Responsible Angling Education

Fishing for Families in Need (F4FN) was founded to positively impact children and the environment at the same time. We do this by offering 4-8 week fishing clinics to socio-economically disadvantaged youth during the school year and summer in certain locations. In these classes, experienced youth volunteers teach the children the basics of the sport. The material covered ranges widely from such practical skills as knot tying to more didactic topics, like conservation laws and practices. We use the sport of fishing as a mechanism to engage and interest children to want to learn more about aquatic ecosystems. At the end of the sessions, we host a graduation party usually coinciding with a big field trip such as to a local pier, lake, nature center, or deep sea fishing trip. This unique experience, usually a first for many of the kids, is followed by a catered meal at which certificates and new fishing equipment are gifted to each graduate. Our intent is to enhance these children’s lives by imparting on them skills and virtues that will help them surmount obstacles and will empower them in their daily lives.

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