After school is a relational business. The importance of building strong relationships is the bedrock of the work we do. The Three R’s of After school, relationships, relevance, and rigor, begins with relationships. We believe in working in partners, small groups, and teams. We believe in finding common ground and searching for win-win solutions. We believe in being intentional in this effort and have found in our experience that relationships are built through time, care and belief. The song, Cat’s in the Cradle, speaks to the importance of spending time with not for the people that we want to be in relationship with. Caring for people can be captured in the notion of “plowing the road” and clearing the obstacles that impede people as they work to move forward. And finally, belief speaks to holding others in unconditional positive regard and believing that the best day for each person is still to come.
We encourage you to click on the link that follows and view the Online Instruction video: BuildingRelationships Through Time, Care and Belief. It is incredibly important that we provide our youth workers not only with strategies for building those relationships but a keen understanding of why these relationships are so important.