We caught up with the MHYC Angler Education Corpsmembers as they taught kids from Indian Ridge Elementary School the basics of fishing at Lake Lehow in Waterton Canyon.
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Posted in Green News, MHYC News, Project Roundup, Service Story, Summer of Service, tagged Angler Education, Colorado, Conservation, Denver, Mile High Youth Corps, Travis Kubiak, Travis Kubiak Angler Education Program, Youth Corps, youth jobs on June 18, 2010 | Leave a Comment »
Straight from the Corpsmembers, each of us want to share why we’re excited about spending our summer with Mile High Youth Corps on the Angler Education Crew.
Dwayne: Excited for Pagosa Springs and Arizona and teaching the children on the Reservation how to fish.
Jose: Excited to meet new people and being a leader.
D.J.: Working on the crew and spending time with the crew.
Mitch: Excited for the whole experience, sharing ideas and having fun.
Dondre: Excited to teach kids, becoming a leader and learning how to teach clinics.
Chiquita: Ready to put smiles on the faces of the children we help and increase my leadership skills
Today is our first day as a crew together on the Angler Ed Crew. We are all excited to get started and make our mark in the lives of the children we will be working on. The many experiences and opportunities that we are all looking forward to include our camping/fishing trip to Pagosa Springs, CO and Arizona, meeting new people, improving leadership skills, bonding and most importantly having fun and putting smiles on the faces of the children we will work with.
For many of us, memories of summer include lazy days on the river or by a lake sitting with friends and a fishing pole trying to catch “the big one”. Unfortunately, these days, a lot of kids never get the chance to get out of the city, let alone spend time at a fishing hole. Mile High Youth Corps is working to change that. Through the Travis Kubiak Angler Education program, over 2,000 youth will get the chance to experience the joy of fishing and being outdoors this summer.
A crew of six MHYC youth is working with Colorado Division of Wildlife staff to teach angler education clinics to thousands of school-aged children this summer. Their clinics cover everything from fish trivia, to environmental education, to how to actually catch a fish. All of the youth get their own fishing pole to take home. Most importantly, the Corpsmembers share their love of the outdoors with the younger participants and teach them the critical cheer of “FISH ON!” when they make a catch. For a generation that spends hours in front of the TV and playing video games, the program provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature and participate in an activity that has been a part of summer vacations for generations.
The program wouldn’t be possible without the support of the Kubiak family. Travis Kubiak was an avid outdoorsman who had a lifelong love of fishing. He was killed at the age of 27 in a hit and run car accident. His family created the D. Travis Kubiak Memorial Fund at the Denver Foundation to honor Travis and his love of the outdoors by supporting programs that bring comfort and joy to children and youth through outdoor activities. We are proud to partner with the Kubiak family and the Colorado Division of Wildlife to offer youth the opportunity to experience this national pastime and look forward to many successful fishing clinics this summer and beyond.