. From left to right: a young woman with dark brown skin and curly black hair in a yellow top; a young man with light brown skin and short dark hair wearing a navy hoodie; a character with light skin and curly yellow-tinted hair wearing glasses and a blue shirt with a pink bow tie; and a young woman with brown skin and red hair styled in a ponytail, adorned with beaded earrings, wearing a blue jacket with a smiley face pin. They are smiling and positioned in front of a backdrop with houses and cityscape in the distance.

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Not your average game

Playing Crossroads you can expect to…

 

Screenshot from the Crossroads game showing an in-game decision-making interface titled 'RESPONSE OPTIONS'. The player is presented with three choices: 'Change the subject.', 'Defend your position.', and 'Express and listen.' The scene in the background is of a stylized purple-toned room, with a laptop on a desk, a chair, and a rug.

Choose

Pick from various response options, and influence how characters will react in challenging situations.

Notice when relationships become strained and egos clash, or fractures get mended and deeper connections are forged.

Reflect

Delve into the debrief zone after each scene.



Ponder the impacts of different choices, and how the character’s experiences, opinions and revelations might resonate with your own.

Interactive screen from the Crossroads game with a sky background and clouds, posing the reflective question 'What do you see as the key aspects of a meaningful apology?'. Key aspects like 'Remorse about hurt caused', 'Curiosity', 'Sincerity', 'Understanding', 'Humility', 'Commitment to learning and changing', 'Respecting right to choose if or when to forgive', and 'Openness' are scattered across the screen like thoughts floating on clouds. Navigation buttons 'BACK' and 'NEXT' are at the bottom to proceed with the game.
Screenshot from the Crossroads game showing an educational pop-up with the definition of 'Tone Policing'. The definition reads: 'Shutting down discussion by shifting the focus onto how something is being said (i.e., the emotional tone or expression), rather than addressing the content of what’s being said.' The pop-up features a character ‘Tip’ with a question mark above his head in a bubble, expressing curiosity on the right and interface buttons 'BACK' and 'MORE'. In the background, the top of two characters' heads are visible, suggesting a conversation context within the game.

Learn

Enhance understanding of concepts that pop up as the stories unfold.

Learn more about the justice and liberation-related terms through the in-game glossary.

Develop tools to notice, name, and respond to different forms of discrimination—from Black and Indigenous-specific racism, to homophobia, transphobia and classism.

Grow

Chart the characters progress as they move towards learning and transformation.

Reflect and connect in classrooms and beyond...

Crossroads provides learners (grades 8-12) with interactive, curriculum-aligned opportunities to enhance and extend core competencies in the areas of Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal and Social Responsibility.​

Enhance understanding of:

• everyday prejudices and micro-aggressions

• intersectional equity principles and practices

• active witnessing responsiveness

Build capacity to:

 • acknowledge and address inherited biases and gaps in your own knowledge

• have and hold courageous conversations about racism and other intersecting inequities


Crossroads dovetails with the learning outcomes of the following courses:

Photo of a classroom with students sitting in chairs facing a facilitator and a projector screen. The facilitator is gesturing towards the screen displaying a presentation slide. The students, in casual clothing, appear to be attentively listening. The room has a green chalkboard in the background, a door to the left, and a black curtain partitioning off a section of the room.

Interested in a workshop?

Join others in using Crossroads to plant seeds of change through a peer-facilitated workshop.

Stories of Impact

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Featuring Youth Voices

 

Characters brought to life by youth whose life experience mirrors the characters they play.

Uy Pham
“Jin”

Taea Rattlesnake
“Allie”

Neffy Lubin
“Imani”

Gus Setala-Gay
“Jack”

A Labor of Love

Created by an all-BIPOC + Gender-Diverse crew of young people who’ve ‘been there’.​

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Emma Drumheller
Lead Developer

Minnie Tsai
Lead Developer

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Red Buffalo Nova Weipert
Videographer & Sound Editor

Giselle Vriesen 
Writer

Ivy Edad
Writer

Interested in a workshop?

Join others in using Crossroads to plant seeds of change through a peer-facilitated workshop.

Digital artwork from the Crossroads game featuring four characters standing side-by-side. From left to right: a young woman with dark brown skin and curly black hair in a yellow top; a young man with light brown skin and short dark hair wearing a navy hoodie; a character with light skin and curly yellow-tinted hair wearing glasses and a blue shirt with a pink bow tie; and a young woman with brown skin and red hair styled in a ponytail, adorned with beaded earrings, wearing a blue jacket with a smiley face pin. They are smiling and positioned in front of a backdrop with houses and cityscape in the distance.

Want to try the app?

Dip your toes into the game and marvel at its learning potential.

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