ALEXANDRIA, VA (June 14, 2012) – Five boating, fishing and conservation organizations that serve kids and families have received education grants from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF). The organizations – the International Game Fish Association, the National Recreation & Park Association, The Club de Pesca Program, Living Classrooms of National Capital Region, and Fishing Education Foundation – were awarded the grants as part of RBFF’s ongoing boating and fishing educational outreach and youth engagement initiatives.
“This year we were able to give out five grants and are thrilled with the grantees chosen. All of their programs align with RBFF’s mission to inspire young people to get outdoors fishing and boating, and to conserve our natural resources,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Each of the chosen organizations has proven they can make full use of the grants as they develop opportunities to educate and engage with a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts who honor the angling and boating tradition.”
The FY 2013 National Youth Fishing and Boating Initiative grant recipients include:
“RBFF reached nearly one million young people and their families this past year through its education programs, and we are so pleased to have these organizations on board for FY 2013 to represent diverse boating, fishing and conservation programs in our nation,” added Peterson.
A key requirement of RBFF’s National Youth Fishing & Boating Initiative includes introducing boating and fishing to minorities and underserved communities. Special consideration is given to programs that offer multiple on-the-water learning opportunities, encourage long-term involvement of participants, provide training for instructors, promote conservation and support existing RBFF partnerships. Additionally, the grants awarded cover a three-year cycle to encourage sustainable efforts with evaluation of progress achieved.
Since 2007, RBFF’s youth initiatives have engaged 2.5 million young people. For more information about RBFF’s education grant opportunities, visit RBFF.org.
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF helps people discover, share and protect the legacy of boating and fishing through national outreach programs including the Take Me Fishing™ campaign and Anglers’ Legacy™.