Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day

 

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April 24, 2008
 

About Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work

Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® program goes beyond the average practice of “shadowing” an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future and begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.

For over 15 years, our development of new, interactive activities and partnerships has helped us in taking girls and boys to the future they dream of.

This year’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day is Thursday, April 24, 2008. Our theme is “Making Choices for a Better World.”

By bringing girls and boys together, we all contribute to creating a more equitable world—at home, at school, and in the workplace. This year we are celebrating the opportunities that girls and boys will discover and the opportunities for parents, mentors, and the community to continue involvement in this unique educational experience.

About the Foundation

The Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation, which administers the program, is dedicated to developing innovative strategies and research-based activities in informal educational programs that empower girls and boys in all sectors of society so they may reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives. Through its leadership, expertise, and collaborations, the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation advocates for changes in social policy and public awareness on behalf of youth.

 

Recognition and Praise for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work:

 

National Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

"Parent involvement is a key to a child’s educational success. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is an opportunity for parents to share part of their work life with children and to show them that work is an integral part of everyone’s life.  This special day is also an opportunity for PTAs, schools, and communities to work together to provide a learning experience for our nation’s children," said National PTA CEO Warlene Gary.  "National PTA acknowledges that there is a new generation at work and encourages parents to use this special day to begin a constructive conversation with children about their careers.  Through a program called PTA Goes to Work, National PTA and the U.S. Department of Labor are providing information to parents and students on the fastest growing careers so they can make the best informed decisions on their career paths."

 

**About National PTA**

With nearly 6 million members, National PTA is the largest volunteer parent organization in the United States. Since its founding in 1897, National PTA has prided itself on being a powerful voice for children, a relevant resource for parents, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in National PTA is open to anyone who is concerned with the education, health, and welfare of children and youth. For more information about National PTA, visit www.pta.org.

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The National Campaign for Public School Improvement

Kevin Walker, president and national director of Project Appleseed and The National Campaign for Public School Improvement: "There are 50 million public school parents in America. Real education reform in this country cannot take place without an effective and involved parent constituency. When employers encourage parents to become involved with their children during company time, they invest in the corporate bottom line by ensuring that parents can be involved with their children. Parental involvement is the key to school improvement, and school improvement is the key to economic growth and competitiveness. ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’ is one way employers can invest in our future work force  — now. This is a win-win day, and I urge America’s schools, employers, and parents to take part in this wonderful celebration of parenting and work.

 

**About Kevin Walker** President & National Director, THE NATIONAL CAMPAIGN FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT, www.projectappleseed.org; Named in Top 10 people in American education in the 1990’s in the 10th Anniversary edition of Teacher magazine (published by Education Week), 1999

 

Named Top Parent Leader in the United States, Parenting Leader Award, Parenting Magazine (published by Time, Inc.), 2000

 

Project Appleseed is the #1 ranked resource for "parental involvement in public schools" in the Internet’s leading search engines Google, Yahoo!, and MSN 2006. Bio located at www.projectappleseed.org/walkervita.html.

 

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"I have been taking my sons and daughter to work with me for well over 10 years.  Having a regional position for Fidelity Investments has brought me (and my kids) from NYC to Philly; Morristown, NJ; King of Prussia, PA; Wilmington, Delaware; and points in between.  The greatest parts of the day have been having your children interact with coworkers, for them to see you in a different environment, and to understand how kind and patient so many people are in a working environment.  It helps them form opinions on the type of work they are interested in.  With one son entering college, I can see that he is leaning towards the types of interactions he has had over the years that most stimulated him (both social and technological).  I think this is an experience that every Father, Mother, Son, and Daughter should experience.  I look forward to my daughter coming to work with me again this year.

 

Statements of Support from Congress

 

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)

"Our children are America’s next generation of business and civic leaders.  I always enjoy hosting the Senate assembly with Sen. Landrieu on ‘Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day.’  It is a great opportunity for children to spend quality time with their parents, while learning about the broad array of careers and opportunities that are available to them."

 

Congresswoman Heather Wilson (R-NM)

"Giving our kids a window into their parents work world is a great idea and a chance for them to begin thinking about their own aspirations. A great future starts with a great education, and seeing Mom and Dad at work can be a real part of that approach."

 

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)

"Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a wonderful opportunity for parents and children to spend time together. As parents, we dream about what our children will be, and this is a chance to share with them the value of education and the wonderful opportunities available to them because of it. This is also a good time to reflect on how well our nation balances work and family responsibilities.  Parents are frequently faced with choices of staying home with a sick child or meeting a deadline at work.  Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is a great time to gain new perspectives on how we can make the workplace more family friendly."

 

Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R- WA)

"For 15 years, the annual ‘Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day’ has helped American employers and families work together to bring about better work-family balance.  I encourage American businesses and families to continue working together to build a better future for all of America’s sons and daughters."

 

 

Quotes of support from program participants:

 

Lee Kravitz, Parade Magazine

“It was an article in PARADE that helped Take Our Daughters to Work Day grow from a local event into a national movement. Fifteen years later, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and its mission are even more relevant — and crucial. America competes in a global economy that increasingly recognizes and prizes the vital role that women (as well as men) play in economic growth and progress. Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day gives young people and particularly girls a taste of the workplace. But it also reminds all Americans (parents and policymakers, voters and corporate leaders) that our success as a nation depends on our ability to nurture and help fulfill the dreams and potential of all of our young people."

 

Chickie Bucco, Katz Media Group

"At Katz we are thoroughly committed to this nationwide movement, which has sparked an incredible explosion within the corporate community at large. Each year, we create a full day of sessions where we encourage our children to think about the challenges and issues of balancing work, family, community, and personal responsibilities. We take this day seriously–it’s not just a day to get out of school–it’s a way to help young people get a clearer idea of what it’s like to be out in the world and to examine social structures outside their family.”

 

Kaman Aerospace Corporation – N. Bielot, S. Tadesse, and D. Oliveria

"This is the third year that we participated in the Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day program, and every year sees more children and employee involvement! We highlight one of our products and walk the children through the business process, from Business Development to manufacturing to shipping and invoicing. Several employees are involved (parents wherever possible), explaining what they do for the product and what skills/education are required. The children have a great time seeing their parents/grandparents at work, learning about more than 15 professions, and seeing how everyone works together to make a product for the customer."

Media Coverage

Family Circle"Family Time," April 17, 2008

Working Mother"Mom-to-Mom Tips," April 1, 2008

Houston Family Magazine"Bring Your Kids to Work Day," April, 2008 (p. 10)

Greater Fort Wayne Family Online"Take Daughters, Sons to Work," March 26, 2008

 

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