Mentors play an important role in society. In fact, Big Brothers Big Sisters itself was founded on individuals who saw the need for positive influences in the lives of youth and children. So it’s no surprise that this vital role is so popular in our favorite books and films. This is why we are so grateful for your contributed donations in Utah. It allows our Littles to find influences like:
A classic example of a quality mentor is Mr. Miyagi from “The Karate Kid”. Even with his humble English, he teaches Daniel a lot more than karate. As he says before Daniel’s big tournament: “You remember lesson about balance? Lesson not just karate only. Lesson for whole life. Whole life have a balance. Everything be better. Understand?”
The contributed donations in Utah help us create legendary matches, not unlike the plethora of examples in “Star Wars”. When young Luke Skywalker lands on an isolated planet, he’s pretty skeptical about his mysterious mentor. However, Yoda is patient with Luke’s attitude and gives him the challenges that he needs to bring out the galaxy-saving Jedi Knight that Yoda sees from the beginning.
Gandalf is a busy wizard. He’s constantly traipsing across Middle Earth encouraging good causes and helping to keep the peace. However, even with the weight of wars and darkness on his mind, he takes the time to personally mentor the individual. Especially the small, overlooked ones. As he tells a discouraged Frodo: “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
Mary Poppins is a very positive mentor for Michael and Jane Banks. These are two children who have busy parents, much like many young people today. She offers a good balance of discipline and fun that naturally inspires them—and even their parents—to see the world differently and make better decisions.
A more recent example of an impactful mentor is Iron Man from the “Avengers” series. The mentor/apprentice relationship between Tony Stark and Peter Parker is enlightening. Unlike some of the previously mentioned mentors, Tony’s past is far from flawless. However, he is able to use his mistakes as a strength to lift Peter to his own heroic achievements.
While fictional stories can help us draw inspiration and insight, the real heroics happen in real life. We want to thank you for the donations in Utah that have helped to match local youth with their own Yodas and Marys. If you’d like to learn more about our volunteer program, contact us or visit our website.