(Replace: Including remark from ODHS, Mayfly Mission mentor)
BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Mayfly Project is holding a commencement for its Central Oregon college students this night in Bend.
The group has a singular approach of instructing life expertise to kids in foster care; fly fishing.
Terry Miller, a lead mentor for the Bend group, determined a number of years again he wished to provide again to his sport.
“I actually can’t think about how my life can be with out it,” Miller advised NewChannel 21 on Tuesday.
Emily Kotaich, the Useful resource Household Retention and Recruitment Champion for the Oregon Division of Human Companies stated, “The Mayfly undertaking is a nonprofit group that’s devoted to supporting foster youth with mentorship by way of flyfishing.”
This previous yr the Bend Mission had 5 outings, with the ultimate one on Tuesday. Six kids starting from ages 8 to 18 accomplished all the packages this season.
Miller stated fly fishing really has a really therapeutic worth to a few of these youngsters.
“A trait of a profitable fly fisherman is endurance,” he stated. “It’s a chance to get out and benefit from the outside and give attention to one thing exterior of the chaos of each day life.”
Kotaich stated this system supplies what these kids are lacking.
“They’re in type of a spot the place they’re needing a bit of bit further steerage and I really feel like this program does add that to their lives,” she stated.
This was Miller’s third season with this system, and he hopes the fourth will be even larger.
“We’d prefer to develop this system for subsequent yr,” he stated. “This yr we had been in a position to get six youngsters in our program and we’ve got room for lots extra.”