The day was filled with new and existing mentors meeting mentees in a friendly and fun environment filled with food, performances, and soccer.
By breaking the ice with fun activities, mentors and mentees can get to know each other on a more personal level, which is very important for buidling relationship and trust between mentors and mentees. It’s very important that mentees and mentors’ personalities don’t clash. If there is a natural tension between two people, it cannot be forced into submission. A mentor is like a big brother, sister or best friend whom a mentee should feel comfortable to share anything with.
With this picnic, we aimed to create a judge-free zone and bring people closer together.
Meet-ups with meaning
A meet-up like this is effective for mentors to learn more about the programme and share tips with each other. It doesn’t take a qualified child psychologist to be a mentor, only a person with the passion to help change someone else’s future through small acts of guidance and advice. Understanding what mentorship is about, encourages mentors to attend meet-ups when invited.
The day ended with delicious hot dogs and a couple of matches of soccer on the field.