The Cumberland County Street to Streams Program was started through the Building Bridges Initiative in August 2007. In 2009, the Street to Streams completed its inaugural event. This program consisted of 10 at risk youth and 10 volunteers from the Cumberland Valley Trout Unlimited Program along with support from employees from Children & Youth Services, the Juvenile Probation Department, Cumberland/ Perry Drug & Alcohol Commission and the Mental Health/Intellectuals with Developmental Disabilities office. The purpose of Street to Streams is to utilize flying fishing to bring together youth with positive mentors to help build self-esteem, to provide a positive extra-curricular activity, and to teach the youth the importance of environmental conservation. Street to Streams also provides awareness of some of the great opportunities that are available throughout Cumberland County.
Street to Streams continues on an annual basis and over 60 youth have completed the program thus far. Several local businesses including the Yellow Breeches Outfitters, Bass Pro Shop, and Giant Food Stores all partner with Cumberland County to aid in sponsoring Street to Streams. As the youth learn about fly fishing, families are invited to attend and meet with the different child serving agencies involved with the program. The youth, families, and volunteers also share several meals which allow time to reflect on what they’ve learned.
Street to Streams takes place over two days at the Allenberry Playhouse & Inn where the youth are able to learn flying fishing basics on the Yellow Breeches with the Trout Unlimited Cumberland Valley Chapter mentors. Attendees and volunteers both report positive experiences after completing the event. Future goals include increasing to two Street to Streams Events each year and providing the opportunity for up to 30 youth to attend per year.