Most of the children range in age from 8 to 14 years old. The program, which is free of charge to all participants provides each child with a special T-shirt, lunch, drinks, a two hour drift fishing trip and personalized certificates of participation. Each kid will also be presented with a new fishing rod and reel, sponsored by the Florida Foundation For Responsible Angling. "Of course, by the end of the program they will know how to put it to good use," added Twyford. Adult volunteers supervise the kids and serve as program instructors during the event. The various activities and interaction between the adults and children helps improve each child's self-esteem and personal confidence. "We believe that programs like this one help give kids a greater appreciation for the marine environment and build better environmental stewards for the future. It's certainly a memorable first-time introduction for many of the kids," said John Jolley, President of the PBCFF. Since its inception in 1988, approximately 9,000 kids have benefited from the program.