Teach A Child to Fish
"Teach a Child to Fish" teaches angling skills and good life choices to help at-risk inner-city youth find a positive alternative to peer pressure, drugs, gangs and violence. It introduces youth to sports fishing, swimming, scuba diving and the outdoors. They learn life skills to overcome conditions in their environment that could lower their self-esteem and prevent them from meeting their potential. They learn tools to resist drugs, gang violence and lack of achievement and about career opportunities that expand their possibilities. The attention and mentoring helps to build their self-esteem and teaches them cooperation skills through our peer to peer mentoring. They improve their reading and comprehension through our classroom reading and workbooks. MYC address significant community issues such as: education, health, human services, arts and culture, environment and conservation, youth employment, economic development, at-risk youth, abused and neglected children, and social justice.
Conservation, environmental conservation training. Cleanup and restoration programs coastal and everglades locations. Water quality, soil and fish testing. Invasive species removal.
Connecting Youth With Nature STEM
With a combination of weekly 2-hour classroom and monthly 4-hour plus outdoor activities, we teach STEM including Marine Science, Fishing, Environmental Education, and Critical Life Skills in the Miami Dade School System. Youth learn critical thinking, and outdoor skills using curriculum from the FWC, UF, and UM. Each week there is classroom curriculum that builds a case for critical thinking and planning in their lives. They also role-play anti-drug and nonviolence behavior based on evidenced based programs like “Hooked on Fishing Not on Drugs” and “Strengthening Families” with certified instructors. hey build underwater and solar powered robots, study chemistry, and build soft plastic lures in the classroom. They do water quality testing. Taking the pages out of the textbook and applying them in real life the youth experience hands on science projects. We have a Marine Plant Ecologist talk to them about what it takes to get a PHD.
Once a month there are outdoor fishing, science, and environmental cleanup field-trips. They become interested in Marine Biology and Marine Science because we take them to the Everglades, Biscayne National Park, Rickenbacker Bridge, Virginia Beach, the Frost Museum, and the Science Barge. These are places they can have hands on experiences. They collect water, fish, and plant samples to study in the classroom. They also deploy the robots, drones and other engineering projects they built in the classroom.