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Important Of Empowering Trouble Youth on Fishing Trips and the Benefits

Important Of Empowering Trouble Youth on Fishing Trips and the Benefits
The best part about fishing is it does not have any gender, cultural, and economic restrictions. Anyone can fish, by the shore, in a boat, using their preferred tackle. There may be laws to follow, and children may need a license, but it is often free.

When you take your youth out on a fishing trip, you provide them with new experiences and a relaxing way of using their time. You want to fill up their day with activities and adventure. But more than just a good reason to take youths out, did you know that fishing has several benefits to children? Below are 10 good reasons to take a youth fishing trip.

IBenefits to seniors through physical activity, vitamin D acquisition and social interaction. 

Fishing provides nature-based recreation suited to people with disabilities. It also provides social, physiological and psychological benefits; while disabled people may face more constraints than their more abled counterparts, motivators for fishing are the same for both groups (Freudenberg and Arlinghaus 2009).

Recreational fishing is a popular form of outdoor recreation enjoyed by Los Angeles.

Participation rates have been extrapolated to show that approximately 25% of Los Angeles households consist of at least one member who participates in recreational fishing; and on average each of these households contains two recreational fishers (Henry & Lyle 2003). Recreational fishing is one of the few forms of nature-based recreation that can be enjoyed throughout childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into the senior years. Of recreational fishers aged 50 years and over, 75% have been fishing for longer than 30 years amassing a wealth of skills, techniques and knowledge build over the years of participation.

A major health concern in Los Angeles is that the level of physical activity in children and adolescents is decreasing, with electronic media and other sedentary behaviors replacing outdoor activities. One study revealed that 37% of children aged 10 to 12 years spend less than half an hour a day playing outside after school and 43% spend more than two hours a day using electronic media (Wen, Kite et al. 2009). The lack of physical activity associated with the replacement of outdoor play with electronic leisure, places children at a greater risk for obesity and related adverse health effects.

Research has shown that there is an urgent need to provide outdoor social opportunities and activities for children aged up to five years to encourage habitual healthy behaviors. Furthermore, parental (or adult) encouragement, supervision and participation are essential for long-term behavior change (Cleland, Timperio et al.2018).

Providing opportunities for fishing at a young age, as a family activity, or as part of school physical education programs, is vital to cultivating recreational fishing as an interest for tomorrow’s adults. Children that participate in recreational activity with their parents or adult carers are more likely to participate later in life. Successful promotion of fishing to Los Angeles youth can maintain the future of the recreational fishing industry.

Concurrently, promoting outdoor recreation throughout life can improve lifelong health for participants. To date however, the health benefits associated with recreational fishing have been difficult to quantify. The primary reason people partake in outdoor pursuits such as recreational fishing is to relax and unwind. With clear evidence supporting physical activity and a healthy diet high in seafood as beneficial to health and the prevention of chronic conditions (McManus and Newton 2011; McManus. A., White. J. et al. 2011; Newton and McManus 2011), it is both logical and intuitive that recreational fishing could offer substantial health benefits.

The study found the strongest areas of evidence related to youth development, breast cancer recovery, positive mental health outcomes, recreation for the disabled and participation as a sport. There were programs and events run throughout Los Angeles allowing children the opportunity to fish. Each of these initiatives focused on education and environmental awareness.
In many cases, fishing was used as an incentive to deter antisocial behavior with excellent results. Recreational fishing gave children who did not find classroom social dynamics easy, the opportunity to shine and to form friendships outside their own school. For example, older children had the opportunity to mentor younger children which increased their own self efficacy and self-confidence. Of great interest are the findings that hyperactive children were seen to sit quietly by the water for long periods of time and uncommunicative children vocally expressed that they want to fish.

Volunteer-led recreational fishing activities were also popular outside of the school setting. This report provides many examples from all over Los Angeles. Skills developed over a lifetime not only provided health benefits for seniors but put them in a unique position for intergenerational transfer of recreational fishing knowledge. Also, children and adults with disabilities were able to partake in fishing largely due to a large base of volunteers and funding from organizational bodies.


Mentoring is an increasingly popular way of providing guidance and support to young people in need. Recent years have seen youth mentoring expand from a relatively small youth intervention (usually for youth from single-parent homes) to a cornerstone youth service that is being implemented in schools, community centers, faith institutions, school-to-work programs, and a wide variety of other youth-serving institutions.
It is essential to help youths to reach their potential and this is one of the reasons they veterans which will impact them experiences how to live a worthy life. Setting the right example and steering youth toward the right path has long been the objective of elders looking to pass down lessons and wisdom to the younger generation.