"You've Got To Want To."
Rising Stars: During the weekdays, September through June from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., The Fishing School provides elementary school students with academic programming emphasizing math, reading and character education. In addition, The Fishing School offers on-site instruction in the fine arts and sciences.
Rising Scholars: During the weekdays, September through June from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., this program serves middle school students through a curriculum emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), community service and cultural awareness.
Rising Champions: A summer program for elementary and middle school youth that provides academic support, self-esteem, leadership and character building activities. This program operates June through September from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the weekdays. Read about our most recent summer camp here.
Parent Support Center: Parents of The Fishing School youth participate in year-long activities and events designed to increase their knowledge and skills of positive youth development and parenting best practices.
Tom Lewis, a former D.C. Metropolitan police officer with over 20 years of experience in combating issues facing inner-city youth, was concerned about the educational and motivational needs of the children of low-income households within the Northeast section of D.C. Recognizing that education can unlock the door to knowledge and opportunity as well as break the cycle of poverty, Mr. Lewis renovated a former crack house and transformed it into The Fishing School in 1990.
Tom Lewis proved that it is possible for one man to stand up and make a difference.
Today, under the leadership of Leo Givs, The Fishing School continues to thrive and carry-out its mission to offer every child a brighter future through educational and enrichment programs. In 2009, The Fishing School received a new learning center thanks to ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Burch Builders Group, Smith Fairfield, Inc., the United Way of the National Capital Area, the D.C. Government and scores of corporate and community partners. The new Tom Lewis Youth and Family Support Center has allowed for The Fishing School's second major expansion - to double the number of youth served annually!