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The Mayfly Project

Phoenix, Arizona Project

Project Lead Mentor: Stephanie Serritello

Project Co-Lead Mentor: Emily Higuera

Project Conservation Mentor: Jen Graves

Project location: Phoenix, Arizona

Year project founded: 2022

Mentors on this team: 8 (Currently taking mentor applications)

Children to be mentored in 2022: 4-7

Local foster care partners: Currently searching for partners.

Local companies that support this project:  Currently searching for community support and partnerships!

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Contact Phoenix, AZ Lead Mentor: Email: serritellos@yahoo.com

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As fly fishers we know the therapy and joy of being out on the water. Children in foster care often do not have the same opportunity to connect with nature. This project will work to bridge that gap and help these incredible kids to experience the happiness that being outdoors can bring. Whether we help them find a lifelong passion or find a few days to escape their worries, we cannot wait to share the love of fly fishing with these kids. Nothing compares to your first fish on the fly!

Stephanie Serritello

Lead Mentor, Phoenix, Arizona Project

Project Mentors

STEPHANIE SERRITELLO, LEAD MENTOR

Phoenix, Arizona

Stephanie is a native New Yorker but has been exploring the fisheries of the west and southwest for the past several years. She loves fish so much that not only does she spend her weekends chasing them; she also made them her career. As a Fisheries Biologist, she has spent a lot of time poking dead fish and snorkeling face first into rocks. When not hanging out with fish she can be found chasing her two crazy cattle dogs around and telling them not to eat whatever it is they are eating at the moment. She cannot wait to share her passion with the incredible kids of The Mayfly Project!

ANDREW GRAVES, MENTOR

Peoria, Arizona

Andrew was born and raised in Michigan, home to some of the best trout waters in the country. He moved to Arizona in 2007 and has called it home ever since. Newer to the fly-fishing sport, he has spent hours upon hours researching and learning everything he can, as well as getting out as much as possible, including practicing casting in his own backyard pool. Andrew is passionate about connecting with youth. He has served with his church’s youth group and looking at ways to get kids outdoors more. Andrew and his wife are also looking to become foster parents themselves someday. “I couldn’t think of a better way to connect and understand what some kids go through, than to connect through fly fishing.”

NICK ELIAS, MENTOR

Flagstaff, Arizona

I’m an Arizona Native. I grew up spin fishing for bass, crappie, and sunfish with my dad and brother. I discovered fly fishing about 3 years ago and I never looked back. It’s not always about catching the biggest fish, but about creating long lasting memories on the water. My heart lies in wildlife and fisheries conservation. I volunteer with a couple different organizations in the state that run projects to educated and inspire the next generation of safe, and ethical hunters. I am excited to kick off this project with TMP to inspire our next generation of responsible anglers.

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Our 2020 Impact!!

Our 2020 Impact!!

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Giving Tuesday Success, 2020!

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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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