1 on 1 was built on the collaboration of Foothills Bait
and Tackle, various county Probation and Diversion departments, the
Police Cadet Program, Colorado Division of Wildlife, social services,
schools, churches and other non-profits. Our primary goal is to
reach at-risk youth who have not had positive experiences with figures of authority by helping them to experience some of the finer
things in life (like fishing)! Initially, we have targeted youth already involved
in the justice system that caseworkers have identified as potentially gaining benefit from
the unique one on one mentoring provided by this outdoor learning experience.
Research shows that genuine sensory reconnection with nature, backyard or back country, psychologically and spiritually reunites us and helps us transform our destructive desires into constructive participation in the world.
Fishing is a contemplative sport that facilitates your ability to integrate knowledge and experience into a successful, affordable, lifelong nurturing activity.
The concept for the program was developed by Mike
Osthus, the owner of Foothills Bait and Tackle. On an almost daily basis, Mike
noticed young children from the neighborhood around his business simply hanging around
with nothing to do and he took the time to talk to them about developing other interests.
As time went by he noticed that other businesses in the area were consistently
getting "tagged" by graffiti artists while his business was left untouched.
After seeing this Mike was able to reason that he
had earned their respect because of his concern for their futures and that they might
further benefit from other positive one on one experiences with a variety of authority figures. 1 on
1 Fishing Experience has taken Mike's idea and made it a reality. 1 on1 is helping
these children not only by allowing them to experience fun, free outdoor activities (i.e.
fishing, hiking, etc.) but also by offering a large variety of life-enriching no-cost
seminars and classes (from fly fishing to careers and education). Utilizing these
tools, 1 on 1 firmly believes we can realize our mission and truly help to make a