Pheasants Forever and Quail ForeverPartner Pass It On Endorsed By National Forum on Children and Nature
Only project endorsed with focus on hunting.
(Theoutdoorwire) – Saint Paul, Minnesota – Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc., a Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever partner, has received an endorsement from the National Forum on Children and Nature as one of 30 projects nationwide that demonstrate new and creative ways to reconnect kids with nature. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever note that Pass It On was the only project with a focus on hunting and firearms to receive an endorsement.
Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors partners with youth mentoring organizations and outdoor groups to recruit mentors who share their love and passion of the outdoors with a child. Targeting “at-risk” youth, Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors gives children who have limited opportunities the chance to experience first-hand the thrill of time spent afield to learn to hunt, fish, camp and hike under the tutorage of a caring adult mentor.
Recognizing an urgent need to reconnect kids with nature, The Conservation Fund launched the National Forum on Children and Nature in 2007. Over the past year, the Forum received 560 proposals from projects seeking endorsement. Forum advisory panels culled the best ideas for investment in children's health through nature, particularly in the areas of education, technology and community. Ultimately, the Forum endorsed 30 projects, based on their relevance, impact and sustainability. Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc. is one of these 30.
“Hunting and conservation are closely tied, and we've partnered with the Pass It On program because it matches adults with a passion for hunting with youth that want to learn to hunt,” said Howard Vincent, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever President and CEO and Pass It On Board of Directors member, “We will continue to work with and support the Pass It On program's mission to instill hunting and conservation ethics in America's youth.” Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will be partnering with Pass It On going forward to further PF/QF's No Child Left Indoors® initiative. This new initiative is part of a national movement aimed at getting youth unplugged from electronics and turned on to the outdoors, nature and wildlife. The No Child Left Indoors® initiative is carried out through youth habitat projects, youth and family community events and youth outdoor education programs hosted by PF/QF chapters and volunteers across the country.
“We are honored with this endorsement by the National Forum on Children and Nature,” commented Mike Christensen, President of Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc. and a member of the Keeper of the Plains Chapter of Quail Forever in Wichita, Kansas, “We look forward to working closely with the Forum to build upon our past successes and to expand the Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors program to give children across the country more opportunities to enjoy time outdoors with a mentor showing them the way.”
About Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc.
Pass It On – Outdoor Mentors, Inc. began as a partnership between Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. Over the last six years, over 8,000 children have been introduced to hunting, fishing and other traditional outdoor sports alongside a caring mentor. Partnering with outdoor organizations, Pass It On connects children who want to learn about the outdoors with volunteers who want to pass on their outdoor heritage and have the expertise and experience to do so. The partnership with youth mentoring organizations assures that the mentoring relationships are safe for both the child and mentor. Outdoor organizations see more participants, mentoring organizations see more children being mentored and the children get outdoors – truly a win-win-win for all.
About Pheasants Forever
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 129,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.
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