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Outdoor Bigs and Littles Minnesota Style

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) have traveled a long path down the outdoor trail. Just about 6 years ago, we started talking about outdoor activities that lined-up with BBBS policies and what the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources had to offer. Sometimes we hit a home run, sometimes we struck out.

In recent years, we’ve made tremendous strides breaking down some barriers and misinformation about activities in the field, but thanks to open minded current management and coordinators at BBBS; they now have the confidence in us to put on a safe,

Making an impact...

This morning I was checking my emails, hoping to see that LOTS of folks had gone to the website and made a donation.  Well, there weren't LOTS of them, but there was a special one.

One of the first young men we had in the program had gone online and made a donation.  Then he sent me the following email:

 

I distinctly remember the hunter ed class this young man attended, sitting on the front row, totally wrapped up in the lessons.  We took him on a quail hunt a couple of weeks later and he shot his first bird.

We had the pleasure of having this young man join us for deer hunts, pheasant

2013 in Review

2013 was an exciting year at Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors.  The Youth Coordinator model that we implemented in Kansas is up and running.  Like any new program, we're learning what works and what doesn't.  We are very excited about the potential this model has as we expand to new states.

Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors hosted and/or participated in 35 events in Kansas, attended by over 1,200 youth .  Events included pheasant hunts, deer hunts, turkey hunts, duck hunts, shooting clinics, hunter education classes, canoeing, hiking and fishing activities from one end of the state to the other.

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Jake's a lucky young man...

Earlier this year I sent out an email, relaying a mother’s request looking for a mentor who would spend time taking her son hunting and fishing.  The boy's father, and her husband, had died several years ago and young Jake appeared to have his father's deep love for the outdoors.  The response to that email was really gratifying.  And the mother’s request was answered in spades!

I received emails from several Pheasants Forever/Quail Forever chapters, inviting the young man to youth hunts they had planned.

The Turkey Guide

Pheasants Forever published an article by a young man who has been participating in the Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors program since ’09 in their Forever Outdoors magazine.  Taylor Tennant is a great example of the good things that can happen when a young boy has a caring mentor who spends time hunting and fishing with them.

Taylor’s mentor, Dave Marble, had been helping with the Pass It On - Outdoor Mentors program for a number of years before stepping up to become a mentor on a “full-time” basis.

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