Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old.
Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.
Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate a specific Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.
Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.
Young adults involved in Exploring will
Gain practical knowledge of and experience in a career
Engage in a program of activities centered on career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character development, and leadership experience to encourage the development of the whole person
Have opportunities to take on leadership roles
Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and enjoyable environment
Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career skills, including the following:
An array of awards and scholarships are available for Explorers.
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According to a national study conducted by Louis Harris & Associates, the Exploring program contributes to the healthy development of today's young adults by providing them with the environment, resources, and relationships they need to learn and grow.