The Fishing School

Get Involved

Are you interested in making an impact on the future of Washington, DC’s youth and in the communities in which they live? TFS values the support of individuals and organizations to make our programming a success. The best part is, there’s more than one way to help! Below, see which fun and rewarding opportunity fits your schedule and level of commitment:


You or your organization can help The Fishing School maintain its quality programming and reach more students in the following ways:

  • Make a one-time or monthly recurring donation to TFS to ensure ongoing support for our students and parents.
  • Become a member of one of our Giving Circles:
    • Techies for TFS – Do you work in the tech sector and/or IT and have a passion for integrating technology into the lives of youth to better prepare them for the future? This circle’s for you! With your support, The Fishing School can continue to provide quality STEAM activities, licenses for our web-based curriculum, and other technology components infused throughout our programming.
    • Heroes for TFS – This one’s for those who work in public safety who, much like our founder, Mr. Tom Lewis, are inspired to help youth and families in DC’s underserved communities. Your contributions will help support career exploration, activities, field trips, and workshops.
    • Standing in the Gap – Are you inspired by the story of faith that led Tom Lewis to found TFS and continues to guide the leadership of Executive Director Leo Givs? Your contributions to TFS will directly support Life Skills instruction that help youth grow socially and emotionally and succeed beyond the classroom.
    • Young Professionals – Individuals 35 years and younger who want to engage in philanthropy early and have a passion for youth-development work are invited to join this circle which supports the purchase and instruction of TFS’ read aloud books. These are critically important to growing students’ literacy skills and ensuring their academic and professional success.
    • Lawyers for Learners – For those of you in the legal field, you understand the importance of representing and advocating for underserved communities in the District. Join this circle and support parent engagement programs that give parents the skills and knowledge to help their children make the right choices in life.
    • Club 107 – Alumni of Historically Black Colleges and Universities who understand the critical importance of integrating college into youths’ outlook are invited to support HBCU activities and college-preparation workshops, activities, and field trips that help students deepen their understanding of colleges/universities and what it takes to succeed there.
  • Donate to TFS through your workplace giving program.
    • United Way #8553
    • CFC #56490
  • Select TFS as the beneficiary of a charity auction or event fundraiser.
  • Sponsor our annual fundraising event.
  • Provide in-kind donations such as STEAM supplies, books, school supplies, or laptops to enhance our classroom experience!


As corporate or individual volunteers, your professional talents and skills are invaluable to nonprofits like ours. We encourage you to inquire about vacancies on our Board of Directors and Executive Leadership Council. In addition, we are always looking for volunteers to help with special projects such as:

  • Human resource policy guidance
  • IT planning
  • Communications strategies
  • Facilities maintenance
  • And more…

Groups of volunteers are encouraged to look into our annual events, which provide opportunities to meaningfully interact with our students while supporting our Parent Engagement Program.

We request that you communicate your interest 90 days in advance of the proposed engagement.

volunteer application must be completed prior to consideration for any volunteer opportunities at The Fishing School.

Please contact Travis Clark for more information.


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TFS Alumni

Were you previously a student in one of The Fishing School’s programs and are looking to give back to the community you grew up in? We’d love to hear from you!

To share your alumni news, please contact Christopher Anuzis, and we will be in touch with you shortly about how you can give back.

Special Events

TFS’ special events celebrate the success of our students and organization as a whole. These events also provide opportunities for volunteer groups to interact with our staff, students, parents, and other TFS supporters in fun and meaningful ways.

The Fishing School‘s supporters represent the power of public/private partnerships. Supporters include community based organizations, faith-based institutions, grant makers and corporate entities that are all committed to the TFS mission.

Please click here to learn more about our special events.