Since 1992, millions of children have spent the day at their mother’s or father’s workplace to see what they do every day and to experience the responsibilities of a job and a career, but this year’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” on April 23rd will be a little different.
This special day was founded originally as Take Your Daughter to Work Day by Gloria Steinem of Ms. Foundation, and expanded formally in 2003 to include boys, and has now become an institution both here in the U.S. and in other countries.
But what happens to children who aren’t as fortunate to have moms or dads who are working or no parent at all? This year the White House is leading the charge on encouraging companies and other organizations to reach out to these children to include them in the day’s events, and is opening the White House gates in the D.C. community who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity.
“Every year, lots of kids are left out,” President Obama said in a web video, announcing the new twist to the long-held tradition of parents bringing their kids to work for a day. “Maybe they’re foster kids, or homeless, or struggling in school, or their parents don’t have jobs that allow them to bring their kids to work.”
“We’re asking employers across the country to reach out to young people in your community who don’t have a workplace to visit,” Obama said. “Invite them to spend the day with you. Show them what you do every day – and tell them that, with hard work and determination, they can do it too.” And companies throughout New Jersey and the tri-state area are doing just that, reaching out in non-traditional ways to include children who might not otherwise be involved.
This year’s theme established by the Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation emphasizes the importance of educating and empowering today’s youth and is using this visual message to make it memorable:
Parents or employers can learn more about relevant activities and ideas by visiting the Foundation’s website at www.daughtersandsonstowork.org
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