About the Program-Take Our Kids To Work - Carnegie Mellon University

About the Program

Take Our Daughters to Work started in 1993 in response to disturbing research on adolescent girls' loss of self confidence. In the ten years following, technology and workplace productivity demands have changed the work life for men and women. After 10 successful years of a Take Our Daughters to Work program, Ms Foundation expanded it to include boys in 2003. It became Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work®. The program evolved in 2003 to focus on equitably integrating work with family responsibilities and personal goals.

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 allowing them to begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.

Because the Carnegie Mellon community is loaded with great role models involved in wonderfully diverse areas (often non traditional), we have developed a strong program here, organized by staff and faculty volunteers, with crucial support from the President's office.

Since 1998, we have hosted over 100 girls each year. In 2001, 93 boys were involved. Over fifteen years later, the Carnegie Mellon Take Our Daughters & Sons program averages over 200 participants each year.  In the morning, the participants 'shadow' their campus host or attend initiatives such as a student panel or fitness workshop. Participants are able to participate in a luncheon which includes a welcome from the campus community and entertainment. In the afternoon we offer a variety of short presentations to smaller groups of participants. These presentations are in all areas - fine arts, business, science and technology each featuring inclusively engaged activities facilitated by faculty, staff and students. 

Carnegie Mellon is proud to participate in the Ms. Foundation for Women's Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work® Day!

The theme for 2017 is “Count on Me!”

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