This past Saturday was spent with Kiwanis International’s Circle K GATC conference here in Indianapolis. GATC brings together the brand new Governors (college students that run their district’s Circle K programming) and their Administrators (volunteers who support the Governors in the process). We love working with this group because not only do we get to see dynamic and enthusiastic Millennials who are making a big difference, but we also get to focus on engaging generations together.
Saturday was all about creating positive relationships and mentorships. This was the first time that these new Governors had met their administrators, and we felt it was the perfect time to talk about how to build a dynamic relationship based on good communication, trust, and mutual respect. During this process, we asked the Governors and the Administrators to draw their perfect relationship.
Here are some of the responses:
- Fawkes the Phoenix and Harry Potter (drawn by a Millennial Circle K Board Member): The Administrators are like Fawkes. They are always there and provide support and help to the Governors (Harry Potter) when they ask for it.
- Batman and Alfred (drawn by an Administrator): Sees Governor as Batman, out in the world fighting crime and making a difference. Sees herself as Alfred back in the Bat Cave, ready to supply Batman with what he needs and provide sound advice.
- Simba and Mufasa (drawn by a Governor): Sees herself as Simba because she’s brand new. Her Administrator is Mufasa, ready to work with her and teach her the ropes of the savanna, or in the case Circle K.
We loved all these responses because they embody positive and supportive relationships. Young adults are capable and ready to assume leadership roles, but having a strong mentoring relationship can boost their ability and their effectiveness. Most young adults (and young professionals) are seeking some type of mentoring relationship, whether it is directly related to their work or whether it is more casual and relates more toward building general skills like leadership and communication.
In the case of Circle K, the mentoring relationship is the formal top-down variety (an older person mentoring a younger person in an established setting). It’s important to remember that other types of mentoring relationships exist (for example peer-to-peer, bottom-up, formal, informal etc) and can be just as beneficial.
What would your perfect mentoring relationship look like?