Posted at 4:39 PM
Today, millions of children across the country participated in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. As a part of this effort, and in the spirit of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, the Department of Commerce partnered with the YMCA’s Full Circle Brotherhood Program to welcome a group of middle school students to learn about a day in the life of the agency. The partnering organizations for this program are YMCA Youth & Family Services of Silver Spring, Latin American Youth Center, and Gandhi Brigade. Commerce Department employees teamed up with students to share about their careers and discuss with students what they might want to do when they grow up. The group also heard inspirational talks from William Ramos, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary, and Julie Wenah, Counselor and Policy Advisor in the Economic Development Administration.
The Commerce Department joined the White House, the Department of Justice, the Treasury Department and other agencies in providing programming opportunities for students who might not otherwise have a chance to participate in Taking Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.
“By the end of the day, kids have a better understanding of the responsibilities involved in a job and career,” said President Obama in a video message on Taking Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. “They might even have a new idea for what they want to be when they grow up.”
Taking Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is an important initiative because work-based learning experiences help young people to better understand the connection between what they learn in the classroom and future careers. In a national survey of youth who dropped out of high school, approximately four out of five respondents said that opportunities for real-world learning would have improved their chances of graduating. Each year, an estimated 3.5 million employers participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. If just a small portion of these employers open their doors to youth in their communities, that could generate hands-on, career exploration experiences for many young people throughout the country who would not otherwise have this opportunity.