Image of popcorn bucketWho’s your favorite movie mentor? Perhaps Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid, Yoda in Star Wars, Rocky in Creed, Lily Tomlin in Grandma, or jazz legend Clark Terry in the compelling documentary, Keep On Keeping On? Or any one of hundreds of others?

Just in time for Oscar season, Encore.org’s Gen2Gen campaign is rolling out Movies & Mentors, a contest to crowdsource the top 10 intergenerational mentoring movies of all time and then convert all that enthusiasm into a raft of new mentors in real life. Here are some ways you can get involved:

From now until Feb. 22: Nominate your favorite mentoring movie and enter a chance to win $500 in free movie tickets!

Watch this sizzle reel that includes a great collection of snippets from movies featuring mentoring relationships, and then nominate your favorite mentoring movie for a chance to win $500 in movie tickets!

Sign up to host a watch party to screen a favorite mentoring movie and talk about mentoring in real life! After signing up, Encore.org will provide a simple how-to guide to help you host the party, complete with tips for organizing before, during and after the event, plus materials you can use to create invitations and other handouts.

March 6-27: Vote for the top 10 intergenerational mentoring movies of all time and get a chance to win $500 in free movie tickets.

Alliance CEO Shares Favorite Mentor

Alliance President and CEO Susan Dreyfus joined in the campaign, sharing her favorite movie mentor: “One of my favorite mentoring movie moments is in Apollo 13 when Ed Harris’ character, Flight Director Gene Kranz, led the team at Cape Canaveral to bring the astronauts home. It taught me how to lead in crisis and to never succumb to ‘we can’t’ or pessimism as an answer. When faced with challenge or adversity, our job is to take the resources we have and figure out a way, by going under, around, over and through the challenge! With all the disruption, opportunity and challenges in our field, sector and Association landscape, I am motivated by this scene all the time!”

Encore.org Partnership

Encore.org has worked closely with the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to develop the program design of Second Acts for Strong Communities. Through this intergenerational initiative, a cohort of Alliance members is studying and testing practices and new approaches for engaging and leveraging older adult talent. Encore.org serves as thought partner, consultant, and technical assistance provider.