University Park

Date approaching for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, coordinated by the Commission for Women, will be held on Thursday, April 24.

This year, more than 40 career sites are participating on the University Park campus 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, 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.

The Commission for Women's aim in expanding the program to Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is to invite boys and girls to examine together the issues they both will confront in the workplace, to explore their potential and to realize that each others' goals are achievable. The commission would like participants to leave with ideas and impressions that will successfully guide them in the changing workplace culture.

The day will begin with breakfast and registration in the South Annex of The Bryce Jordan Center, with welcoming remarks by student Elizabeth Jin, who will speak on "Bite Off More Than You Can Chew and Chew Like Heck." The students and their mentors then visit their chosen career sites and return to the Jordan Center for a luncheon featuring Barbara Farmer, principal of Houserville and Lemont Elementary Schools in the State College Area School District. Farmer will talk about "Grooming for Greatness."

The cost for the day is $15 per student; there is no charge for the mentor. Brochures and registration forms will be mailed out in the next week or so. Deadline for registration is April 1.

For more information, call Carol Griffin at (814) 863-6188.

Last Updated March 19, 2009