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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: 0

Children to be mentored in 2022: 8-10

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

You Are Cool!

You Are Cool!

You are Cool! By Jay Langston, Little Rock Project Yesterday, at our project outing, I was fly fishing with a middle school-aged child from our local foster care group home in Arkansas. Towards the end of the project I said, “You are a super cool dude!" He looked away...

Podcast with April Vokey, Anchored Outdoors

Podcast with April Vokey, Anchored Outdoors

We were thrilled to be on Anchored Outdoors Podcast, with the talented, April Vokey! Please check this podcast out and find out more about the founders, their vision, and how TMP is supporting foster children across the country here: Anchored Podcast Ep. 177: Jess...

The Gift of Fly Fishing, Fort Collins, CO

"Hello Bryan and Chelsea, I just wanted to share this great picture of Alicia catching a beautiful rainbow trout (I think) while we camped along the North Fork of the Gunnison River in Paonia. She really enjoyed fly fishing while out there and you can tell by the look...

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