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3 Levels of Relationship

By Doug Franklin February 15, 2012

Building relationships must go beyond “what is your name?” If we want students to know we care about them we need to move the conversation deeper. Students will not listen to people they don’t think care about them. Check out these levels of relationship, and then train your adult volunteers to move past level one and to begin developing deeper transformational relationships.

Level One You Know Their;
Name
Parents
Siblings
School

Level Two You Know Their;
Likes/dislikes
Stupid human tricks
Hobbies/sports
Friend group

Level Three You Know Their;
Struggles
Passions
Burdens
Fears
Goals

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More