This was the best experience of my life!

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Jackson, Tennessee Project

Jackson, Tennessee Project

Lead Mentor: Nathan O’Bryant

Project location: Jackson, Tennessee

Year project founded: 2019, by Dave Clouse

Mentors on this team: 7

Children mentored to date: 7

Children to be mentored in 2021: 7

Local foster care partners: West TN Children’s Home

Local companies that support this project: Currently searching for local support.

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Seeing the transition that the kids have from the first meeting to the final trip is worth it all. They come in reserved and shy, not knowing what to expect. By the end they are having the time of their lives, enjoying God’s creation and  bragging about the largest trout they caught!

Nathan O'Bryant

Lead Mentor, Jackson, Tennessee Project

Project Mentors

NATHAN OBRYANT, LEAD MENTOR

Huntingdon, Mississippi

I’m a husband and father, investment advisor, and recently became the lead mentor for this Jackson, Tennessee Project. I love fly fishing and fly tying. My favorite place to fish is Rock Creek in Montana, but I love fishing any river/stream that I get a chance to.

JOE ASKEW, MENTOR

Jackson, Mississippi

I’m a husband to Dr. Rachel Askew, 15 yr Higher Ed Administrator Lifetime lover of fishing. I have fished in Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, Colorado, Nevada, California, and Alaska, but I enjoy fishing anywhere fish can be caught. If anyone is out there looking to sponsor a trip, Patagonia, New Zealand, or Argentina are on the bucket list.

DAVE CLOUSE, MENTOR

Jackson, Mississippi

Faith, Family, FHU, and Fly Fishing describes Dave’s priorities. He’s active in his church, enjoys being with family, and fly fishing whenever there’s an opportunity. Dave has served Freed-Hardeman University since 1996 and is currently VP for Community Engagement leading all fundraising, marketing, alumni, and enrollment management efforts. Dave and Eve live in Jackson, TN and have three children.

 

JOHNNY EDWARDS, MENTOR

Jackson, Mississippi

Johnny is a Retired Sales & Management , Married 46 years, first fly rod at age 12 fishing for bream in Mississippi. Favorite destination is Gaston’s in North Central Arkansas on the WhiteFaith.

 

DAVID BAKER, MENTOR

Jackson, Mississippi

I am 67 years old and about to be retired. Worked in transportation management most of my working career. Member of Campbell Street Church of Christ. Am an avid outdoors person.  Have been hunting and fishing most of my life.

MATTHIEU DOURNAUX, MENTOR

Jackson, Mississippi

My name is Matthieu Dournaux. I grew up in Orlando, FL and moved to Tennessee after college. I reside in Jackson, TN with my wife Erin. I am a Christian and work as a Customer Service Manager for a coating factory in town. I enjoy fishing very much; from the saltwater fishing I did growing up in Florida to the fly fishing I learned from my father-in-law. I really appreciate The Mayfly Project and the opportunities it has opened up for the children and for myself as a mentor. Getting to know each of them is impactful and rewarding. Looking forward to another great year!

RACHEL ASKEW, MENTOR

Jackson, Mississippi

I am married to the man who introduced me to fly fishing, Mr. Joe Askew. I’ve fished in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Colorado. Although I often catch more branches than fish, I enjoy the peaceful time on the water and the excitement of hooking a fish. I’m a former middle school science teacher and love exploring the world and how it works. Currently, I work at Vanderbilt University as a postdoctoral researcher where I study elementary science education and support science teachers.

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Our 2020 Impact!!

Our 2020 Impact!!

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Giving Tuesday Success, 2020!

Thank You!!! Together, WE DID IT! We hit our goal on Tuesday! For our National Project online, we raised $14,000! For our individual project fundraisers we hit over $20,000!!!! This year, many of our lead mentors, mentors, and friends, all did Facebook fundraisers to...

Foster Care to Fly Fishing, with Jackie Prock

Foster Care to Fly Fishing, with Jackie Prock

“There was so much going on in my life that was out of my control, so I gravitated to the outdoors to find control. It became a place where I could go to find some peace and away from life’s confusion and uncertainties [from life in foster care],” Jackie Prock said....

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