"You've Got To Want To."
Rising Stars After-School Program: Weekdays, September-June from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., TFS provides 400 elementary youth with academic and life skills through online tutorial,homework help, STEAM-based projects, a life skills curriculum and recreation.
Rising Scholars After-School Program: TFS will launch its middle school program for previous Rising Stars in the Spring of 2014. Through Saturday, holiday and virtual sessions, participants will receive academic tutoring, life skills lessons and guidance about careers, highschools and college.
Rising Champions Summer Program: The TFS summer component combats learning loss weekdays from June-August and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Three hours daily are dedicated to providing active Rising Stars and Rising Scholars with online tutoring, reading and math activities, STEAM projects, and clubs. Life skills, recreation, cultural projects and field experiences key to developing social skills, are also included.
Parent Engagement and Support Program: Parents and guardians of TFS youth participate in activities designed to increase their knowledge and skills in youth development and best practices. These activities include family events, one-to-one intakes, advisory committees and regular progress reports. TFS also provides referrals and expert guidance through partners.
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!