21st Annual Take Your Kids To Work Day



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Forbes.com staff writer Jaquelyn Smith has written a great article outlining the dos and don’ts of Take Your Child To Work Day. It’s well worth a read:

Originally called the Take Our Daughters to Work Program, founded by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993, the concept was created in response to research that found many girls lacked confidence and were dropping out of school by the eighth grade. Ten years later the name was changed to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work so that boys, who are subject to many of the same problems, could also participate.

“We want the kids, parents, teachers and workplaces to all help students see the value of their education by linking it to the world of work,” says Carolyn McKecuen, president of the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation. “Kids say, ‘I want to be a doctor,’ but they don’t always realize what it takes to get there. This day gives them the opportunity to learn and be exposed to their dream jobs. It teaches them that they have to start working toward that goal now, and that getting C’s in school won’t cut it.”

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