I believe being outdoors and fly fishing would be a great outlet for children in Foster Care, whether to just let out some stress, or focus on something positive.

Kaileigh Cera, Co-Lead Mentor

Santa Fe, New Mexico Project

Santa Fe, New Mexico Project

Lead Mentor: Brandon Cera and Kaileigh Cera

Project location: Santa Fe, New Mexico

Year project founded: 2020

Mentors on this team: 6

Children mentored to date: 4

Children to be mentored in 2023: 5

Local foster care partners: New Mexico Children Youth & Families Department (2020)

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

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“These projects are a great way to embrace nature and be yourself.  They give the children a chance to create a passion for fly fishing as well as new experiences and friendships.”

Brandon Cera

Lead Mentor, Santa Fe, New Mexico Project

Project Mentors

BRANDON CERA, LEAD MENTOR

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Born and raised outside of Dayton, Ohio, Brandon Cera attended Ohio State University and obtained both a bachelor’s degree in biology and his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. It was there that he also met and married his wife, Kaileigh, who is a health care provider in Santa Fe as well.  Brandon Cera and his wife are avid hikers, campers, skiers, fishermen and more, which means that you will often find them out and about with their dogs, enjoying the beautiful geography that Santa Fe has to offer. 

TRISHA VALDEZ, MENTOR

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Originally from San Diego, California, Trisha learned the art of saltwater fishing off the piers at the beach. Summers were spent in northern New Mexico in a small town called Mora where her dad showed her how to fish small mountain streams using spinners, bait, and the old-school way of hand-fishing under the banks. Trisha has lived in New Mexico now for over 36 years and works as a special education teacher for Albuquerque Public Schools for 16 years. Trisha has been fly fishing for 20+ years and has always had a passion for working with young adults. This opportunity to pair with the Mayfly Project is just another way she can share her knowledge for fly fishing and her joy for creating meaningful experiences for youth.

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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