It’s the Simple Things that Make the Difference

Posted by Joel Katz on February 14, 2012

Building camaraderie and sharing laughs is as simple as laying out a board and rolling the dice. This past week in Grizzlies TEAM Mentoring, the mentors and mentees had the opportunity to enjoy each other’s company by playing their favorite board games with one another. Who would have thought that something this simple would produce such a good time?

Many of the students in the mentoring program had never played Taboo, Trouble, Jenga, or Monopoly before. That didn’t stop them from learning the rules quickly and challenging their mentors and teammates. While observing 90 students and 30 mentors across three days of board game fun, the question that kept coming up was, who’s having more fun here, the mentors or the mentees?

Judging by the laughs and energy in the room, it’s safe to say that everyone had a great time. You don’t need to go over the top to create fulfilling experiences for your mentee. Grabbing a dusty old board game from your home is all it takes. The consensus among the mentors was how great it was to just sit around the board and enjoy each other’s company.

The next time you’re figuring out something fun to do with your mentee, don’t think too hard. Just grab an old board game and let the good times roll!

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