I am a new "LIFE" member, I live in Washington State near Olympia, Wa. And I want to share something I LOVE doing, and that's turning kid's ( 10-18 ) from drugs and drinking, and bringing there focus in on fishing!!! It's tough at first, but you only need one kid, show them there is something to do other than drugs, and when they catch there first fish, THEY ARE ADDICTED. How awesome is that? I (and friends) have helped 6 kids STOP the use of drugs and got them hooked on fishing. I loan a pole at first, as they transition away from the bad, I replace it with the good, i.e. a new pole/reel combo, tackle box, boots, then at last, perhaps a good fishing vest. Whatever it takes, I'll do. These "Kids" come from bad homes, hurt, lost, they simple want someone to love them without strings!!!! I'm a father of 2 boy's (14 & 19) the oldest is now a firefighter, following in my foot steps I also started firefighting in 86, stopped due to illness in 2008. I know what it takes, and we use the family along with their family doctor, we simply provide a great day away from everything tough, and lend them an ear when they need to talk.... As we continue to fish and catch. We provide all the equipment and time, sometimes it's very hard making ends meet, however, I will NEVER stop!!! Too much at stake. Start up a program in your area, you WILL NOT BE LET DOWN, and you'll feel awesome!!!!!!!
Let me know what you all think about this, all input is welcomed !!!