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.