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Don Says: Don’t Miss These Mayflies

leah kirk

Southern fly fishermen have a soft spot for everything mayfly and for the well-being of children in dire straits due to circumstances beyond their control. The Mayfly Project is a 501(c)(3) organization that uses fly fishing as a catalyst to mentor children in foster care. Its mission is to build relationships through fly fishing and introduce kids to their local water ecosystems with a hope that connecting them to a rewarding hobby will provide an opportunity for foster children to have fun, feel supported, and develop a meaningful connection with the outdoors.

On any given day there are approximately 415,000 children in foster care.  23,000 children age out of the foster care system every year, meaning they leave foster care with no support and are left on their own.  1/5 of foster kids will become homeless after age 18.  42% of foster kids will be convicted of a crime. The need for support for foster kids is astounding.

In order to be a volunteer to mentor a child through fly fishing, you do not need to be a professional fly fishing guide. All of the May Fly mentors are everyday people, working regular jobs, who have a passion for helping children and love fly fishing. If you are interested in mentoring a foster child through fly fishing, please contact Jess Westbrook, 1420 Lenore Benton, AR 72019; info@themayflyproject.com