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~~

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