My name is Leslie Byrd, founder and President of Teen Anglers Adventures. We are a new faith based organization/social club for teenagers ages 13-18 who are currently enrolled in public, private, or home school. As a teenager, my mother and grandmother used fishing and faith as a way to guide me away from the streets and trouble. As I grew up and matured, I noticed that so many of our youth are being lost to the streets, and things like fishing and faith are being cast aside for social media. I started looking for ways to get their attention. I began see a vision of, “Teen Anglers Adventures”, and how it could do so much more to help empower our youth. I believe through faith and prayer this can be accomplished.
It started out as a way to teach teenagers about fishing, conservation and preservation of marine life and habitat. I soon realized, that wasn’t enough to pull them in. It came to me in a vision, that it had to be more of a social club, keeping the concept of faith deeply rooted. Today I now envision it as a faith based social club for teens that helps protect the marine environment as well as service the community. Our main goal is to help teens to better themselves, by helping to develop strong moral character and a better sense of self worth. Helping to keep them off the streets and out of our court rooms.
We would like to host events such as arts and crafts festivals, seafood festivals, carnivals, teen socials and fishing tournaments to help fund the organization.
We are putting together a program to work within our communities to help seniors, our homeless and other teens through our out reach program. Also getting involved in fun events such as bowling, dances and teen dinners.
We’re hoping by the end of the year we will have a scholarship program in place for members.
We are looking for sponsors to help make this a reality and in return we would spotlight them in our event advertisements and offer booths at our events.
I would like to expand it all over Florida and by the end of 2020, all across the country.
Thank you for taking time out to learn more about our organization.