Believing in the value of the outdoors and youth, the purpose of Reel Expectations is to provide education on drug abuse and violence, while teaching recreational fishing skills as a positive alternative for young people.
What we have done:
During the past 10 years Reel Expectations has reached more than 3,000 young people. We have provided free rods, reels and tackle to over 1500 of those participants.
We have donated $5,000.00 to young people as sponsorships and memberships, either at the local level or to higher levels of competitive fishing, including programs not related to fishing, but character enrichment.
Reel Expectations has risen over $15,000.00 for a scholarship fund established by the Delaware Bass Federation Inc., in the name of Melvin Seichepine.
In November 2007, we were recognized in “Delaware Today” magazine as one of the top twenty non-profits, for giving back to the community.
During 2008, our program expanded by offering Reel Expectations to students with cognitive and intellectual disabilities.
In December 2008, Reel Expectations was featured in Readers Digest for “making a difference”. Readers Digest awarded the Boys and Girls Club of America $100,000 on behalf of Reel Expectations.
Since 2009 we have taken young people on a fishing retreat to Santee Cooper, SC to become “Fishers of Men”. On June 12, 2013 our retreat will be held at the Silver Bay YMCA retreat center on Lake George, NY.
In 2009 we included Prescription drug abuse and Ethics to our curriculum.
We have conducted school based intervention programs at the Naperville Bridge School in Woodridge, Il.
What we do each year:
We have approximately 50 young people participate in our summer programs (all receive a free rods, reels and tackle).
We offer Reel Expectations programs to other schools and organizations.
We support youth members of the Eastern Shore Junior Bassmasters, who are students in the Delaware and Maryland school systems. We assist and supplement the expenses of the young people that compete in state and national competitions.
We conduct a fishing derby for young people with cognitive and intellectual disabilities (all receive a free rods and reels).
Reel Expectations organizes and conducts an Adult / Youth scholarship bass tournament where the proceeds are awarded as scholarships.
We support other youth clubs in our state by providing free equipment and tackle.
We take young people on a yearly retreat and cover the expenses of our adult volunteers.
The fishing equipment, tackle and programs are provided at no cost to these young people.
Reel Expectations is a non-profit 501 (c)(3),EIN # 81-0571971organization dedicated to helping youth make better choices.