The last two weekends I had the privilege to present PLAY to the mentors of the Giving Back Foundation.
This foundation connects talented students with a diverse background and business mentors. Together they explore for a year what the future can hold in the field of education. What professions are there, and what kind of study do you need?
But what I’ve learned over the years as a chairman of this foundation, is that these students don’t PLAY. Home and school is their life. No sportclubs or music lessons. No trips to the beach or the theatre. No museum visits or going out for dinner. No school of life. While these are fundamental activities for your overall development. It not only helps you to get that job over 5 years, because grades only just don’t count anymore. It also helps them to become more resilient.
Therefore, my advice for these mentors was, go out and PLAY. It’s not only important for the students, but also for yourself as a mentor. It helps you to find common ground and deepens your relationship. Exploring and doing fun stuff should be part of everyone’s life. All Giving Back mentors have now the freedom to PLAY. I hope they are going to do so and grow together with the students in new areas in their life.
Wishing them all a lot of PLAY.
Do you want to know more about the Giving Back Foundation? Please check givingback.nl
Do you like to learn more about diversity and cultures within teams and companies, please contact PLAY.