Chasing Mavericks: Inspirational Mentors

In Chasing Mavericks, Frosty (Gerrard Butler) is an inspirational mentor and father figure to Jay. There are a lot of organizations, such as Big Brothers and Sisters, which foster these kinds of relationships. In this feature we will highlight a few of them and the good they do in young peoples’ lives and be sure to catch Chasing Mavericks on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet now!

Mentoring USA
Mentoring USA is an effective, early-intervention mentoring program to prevent children dropping out of school. By providing mentors at schools, community centers, and foster care agencies, Mentoring USA helps children, ages 5-18, improve their self-esteem, broaden their vision of opportunities and succeed in school. Since its inception, Mentoring USA has provided mentors for more than 5,000 children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters 
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, BBBS makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), aged six to 18, in communities across the country. BBBS is now running in all 50 states and across 12 counties worldwide. Researchers found that after 18 months of spending time with their Bigs, the Little Brothers and Little Sisters, compared to those children not in our program, were:
46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
52% less likely to skip school
33% less likely to hit someone

VIP Mentoring
VIP Mentoring serves children in the Detroit area and in 12 counties across the state of Michigan. These children may be burdened with the weight of poverty, the pain of abuse, the stigma of an incarcerated parent, or other debilitating family circumstances. These are the children embraced by VIP. A local Principal said the following about VIP:

“Through their mentoring of children at our school, we ended the school year with a group of children who were better able to work together in achieving learning goals. Overall, students’ classroom behavior improved and their confidence increased. Attendance has increased for this classroom as a result of not wanting to miss their mentoring sessions.”

Communities in Schools
Communities in Schools (CIS) is a dropout prevention program that connects community resources with student needs. Specific services this group offers include mentoring, counselling, vision screening, day care, job training, and gang prevention. CIS operates at 2,500 schools in 32 states, reaching 1.9 million kids annually. Their magnificent mentors are the backbone of the organization. They mentor children 6-8 hours a month to nurture, uplift, and enrich the lives of the youth.

Note From Silkki's Reviews:
It is always good for all children to have someone who mentors them, they need someone to look up to, especially in difficult times.  All too often people don't have anyone, they feel lost and alone and they need someone.  We lose a lot of young people due to the fact they just don't know how to handle it.  Some people are very strong and others need that shoulder to lean on, the support of a mentor, a friend.  We all have to face our fears, our inner demons but it's a lot easier when you have support and someone to mentor you, something to aspire to be.  Remember you don't know what others are going through, always be positive when interacting with people and share love not hatred.  We are all on this planet together!!

~~I received this information from the company who brought me Chasing Mavericks, while I do not share information that I do not believe in and trust I have shared this with you because I believe it's important for people to know these services are available~~

Chasing Mavericks: Four Pillars of Strength For Everyday


In Chasing Mavericks, Frosty gives Jay some lessons outside of the basic surfing protocol, including his ‘Four Pillars of Strength.’ In this feature we’ll outline each pillar and give you tips for how you can use these in your day-to-day life, including memory tricks, healthy eating, facing your fears and thinking big.  Be sure to catch Chasing Mavericks on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultraviolet now!

In Chasing Mavericks, Jay must demonstrate his physical strength by paddling 28.5 miles from Santa Cruz to Monterey Bay. This is a tough challenge, as it requires incredible strength to complete. This pillar is about taking care of your health and well-being. 

Walking three times a week for 30-minutes can improve your health. 
Balance your diet, try having vegetables as half of each meal and see the difference
Sleep well, 7-9 hours of sleep is a must if you are serious about your physical strength

To prepare for Mavericks, Jay had to study the ocean current, tides and wave patterns, and how these different elements work together. Understanding when to paddle out, when to drop in on a wave, how to use an ocean current to save energy can be the difference between life and death when dealing with 40 to 60 foot waves. Mental strength is key and memory tricks are a great mental workout:

Next time you're on a bus or in the car, limber up your memory by thinking of as many words as possible that begin with the letter A, then work your way through the alphabet.
Try to remember 15 details of your life at a particular time, such as Obama’s inauguration 
Try remembering a list of objects or people from one category in the space of one minute, for example: American presidents, capital cities, famous scientists or types of fruit.

Jay learns that he must face his fears head on when he gets in a situation that causes anxiety such as seeing a Shark. When fear becomes too overwhelming it can drown a person. Jay is able to address his fear and let go of the pain of his father leaving his mother and this frees him.

Address your emotions, know when your stressed and take steps rather than burying it 
Don’t fear change, the unknown can make us anxious but embrace change as it comes
Know your weaknesses and when to ask for help, this will stop you getting overwhelmed

While this pillar is not addressed extensively in the movie, Jay does mention that his life purpose is to surf Mavericks. His passion and drive to push his limits helps him achieve an iconic status in the surfing world. Having spiritual strength is not limited to people with religious affiliations. 

See the big picture, do not limit life to only your viewpoint
Seek a higher purpose, this stops complacency and encourages us to achieve
Have faith, trusting in something or someone other than yourself will help your spiritual strength

~~I received this information from the company who brought me Chasing Mavericks, while I do not share information that I do not believe in and trust!  I have shared this with you because I think we can all use these to build ourselves into the best people we can be~~