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Michigan youth fishing gets a boost

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A donation from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) fisheries program will enable mentoring programs throughout the state to receive mini-grant funds in 2013.  The funds will support fishing-related activities. As a result, youth and their mentors across Michigan will be able to enjoy the fun and excitement of fishing together.

In December, employees of the Fisheries Division held a silent auction with the proceeds benefiting Mentor Michigan.  Mentor Michigan is a state agency which supports 250 mentoring organizations throughout Michigan. In total, the group raised $3,340, which was awarded to the group during a check presentation ceremony Jan. 10, 2013, at the Michigan Natural Resources Commission meeting. The funds will be dispersed to mentoring programs throughout the state to support fishing-related activities and expenses.

"Fishing is a great activity for youth," said Mentor Michigan Director Amber Troupe. "However, some mentees have never enjoyed the fishing experience because they don't have the proper equipment, transportation, or otherwise. With this generous donation from the Fisheries Division, we can now provide mentoring programs across the state with the funds they need to support fishing activities and other related expenses."

"For mentors and their mentees who already love to fish, we hope these grants will provide the resources mentoring programs need to make fishing a regular match activity," commented Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter, who presented the donated funds to Mentor Michigan. "For other mentoring matches who have never tried their hand at fishing, we hope these funds will allow their mentoring programs to create a first-time fishing experience that we know matches will love."

Additional information about the Mentor Michigan DNR Fisheries Division mini-grants, including application materials, activity ideas, and more, can be found at www.mentormichigan.org in the coming weeks.  

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