Volume LXX www.learningforlife.org March 2009
Sewell Appointed Chairperson of National
Business Careers Exploring Committee
SHARON D. SEWELL comprehensive communication strategies and effective
VP, Workforce Development Services
capacity-building initiatives. Sewell also oversaw
Wadley-Donovan Group Company education and training programs that involved
Springfield, New Jersey conducting needs assessments; developing plans,
procedures and presentations; and program evaluation.
Sharon Sewell was recently appointed chairperson of Prior to her tenure with NAWB, Sewell served as a
the National Business Careers Exploring Committee. consultant to Building Managers and Owners Institute
Sewell is the Vice-President of Workforce Development (BOMI) researching international business expansion;
Services for Wadley-Donovan GrowthTech, LLC, a the coalition coordinator for the New York City
Wadley-Donovan Group (WDG) company offering Employment and Training Coalition; New York’s
economic development, workforce development, and Consortium for Worker Education to establish a
related consulting services. Technical Skills Training Center; and at NYATEP Inc,
where she managed the development
At WDG, Sewell brings her comprehensive senior
management experience and skills in strategic and delivery of technical assistance and training to state
planning, business development, program development and local workforce organizations.
and implementation to focus on the development of
workforce-development services and initiatives. Sewell is a graduate of State University of New York,
where she earned a B.A. in English, and of the
Before joining WDG, Sewell was the Interim Executive University of Maryland, where she earned her MBA in
Director of the National Association of Workforce International Business. She also holds a certificate in
Boards (NAWB), where she was responsible for International Business Studies from the University of
strategic planning, business development, membership Antwerp in Belgium.
development, administering and directing programs and
projects, monitoring policy and strengthening advocacy As chairperson of the National Business Careers
efforts, and advising the Board of Directors, among Exploring Committee, Sewell will oversee national-level
other functions. strategic planning for all aspects of the Business
Careers Exploring Program.
As NAWB’s Senior Director of Marketing, she directed
the organization’s overall marketing, communications,
and membership programs, and conducted research for
product development and policy analysis;
2009 Health/Science Career Conference and download the application at:
National Institutes of Health www.learningforlife.org/exploring/lawenforcement. For more
Bethesda, Maryland, July 22—25, 2009 information, contact Bill Taylor, Director Law Enforcement
Exploring at 972-580-2241 or email@example.com .
This year, the National Health Careers Exploring Committee
and the National Science Careers Exploring Committee join
forces to conduct a National Health/Science Conference at the
National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland (a suburb of 2009 National Mock Trial Conference
Washington, D.C.), July 22—25. All Exploring posts are invited
to attend the event regardless of their career focus.
2009 National Mock Trial
Conference attendees will participate in Competition
interactive, hands-on seminars, tour July 22nd –26th, 2009
medical/science research labs, and talk with
world-renowned scientists and doctors. In
addition, participants can sign-up to tour Washington, DC
Washington, D.C., and all of its historic
monuments. Promotional information and
registration material for the conference will be
mailed to all councils and all health/science posts in January. American University in Washington, DC will serve as host of
The 2009 National Mock Trial Competition for Law Explorers on
For more information, please contact Peggy Chestnutt, Director, July 22nd—26th.
Workforce Development at 972-580-2428 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. The participation fee is $375. This will cover housing and most
meals for the 4 day stay. Dorm
rooms will serve as housing and the
2009 National Law Enforcement meals will be in the school cafeteria
or by special arrangements. Meals
Exploring Leadership Academies were great last year and should be even better in 2009.
All Explorer Posts and High School Mock Trial teams are invited
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
to enter this most exciting competition. Awards will be given for
June 27 — July 4: Washington, DC
4 team placements and for individual competition such as
The Drug Enforcement Administration prosecuting attorney, defense attorney, and for all witnesses.
July 4 — July 11: Washington, DC This year’s case will be emailed to you when your application
The U.S. Marshals Service has been processed with the deposit around March. Go to the
July 11 — July 18: Washington, DC Learning for Life website www.learningforlife.org/exploring to
The U.S. Army Military Police get more information on this year’s competition.
July 11 — July 18: Ft. Leonard Wood, MO The Mock Trial serves as a college experience and a chance to
Secret Service see the nation’s capital. Sight seeing tours will take place and
July 18—25: Washington, DC some will experience a Washington Nationals baseball game. It
The summer of 2009 offers a unique experience to selected is challenging, fun and a great opportunity to make new friends
Law Enforcement Explorers. The National Law Enforcement with other Explorers from other parts of the country. Get hands-
Exploring Leadership Academies are sponsored through the on insight into the world of Law and Government careers.
FBI, DEA, US Marshals, US Army Military Police, and Secret A more detailed and formal information packet will be mailed
Service. Each academy provides physical and mental training later. You may wish to reserve your place now by mailing your
focusing on the dynamics of leadership, motivation, and deposit of $375. Make your checks payable to the National
effective law enforcement practices. Mock Trial Competition, account #62057-1780, 1329 W. Walnut
Explorers who have been through an academy often call or Hill Ln., P.O. Box 152225, Irving, TX 75015-2225. For more
write to express their deepest thanks for this experience. With information, contact Cliff Takawana, email@example.com or
over 150 spots available, Explorers from your area have a great call 972-580-2437
chance of attending at a very minimal cost. View the Web site
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OFFICERS BOOK 'EM The cookbook is organized into traditional sections
Police cookbook raises money for which include appetizers, main dishes, salads,
Explorer Post 504 vegetables, desserts and cookies, with a final chapter of
DORENE WEINSTEIN • DWEINSTE@ARGUSLEADER.COM •
FEBRUARY 11, 2009 This & That featuring recipes for dip, pickles and even
play dough. Other recipes include grilled turkey
Foodies love to know what others tenderloins, raisin bran muffins and potato chip cookies.
Pictures of the Explorers participating in different
Sioux Falls police officer Bridget activities decorate the dividers, and the other side is
O'Toole is no different. She likes filled with helpful hints.
to collect recipes, and "I love to
cook," she says. Who are the Explorers?
Alicia Hibbison is a member of an
Explorer group focused on police officers
A cookbook gift at Christmas a in Sioux Falls. They recently have
published a cookbook called "Serving Up There are 22 young people in the police Explorer group,
few years ago got her thinking. a Warrant to Good Cooking."
says Sgt. David Osterquist with the Sioux Falls Police
Her cousin gave family Department and one of the advisers of the police
members a copy of a cookbook her company had put Explorers. The Explorers get to ride along with officers
together. and dress similarly.
O'Toole translated that idea into a money-making task The program teaches kids what to expect with this type
for the Sioux Falls Police Department Explorer Post of career, says O'Toole, who was an Explorer as a
504, and "Serving Up a Warrant to Good Cooking" was freshman in high school before joining the police
born. department. She is not alone - five officers employed
by the Sioux Falls Police Department are former
Exploring is a career exploration program that offers Explorers, Osterquist says.
opportunities to young people between the ages of 14
and 21 to learn about a specific career. More Explorers follow other career personnel at the
zoo, a lawyer's office, the sheriff's department and an
The cookbook was an opportunity for officers and architecture firm in Sioux Falls.
Explorers to interact.
Hibbison, 20, is a psychology major at South Dakota
"I thought it was a good idea to have officers participate State University and plans to make law enforcement a
and raise money for the Explorers," O'Toole says. A career in Sioux Falls. "The Explorers have given me an
committee of volunteers sent out a request for recipes idea about what being a police officer would be like,"
from the police department, dispatchers and Explorers. she says.
"We gave them a month." The response was slow
initially. But, "once they knew what it was about, we got Watching officers in real-life situations helped her
about 200 recipes," O'Toole says. realize a police career will offer a good opportunity to
use her psychology training. Gaining experience with a
The whole process took about 6 months. professional helps teenagers decide where their
interests lie and whether they want to pursue a career
The money raised will be spent on equipment, uniforms in a particular area.
and walkie-talkie radios, says Alicia Hibbison, an
Explorer for seven years who helped with the cookbook.
2008 Mural Winners!
In 2007 the Learning for Life program decided to implement its 1st Drug Free mural contest. The students and
teachers enjoyed the contest so much; we decided to make it an annual event. The contest is held during the
National Red Ribbon week. During this week, students learn about the effects of drugs and drug prevention. The
Elementary Schools enrolled in the Learning for Life program were eligible to submit murals.
On Wednesday, November 12, 2008 our board members gathered for their annual lunch meeting and judged the
murals with great excitement. After an hour of viewing and scoring the murals, the ballots were collected and
On behalf of the Learning for Life program, we would like to congratulate the winners of our 2nd annual “Drug
Free Me” Mural contest. This year we had we had 26 murals submitted from Kindergarten through 5th grade
Winners will receive an ice cream party with a special surprise visitor and will get a classroom picture taken their
And the WINNERS ARE………….
Kindergarten - Ms. Denney's class, 1st grade – Ms. Nash’s class, Boyd 2nd Grade - Ms. Kimes’s class,
King Springs Elementary - Cobb Elementary – Atlanta Public Schools Riverside Intermediate - Cobb County
County Schools Schools
3rd grade – Ms. White class, 4th grade – Ms. Hoffman’s class,
Park Street Elementary - Marietta Park Street Elementary - Marietta
City Schools City Schools 5th grade - Ms. Worley’s class,
Park Street Elementary - Marietta
Sr. Learning For Life/Exploring Executive
Atlanta Area Council
1800 Circle 75 Parkway SE
Atlanta GA, 30339
Champions (Special Needs) -
Ms. Bell’s class, Bolton Academy
- Atlanta Public Schools