Lucas Metropulos is applying his public policy major, economics minor and certificate in marine science and conservation leadership to Fishing for Families in Need, an initiative of his own design that benefits underprivileged children and families.
As a high school student in Boca Raton, Florida, he founded the after-school program that teaches kids how to fish -- a skill that can help feed their families while teaching them patience and respect for the environment. Metropulos raised money through various grants, including $10,000 through the National Make A Difference Day. Since coming to Duke, he has overseen the project’s expansion to Martha’s Vineyard and New Orleans.
Metropulos has also partnered with the Ronald McDonald House in Durham to help families with children in Duke University Hospital. He and other volunteers took economically disadvantaged families—guests at the Ronald McDonald House—fishing for crappie, bluegill and catfish at Lake Michie, north of Durham.