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Foster Child

Colorado Project

Colorado Springs, Colorado Project

Lead Mentor: Amber Leach

Project location: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Year project founded: 2021

Mentors on this team: 15

Children mentored to date: 6

Children to be mentored in 2023: 5

Local foster care partners: Currently looking for partners. 

Local companies that support this project: Currently looking for community support!

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We get to show our kids that we care–that we will invest the time and effort to get to learn with them, and that our rivers and lakes are for them, not just a privileged few!
Amber Leach

Lead Mentor, Colorado Springs, Colorado Project

Project Mentors

AMBER LEACH, LEAD MENTOR

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Born and raised in West Virginia, Amber was fortunate enough to have been given an early introduction to mountain rivers and streams. Fishing, hiking, and camping in the Appalachian Mountains with her father developed her deep-seated fervor for the water and love of the great outdoors. Amber is passionate about the therapeutic effects of nature and is excited to pair that with her love of fly fishing to help bring healing and wholeness to foster kids in Colorado. Amber kick-started the Kentucky Mayfly Project in 2019 as well!

 

TERRY FARSTAD, MENTOR

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Born in North Dakota and grew up in Nebraska fishing (not fly fishing) and hunting. Enlisted into the Marine Corps and served a few years (22). Moved to Colorado Springs in July of 2007 and one goal was to learn fly fishing, and I’ve not looked back. I’ve been working with veteran’s groups that look at fly fishing as a way of healing. I also help with the Boy Scouts each summer at Camp Alexander during June and July teaching them fly tying, aquatic bugs, casting and then put it all together on the water. I was a foster child for 2 years during my teenage years. I look forward to being a mentor for the Pikes Peak program.

 

SEAN SMITH, MENTOR

Woodland Park, Colorado

Sean grew up in the southeast US but calls Tennessee his childhood home. He had an affinity for fishing but never had a mentor to show him the ropes. He was given a fly rod the day before his wedding and has been casting fur and feather ever since. Once he stopped hooking himself in the back of his head and arms, he taught wounded veterans fly casting/ tying through Project Healing Waters while stationed in Washington, D.C. As a pediatrician, he witnesses the phenomenal resilience that kids can demonstrate when an adult makes them feel valuable and important. Sean eagerly anticipates meeting these incredible kids, sharing his love of fishing, and witnessing the joy of a new discovery on their faces.

 

News & Events

Thank You to our DUN Sponsors!

Thank You to our DUN Sponsors!

Thank you to our Dun Sponsors for supporting TMP in 2022!   Our Dun sponsors were a huge support for our 2022 projects! Huge thanks to Cortland, Loon Outdoors, Orvis, and Bass Pro for donating gear, providing a huge discount for our projects or giving monetarily....

Giving Tuesday, November 29th, 2022!!

Giving Tuesday, November 29th, 2022!!

Thank you for being an integral part of The Mayfly Project this year! When we say, "It takes a village," we truly mean it! This year we added 9 new projects and 106 new mentors, and served over 380 children in foster care! That's 1,900 days on the water this year,...

Interview with TMP Lead and Clinical Social Worker, Kimberly Cordero

Interview with TMP Lead and Clinical Social Worker, Kimberly Cordero

Kimberly Cordero brought The Mayfly Project to Boise two years ago and is our lead mentor for this project. We are also honored to have her as a TMP sounding board to ensure we are creating safe projects for the kids we mentor nationally. Kimberly is not just a great...

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