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"Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" in New Jersey

Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Team Leader Training in September
   Registration Form (pdf, 37kb)

Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Podcast with Liz Jackson (DEP Website)

Liz  Jackson and son fishing New Jersey's "Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs" Program provides a great opportunity to get kids involved in positive recreational activities. Growing up in a big city, my parents saw value in having me spend my summers outdoors enjoying nature. These experiences afforded me the chance to discover that there is more to the world and my role in it than what the concrete jungle has to offer. Likewise, the goal of this program is to introduce youth to the fun and excitement of fishing, and to engage them in meaningful life skills, so that they also can imagine unlimited possibilities for themselves.

Liz Jackson, HOFNOD Coordinator

HOFNOD FAQs

Fishing is an activity that can be started at any age by any person regardless of gender, physical size or athletic ability. Fishing can also be enjoyed individually or with family and friends. A great way to introduce youth to fishing is through the "Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" (HOFNOD) Program.

"Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" is a unique, nationally recognized program created by the Future Fisherman Foundation. In 2012, Governor Christie signed legislation establishing the statewide implementation of the HOFNOD program. The legislation provided initial funding through an appropriation of $200,000 from the state's Drug Enforcement and Demand Reduction Fund. (See below for the identical State Assembly and Senate bills.)

The goal of New Jersey's program is to encourage school-aged children to avoid tobacco, drug and alcohol usage by providing alternative activities that involve learning to fish, appreciating aquatic and environmental resources, and developing positive life skills. The program will provide students with access to extracurricular outlets that utilize New Jersey’s incredible outdoor recreational assets
The NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife wants to partner with schools, community- and faith-based youth organizations willing to provide on-going and sustained engagement in HOFNOD activities throughout the year. The "Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" program is flexible enough to be offered in different ways, such as:
  • a weekly enrichment activity in summer youth programs
  • an on-going educational physical education activity in after school settings
  • integrated into grades 4-12 school curricula
  • as a year-round supplemental activity of community-based youth organizations (e.g. Youth Corps, Boys/Girls Clubs and faith-based entities)

HOFNOD is an excellent way for young people to participate in constructive recreation and to develop a positive sense of self-worth. The program helps:

  • nurture self-esteem and confidence
  • develop higher order critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • reveal alternate activities for young people instead of the pitfalls of drug and alcohol use
  • foster opportunities and build skills to explore freshwater & marine careers
During the program, students learn:

  • freshwater and marine ecosystems
  • proper outdoor ethics and being a good steward of their local environment
  • respect for themselves, others and the world around them
  • how, when and where to fish
  • life skills like preparing and cooking their catch

Participants in the March 2016 Team Leader Training at Princeton Blairstown Center
Participants in the March 2016 Team Leader Training held at the Princeton Blairstown Center, Hardwick, NJ.
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Adult-led lessons provide students with hands-on, real life experience and incorporate peer teaching and mentoring in the process. Guest experts can be used to teach supplemental sessions like fly tying and casting, spearfishing, introduction to SCUBA diving, kayaking and boating safety. Available funding through the HOFNOD program may be used to offset the cost of staff training & materials, fishing and program gear, and transportation for youth fishing trips.

The core message of the "Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs" program is that you don't need to use tobacco, alcohol or drugs to have fun! It's the type of program that not only will help reduce drug and alcohol use in youth, but will also bring families closer together by giving them an inexpensive outdoor recreation activity they can all participate in.

For more information call 908-637-4125 ext. 122 or e-mail Liz.Jackson@dep.nj.gov.

HOFNOD Group Program Registration Form (pdf, 122kb)
HOFNOD Youth Registration and Photo Release Agreement (pdf, 100kb)

HOFNOD Teams

Want to find a local HOFNOD Team? Locate a group near you from the list below:

ATLANTIC

Atlantic County Hooked on Fishing-Not on Drugs Coalition
4805 Nawakwa Blvd.
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Adam Erskine - aerskine@acsssd.net
Cell: 609-675-1385
Sheriff's Dept.: 609-909-7200
Office: 609-625-5590 x1136

BURLINGTON

Burl-Cam HOFNOD
60 Huntington Drive
Southampton, NJ 08088
Floyd C Reynolds III - floyd@nssofnj.com
856-810-0260
Jeff Brown - jgbrown49@comcast.net
609-410-1873

CAMDEN

HOFNOD Gloucester Township
H.O.F.N.O.D.G.T.
Hazel & Kendrick Aves.
Sicklerville, NJ
Bob Johnston - hofnodgt@yahoo.com
856-491.5366
www.hofnodgt.com

CUMBERLAND

Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs - Cumberland County
P.O. Box 181
Heislerville, NJ 08324
Joe Haase - Joseph.Haase@yahoo.com
Cell/text: 856-332-4834
www.hofnodcc.org

Millville Police Department, PAL
School Resource Officer / Traffic Safety Unit
18 S. High St. PO 609
Millville, NJ 08332
Officer Richard Kott #104 - Richard.kott@pd.millvillenj.gov
Cell: 856-498-3309
Work: 856-825-7010 x7623

Vineland Police Department / Juvenile Unit
111 North 6th Street
Vineland, NJ 08360
Officer Dion Colvin #1830 - dcolvin@vinelandcity.org
Work: 856-691-4111 x4372
Cell: 856-362-0305

ESSEX

ASPIRA, Inc. of New Jersey
390 Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Newark, NJ 07104
Elena Larranaga - elarranaga.aspiranj@gmail.com
973-484-7554 x215
www.aspira.org

HUNTERDON

Hunterdon County Educational Services Commission
37 Hoffman's Crossing Road
Califon, New Jersey 07830
Dennis R. Balodis - DBalodis@HunterdonESC.org
Work: 908-439-4280 x4510
Cell: 908-963-9595
www.HunterdonESC.org

HUDSON

Anna L. Klein School
310 - 68th Street
Guttenberg, NJ 07093
Rosa Bamert - rbamert@guttenberg.k12.nj.us
201-410-7657
Megan Cohn - mcohn@guttenberg.k12.nj.us
201-424-4473

Marist A+ Summer Camp
1241 Kennedy Boulevard
Bayonne, NJ 07002
DeNere Postell
201-437-4545
www.marist.org/admissions/marist-summer-camp

MIDDLESEX

B3 After School Program, Program Director
21st Community Learning Centers
RARITAN BAY AREA YMCA
357 New Brunswick Avenue
Perth Amboy, NJ 08861
James C. Castillo, M.S. - jcastillo@rbaymca.org
732-442-3632 x 6700
www.rbaymca.org

Scarlet KIDS Camp
Douglass Psychology Child Study Center
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
26 Nichol Avenue, Room 27
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-2882
Jennifer Manuola, Director - jenne@rci.rutgers.edu
848-932-8881
www.douglasschildcare.rutgers.edu

MONMOUTH

Jersey Devil Kids Camp
Jersey Devil Sportfishing
Captain Brian Rice - brian@jerseydevilsportfishing.com
732-996-6372
www.jerseydevilcharters.com

Reel Fun Fishing
Boating Education And Rescue (BEAR)
PO Box 1283
Wall Twp., NJ 07719
Mike & Debbie Bennett - bear@boatingeducationandrescue.org
732-492-4009
www.boatingeducationandrescue.com

OCEAN

Lacey Township High School Youth Fishing Club
73 Haines Street
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
Jeremy L. Muermann - jmuermann@laceyschools.org
Terrance Stuart - tstuart@laceyschools.org
609-971-2020
www.edline.net/pages/Lacey_High

SUSSEX

Byram Intermediate School
3 Highland Ave.
Andover, NJ 07821
Betty Saar, Special Educator
973-271-4658
www.byramschools.org

High Point Regional High School
High Point Outdoor Recreation Program HOFNOD
299 Pidgeon Hill Road
Sussex, NJ 07461
Ed Blevins - surfkaster@optonline.net
973-875-3101

Sussex County Charter School for Technology
385 North Church Road
Sparta, NJ 07871
Suzanne Kopycienski, Health/Physical Education Teacher - skopycienski@sussexcharter.org
973-383-3250
www.sussexcharter.org

Sussex County HOFNOD 4H
35 Newton Avenue
Branchville, NJ 07826
Natalie Burger - info@hiddenpasturesalpacas.com
973-948-6800
Rory Halpin - RoryH@advancere.com
732-713-2567

UNION

City of Plainfield - Division of Parks & Recreation
510 Watchung Avenue
Plainfield, New Jersey 07060
Veronica Taylor, Superintendent of Parks & Recreation - veronica.taylor@plainfieldnj.gov
908-753-3096
www.plainfieldnj.gov/cms.aspx?page_id=214&page_name=Recreation

Team Linden
Linden, NJ
Rhashonna Cosby-Hurling - rcosbyhurling@linden-nj.org
Councilwoman, Ward 5
908-718-7933

WARREN

YMCA Camp Mason
23 Birch Ridge Road
Hardwick, NJ 07825
Keith VanDerzee, CEO
908-362-8217
www.campmason.org

Enabling Legislation:
Assembly Bill 638 1R
Senate Bill 178

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