This past Friday, Steve and I had the pleasure of attending the Colorado Youth Mentoring Symposium. It was wonderful to be in a space with so many other women and men working to provide caring relationships for young women and men. This was our first time attending the conference and we were looking forward to learning more about mentoring and to begin building connections with organizations and individuals.
We explored the importance and challenges of begin inclusive and were reminded of the power of privilege and that we can always do more to increase our cultural competency. We learned how being authentic as an organization and as individuals contributes to the sustainability of an organization. As well as, dreams for a grandeur future should be encouraged through necessary small steps.
Our favorite session was hearing from a panel of mentees who bravely and honestly answered questions from a room full of adults. Even evacuation from a smoky room did not deter the speakers or the audience from an engaging discussion. Hearing their experiences was an excellent reminder of how important listening and being there are for successful caring relationships.
A great day was topped off with Steve being the lucky winner of a basketball signed by Denver Nugget's player #35. Thanks Kenneth Faried for supporting youth mentoring in Colorado! For you basketball fans out there, we anticipate sharing our good fortune by using this in our upcoming fundraising activities.
What strategies do you use to build caring connections?