We believe that relationships have several core values - unconditional positive regard, empathy and genuineness. These values are important in all relationships - whether between Mentors and Mentees, Parent and Child, Staff and Match Participants. They are the foundation to creating developmental relationships and having an impact on the development of young people.
Unconditional Postive Regard
Regardless of what you say or do, you are valuable, worthwhile and important. You're stupid vs. you did a stupid thing.
Unconditional positive regard refers to accepting and supporting another exactly as they are, without evaluating or judging them. At the heart of the concept is the belief that every person has the personal resources within to help themselves, if they are only offered the environment of acceptance to foster their own recognition of this.