Youth Education Report

by Greg Kucharewski
(from Jersey Coast Anglers Association January 2022 Newsletter)
2021 JCAA Youth Education Award

Tim Brennan, Brick Memorial High School Health and Physical Education teacher, received the 2021 Youth Education Award at the JCAA Sportsperson of the Year Dinner located at Yesterdayís Family Restaurant, Bayville, NJ. Mr. Brennan is a NJ HOFNOD instructor and has designed a NJ HOFNOD proposal that was introduced to the Brick Board of Education in 2015. He collaborated with other educators to ensure students would be engaged in learning about aquatic education and utilizing fishing as a healthy outdoor alternative to drugs and alcohol. The program was introduced into the BMHS curriculum and is a favorite class among students.

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Tim works closely with Liz Jackson and Alanna Newmark, NJ DEP Fish and Wildlife. The JCAA Youth Education Committee has seen the benefit of a successful school program. Timís students have made it their choice to stay involved in the program and not fall victim to drugs, alcohol, bullying, and gangs. Congratulations Tim, Liz and Alanna for guiding our young people to a heathy lifestyle.

NJ HOFNOD Leader Meeting

On December 4, 2021, Liz Jackson and Alana Newmark hosted a NJ HOFNOD leader brainstorming workshop at Assunpink Wildlife Management Area. The meeting was to decide how limited NJ HOFNOD funds will be utilized and managed throughout 2022. I was honored to attend the meeting and inform leaders about how NJ HOFNOD has progressed over the years. The JCAA Youth Education Committee will also aid leaders and volunteers with any questions and help they may need from JCAA member clubs.

Fourteen leaders from seven NJ counties were in attendance and are relying on NJ HOFNOD professional development training funds to keep the 2022 NJ HOFNOD self-renewing. Funds will help leaders recruit new volunteers and solve program challenges in urban areas. Under the direction of Liz Jackson and Alanna Newmark all NJ HOFNOD leaders and volunteers do an amazing job of working with youngsters and growing their programs but JCAA and NJOA feel the budget and staffing need adjustments to offer children more opportunity to healthy outdoor alternatives. NJOA representatives will spearhead the importance of properly funding NJ HOFNOD and hopefully, bill S-3457 will provide much needed funds to expand NJ HOFOD. You can get more info and track the bill at this link.

If you would like to become a certified NJ HOFNOD instructor, please contact Liz Jackson, NJ DEP Division of Fish & Wildlife, Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs, 605 Pequest Road, Oxford, NJ 07683, 908-637-4125 x122. Visit the NJ HOFNOD website to view a group near you.

Disabled Veteran - Free Mobile Sportfishing Permit

We remind all eligible disabled veterans to apply for an IBSP 2022 Mobile Sportfishing Permit to drive on the beach. Veterans must provide the following: Form DD 214 Honorable Discharge, Valid NJ Driver License and Registration, Veterans ID Card proof of service-connected disability. If you plan to fish on the beach you must register for a Free NJ Saltwater Recreational Registration Card. It is suggested new beach drivers take a beach safety driving course. NJBBA offers a beach driving course (link here). For more information about permits and hours contact: Island Beach State Park, 732-793-0506. Visit VVA Chapter 12 for Play HOOK-e veteran news and discounts.

Support Local Tackle Dealers

This holiday season please stop by your local tackle dealer and check out their bargain bins. You never know what you will find. Many dealers offer gift certificates for rods/reels and new gear. Tip: Donít wait till the fish are biting to have rod and reel repairs done. January, February, and March are the perfect months to get your equipment ready for fishing. Shop local and visit our tackle dealers list for veteran discounts.

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