Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day registrations in mail soon

Penn State's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day program, sponsored by the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Educational Equity, is scheduled for Thursday, April 26, on the University Park campus. Brochures and registration forms for this event will be mailed out in the next week or so.

This year, about 50 career sites are participating at University Park to give girls and boys in grades six through 12 a chance to explore career options. Participants can select three sites to visit during the half-day program.

When it began in 1993, Take Our Daughters to Work Day was a revolutionary way to encourage adolescent girls' interest and achievement in math and science. Over the years, it expanded their understanding of career opportunities and encouraged equal opportunities for women in the workplace. In 2003, the national program was changed to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, as a way of inviting boys and girls to examine together occupational opportunities, leaving the program with a better sense of the career path they would like to walk down.

According to the national Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day website, the event is held on a school day so girls and boys can take what they learn in workplaces on Thursday and apply it to the classroom on Friday. By involving whole communities -- schools, girls and boys, parents, workplaces and mentors -- the program helps young people make connections between what they learn in school and their future goals.

The day will begin with breakfast and registration in the South Annex of the Bryce Jordan Center.  The students and their mentors then visit their chosen career sites and return to the Jordan Center for a luncheon featuring Patrick Chambers, head coach of men's basketball at Penn State. The title of Chambers' presentation is "Setting and Reaching Career Goals."

The cost for the day is $20 per student/mentor pair. There will be an additional charge of $15 for each additional attendee. Deadline for registration is April 6.

To register for the event, mail back the registration form.

For additional information, contact Connie Tice at 814-863-6188 or cmr1@psu.edu.

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Last Updated February 21, 2012