Tips for Participating in Take Our Daughters And Sons to Work Day� by latenightwaitress

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									Plan Your Participation in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day® Thursday, April 24, 2008
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. Here are some tips on how you can plan your participation in this year’s celebration of Take Our Daughters and ® Sons to Work Day . Create a planning committee: Involve different departments and employees at every level of your organization. At least two months before the Day, spread the word to let your colleagues know that your company will be participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work®. Extend an invitation to all employees, encouraging them to assist in planning and participating on April 24. Children can learn from every employee and department: Ask employees from every level and department within the organization to share their work experiences, and encourage girls and boys to ask questions. For example, ask the payroll department to demonstrate how employees get paid, explain why deductions are taken out, how time off is factored in, etc. Keep activities short: Interactive activities that are 45 to 55 minutes in length are best. You can download ® official Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work activities at www.daughtersandsonstowork.org, or call 1 (800) 676-7780 to learn how to obtain a copy. Activities are recommended for girls and boys ages 8-18: Younger children may have a shorter attention span during activities. Encourage your company to “adopt” a group of girls and boys on April 24: Contact a local school, public housing authority, shelter, Big Brother/Big Sister chapter, Girl/Boy Scout Troop, etc. about hosting a group of children at your workplace. Introduce children to technology: Show girls and boys how important technology is to your business by scheduling time for them to work on computers or other office equipment. For example, let them view your Web site and see how business is conducted through the site or have them participate in a conference call with another office that is participating in the program. Talk to school officials about Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work : Work with your child’s teachers to let them know that s/he will be spending the day doing educational activities. Create a participation form or checklist: Children can take this back to school to demonstrate their participation in the educational activities at your work place. This year’s theme is Making Choices for a Better World. You can help make our world better by participating in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day® and encouraging girls and boys to start thinking about their futures. Visit www.DaughtersandSonstoWork.org to download the complete Workplace Coordinator’s Toolkit for sample day plans, activities, gifts, and more. Online press kit: www.TOD.presskit247.com Media Contact: Michelle Tennant, 828-749-3200, michelle@publicityresults.com
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