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Information Type Asia/Pacific | Korea
Date Updated 2015-07-24
Subject Hyundai Motor Company Staff Become the Guide for University Student Mentors
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You may have heard that the trefoil stands for “happiness”. On July 11, Paju Learning Center was filled with the laughter and smiles of HMC staff and students, blooming like a trefoil. They were attending the “2015 Looking for Three-Leafed Clover” event, a mentoring camp for university students. The day was particularly special because the HMC staff members paid a visit to meet with the university mentors. Let’s see some of the scenes captured from this precious meeting.


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Since 2005, HMC has been operating a program that supports children who have lost their parents in unfortunate accidents. HMC had previously helped such teenagers by donating products and money and assisting them in realizing their dreams and wishes. However, the company started to consider how these young people could be assisted in more fundamental ways. The company, then, came up with the project, in an effort to help bereaved children in a more substantial and generous manner. This is a program where the company connects university student mentors with bereaved children to help them search for and realize their future dreams. HMC, in the end, established a powerful and effective strategy for those children who need “happiness” rather than “luck”.


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HMC’s MENSA Meets University Mentors


A total of 80 university mentors partook in this “Looking for Three-Leafed Clover” session. The size of this year’s event was two times greater than the one held in 2014. The project is developing and growing to become more effective in helping and assisting bereaved children. The university mentors, who will accompany and assist bereaved children as they search for their dreams , were able to partake in this significant after undergoing a rigorous preparation process. As they might feel somewhat daunted in taking on their roles as “mentors”, HMC prepared a 2 day and 3 night long mentor training camp to help these university student mentors to competently and confidently carry out their tasks and responsibilities. At the stadium, the university student mentors gathered to share their stories. The university students chatted cheerfully about their impressions of the first day, which included an ice breaking session, where they interacted with each other to become comfortable and relaxed, as well as a session to help them overcome their fears and learn about motivation. So, what will come next for all the university student mentors who have come a step closer to genuine mentoring?


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The guests that these students were waiting for were HMC’s MENSA. MENSA refers to people who will act as guides for the university student mentors and help them when they are experiencing difficulties and who will give them the support and inspiration to partake in and complete the “Looking for Three-Leafed Clover” program. The HMC staff members who are interested in helping bereaved children to find their dreams have willingly taken on the role of “MENSA”. They decided to listen closely to the university student mentors’ dreams, hopes and worries and to give them some of advice and cheer them up. The university student mentors were getting ready to meet them after a brief orientation session.


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At last, HMC MENSA arrived at the stadium. As the MENSA entered the stadium, greeting the mentors brightly, the university student mentors gave them a round of warm applause. This was their first meeting, but they have much in common in that they have willingly and generously agreed to partake together in this meaningful program. That’s why they seemed to be so delighted to meet each other. Exchanging smiles, it seemed that they were already familiar with each other.


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HMC Staff “MENSA” Approaches to Mentors


As soon as the staff MENSA and university student mentors of the same group greeted each other, the MC came to the stage. They engaged in a fun activity to break the ice between the new group members. The first mission was to create creative and original nicknames for each MENSA. In order to do this, one should find out about the personal traits of a person. Each MENSA member approached the university student mentors in a friendly manner and engaged them by giving a short but impressive introduction about themselves. The stadium was filled with laughter when each group announced the different nicknames. Creative nicknames they came up with included “EXO Baekhyun”, “Moses”, “Squirrel” and “Bright”.


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Afterwards, each group member took on different roles as they participated in group activities. For example, the MENSA members and university student mentors participated in a fun “paper, scissors and rock” game. The winners of this game received candy as gifts. As soon as the game started, all the members hit it off very well together and the distinctive personalities of the participants were revealed; Kim Ji-young’s (chief) MENSA team was considerate, Baek Hyun-tak’s (Manager) MENSA team was boisterous and Kim Jae-hyuk’s (Deputy General Manager) team was cheerful even though they lost in the game. The MENSA members and mentors, who were all as enthusiastic as children while playing the game, had great fun together.


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After this session, a bingo game followed. The topic of the bingo game was what would be well paying jobs in the future. The student mentors need to help the bereaved children mentees to find careers and realize their dreams. Hence the theme of the bingo game. By engaging in this “lucrative job bingo game”, the MENSA staff and university student mentors had time together to get to know in advance important and pertinent information necessary for helping children to identify good career choices. They filled in the blanks with diverse jobs like App developer, retirement consultant and IT consultant. It was a proud moment to see all the university student mentors diligently taking notes when unfamiliar jobs came up.


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Warm cheers from HMC MENSA staff


MENSA and mentors developed a good rapport after the ice breaking session. Afterwards, they broke up into loose groups to talk to each other in more depth. Kang Kyung-in’s (Manager) group went outside to enjoy the warm sunshine. The university student mentors were deeply impressed and inspired when the MENSA members recounted stories about how they had overcome difficulties when they were young. Park Joong-jang’s (Deputy General Manager) group members engaged in intimate conversations with each other. The MENSA staff member started off by telling the mentors about his job and the mentors showed great interest. The conversations became more personal as the participants got to know each other better. Based on the MENSA staff members’ sincere advice and personal stories, the mentors started to learn about the right attitude for mentoring.


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MENSA Kim Jae-hyuk (Deputy General Manager)
& Mentors Hwang Young-hun, Seo Young-jin and Lee Eui-gun


Q. How do you feel about partaking in this “meeting with MENSA” event?
A. MENSA Kim Jae-hyuk (Deputy General Manager) : I believe that this event is very meaningful. I have been looking forward to this event for a long time, but I also was a little nervous. But after meeting with all these university student mentors, I feel really happy. Also, this event made me think carefully about the meaning behind this charity service that I am engaged in. There were two seniors in my group. They impressed me greatly because they are devoting their time and energy to participate in this project even though they are very busy. This inspired me to my best.


Q. How has the meeting with MENSA members affected you?
A. University student mentor Hwang Young-hun : I was a bereaved child mentee in the “Looking for Three-Leafed Clover” program one year ago. Now, I am here as a university mentor. I believe that I can help as a university student mentor based on my own experiences. However, there were some difficult aspects about being a mentor. In today’s meeting, I shared with the MENSA member my concerns and difficulties and got some sound advice. It was a meaningful time for me because I had the opportunity to ask my MENSA member about extracurricular activities, human networking and career development.


Q. The “Looking for Three-Leafed Clover” program is underway. Do you have any advice to give?
A. MENSA member Kim Jae-hyuk (Deputy General Manager) : I have been engaged in charity service activities since I was in my 20s and 30s, and I am still partaking in such activities in the present. The biggest lesson that I have learned is that a “ charity activity is all about exchanging hearts.” A charity project is characterized by an interactive approach and mutuality where people help each other. When the volunteers genuinely approach the task at hand, they will get to learn what true happiness is about. I hope the mentors keep this in mind when they are engaged in their activities.


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The MENSA members and university student mentors opened their hearts to each other. Their conversations continued even after lunch was served. They kept on talking to each other, valuing every moment being together. MENSA member Baek Hyun-tak (Deputy General Manager), who wisely advised participants that there are a lot of things to learn when doing charity work, talked about different experiences that the mentors might have in their 20s, such as going on trips and going on blind dates, and this caused the university mentors to laugh a lot. It was not only the university student mentors who were encouraged by this meeting. The HMC MENSA staff members renewed their commitment to the charity work they have been undertaking, and received fresh inspiration. When the program wrapped up, the university student mentors and MENSA staffs gave a loud cheer for one another.


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The university student mentors gathered again for the “Looking for Three- Leafed Clover: Talk with Seniors”. This was a session where they got to meet former university student mentors who were engaged in the program in 2014 to hear stories and ask questions. The first speaker was Choi Eun-ji who was in the 2nd University Student Mentor team. She gave some detailed advice about specific issues, from mentoring activity details to ways to get close to the mentees’ parents. Afterwards, Lee Jung-han from the 2nd University Student Mentor team and Hwang Yeon-hun, who was a mentee in the previous year, shared their experiences with the 3rd University Student Mentor team. The session was characterized by enthusiastic interest as the different university mentors appeared on the stage. Various specific questions on how to deal with any friction that might develop with the mentee and the scope of sponsoring activities were asked. The sincere and responsible attitude of the 3rd University Student Mentor team was evident for all to see as the members thoroughly reviewed the program.


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Meeting with MENSA members was inspiring


In addition, the 3rd University Student Mentors participated in “Understanding Teenagers’ Paths” to understand the mentees and engaged in the “Mentoring Workshop” to learn about the basic skills needed for mentoring. No doubt the mentors had some concerns when they first applied to the “Looking for Three-Leafed Clover” program. However after undergoing different training sessions, they became confident and warmed to the task at hand. In particular, “Meeting with HMC MENSA Staff”, gave them the encouragement and confidence to inspire bereaved children to follow their dreams. This orientation and learning program gave the mentors much encouragement helped them become more confident. What made this possible was the sharing of stories and the warm and positive atmosphere.


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Hyundai Motor Company will always help those teenagers and young people who have lost their parents in accidents find their dreams and become happy. Trefoil is said to be spotted most frequently in July. We hope that these trefoils will bloom this year and help people come together to make a happier world.

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