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The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day THEME for 2016

It is with Pride and Optimism that we look forward to moving Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® into a new era, working with youth all yearlong through an engaging, new web presence and the integration of STEM education. We have been busy developing new partnerships in order to bring new and exciting additions to the annual program. We look forward to working together this 23rd year with over 40 million youth and adult participants, in over 3 million workplaces in the U.S. alone and over 200 countries abroad.

The theme for 2016 is “Sparking Aha! Moments”. Be sure to add your name to our email list to keep up on all of the latest information.

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day 2016 Theme

a·ha mo·ment

noun; a moment of sudden insight or discovery.

“it was one of those aha moments, when you know you have to risk it all”

Sparking Aha! Moments represents the greatness of imagination and new ideas. We want to inspire our youth to look to tomorrow with excitement and vigor. We can all do this by sharing those moments of discovery that lead us to choose specific careers, motivated us to make positive life changes and moved us to be leaders in our communities. This will encourage our youth to dream big and work hard.

We want to thank those supporters who volunteer their time to lead committees, plan and implement the Day and work with young people, their parents and guardians as well as their educators to provide this time-honored tradition. And, if this is your first time participating, we welcome you in joining us as we celebrate the Day on Thursday, April 28, 2016.

The 2016 twenty-third year anniversary:

  • Celebrates Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day program’s unique contributions to youth and the American workforce for two decades
  • Suggests working together encouraging youth to create new pathways towards opportunity and success through participation in Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work
  • Provides an opportunity not only to reflect on such a landmark achievement, but also to use that reflection as a stepping stone to continue this important work of education and empowering the youth of America
  • Invites workplaces to share their experiences, both in the importance of education and what it takes to empower others to reach their potential
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“Possibilities” by Teresa Jennings (ASCAP) © 1996 Plank Road Publishing, Inc. • All Rights Reserved • Used by permission •

Part-Time Social Media Intern – November 2015 to June 2016

Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit established to raise public awareness of children’s issues and provide adults with proactive strategies to help girls and boys remain resilient, especially in the world of work. The foundation began in 1992 and over the past 23 years, program participation has increased from five million girls in 14 countries to 39 million youth and adults in 3 million workplaces in the U.S. and abroad. Each year, we provide engaging, work-based learning activities for youth and our website,, features downloadable guides and toolkits for workplace coordinators, educators and parents. Our program is socio-economically, racially and ethnically inclusive. It has always been intended as a springboard for creating a dialog in communities and workplaces that will redefine the value systems which now govern home and work life.

We are looking for an open-minded and proactive intern to help increase our web presence though our website,, as well as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Interested applicants must have knowledge of nonprofits and be able to dedicate a minimum of 10 hours per week to research and maintaining social networks. 

Applicants should be willing to go the extra mile and able to perform tasks at very short notice. We want individuals with a burning desire to make things happen. A no quit attitude is preferred. If you’ve read this and believe you have what it takes then send us a shout as we will be conducting interviews with the most qualified applicants over the next few weeks. This is a virtual job. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Creating Content for Social Media Networks—related to events and campaigns
  • Researching Social Media Trends
  • Building Relationships through Social Media—with non profit organizations, community development groups, educators, and students
  • Blog Writing: (See descriptions below)

  • Locate (articles, images, research studies, etc.) relating to work-based learning for youth that would make for good website content


  • Maintain the account (have a continuous flow of relevant tweets)
  • Help build and maintain a consistent brand message
  • Build our community while reaching out youth and adult participants
  • Connect with potential followers


  • Share the posts from the blog
  • Promote events and ideas
  • Build creative plan for growth

Instagram, Pinterest & YouTube

  • Create an Instagram and Pinterest page with positive images of youth at work, short video interviews, and other messages related to TODASTW Foundation. Update YouTube with relevant video messages weekly.

Minimum Qualifications

Strong Work Ethic, Positive Attitude, Proficient in Microsoft Word/Excel, Highly Organized & Task Oriented, Attention to Detail, Excellent Critical Thinking Skills + Excellent Administrative Writing Skills, Professional Demeanor & FUN! (Our team likes to have a good time!)

Skills and attributes interns are expected to have:

Excellent written and verbal communication, strong editing skills

Be creative with an eye for design

Ability to develop a detailed and professional marketing plan

Knowledge of digital media software – Photoshop or other graphic design software, etc. is preferred

Knowledge of social media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, blogs, etc.

Willingness to create video blogs, write press releases, and Facebook posts daily

Energy, with a desire to come up with fresh ideas on how to grow our online presence

Ability to identify a target market and “speak” to that consumer through social media

Experience proofreading and editing

Ability to deal with uncertainty, Ability to contribute individually, and participate in cross-functional teams

Required education:

  • High school or equivalent. All majors accepted.


  • Determined by student’s availability. Intern will receive volunteer credit hours for all work.


Our intern will have the opportunity to work closely with the Executive Director to develop social media strategies for the 2016 Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day on April 28th, 2016. Additionally, the intern will gain exposure in the field of nonprofit marketing and networking.

What stands out to employers are those students who ALSO have work experiences by the time they graduate. This automatically makes them more marketable; as they may require less training and are assumed to be able to handle more responsibilities. In addition to the specialized skills of your field, transferable skills are generally required at any job, e.g. communication/interpersonal skills, computer proficiency, and team work.

It is projected that one year without a job before the age of 23 can have a drastic impact on the future of young people1. For example: two males with the same level of education, similar residence and family background can have significant difference in employment outcome. If one spends a year unemployed before the age of 23, in 10 years, he can expect to earn 23 percent less than the other. For females, the gap 10 years out is 16 percent1.

We want our intern to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful during and after college so that he or she may become an active leader in their field and in their community.

1Youth Hold the Key, Collaborating to accelerate social impact by The Bridgespan Group, Bain & Company & The Rockefeller Foundation May 2015 report []

USDA Sponsors TODASTW Event with DC Public School

Yesterday, Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Foundation received this Ustream link from the Tech Coordinator at Eliot Hine Middle School in Washington D.C. His students participate in the Capitol’s first and only middle school media broadcasting program. The USDA invited them to do TODASTW Day coverage in their building. This teacher and his students were featured on the Queen Latifah Show, they’ve interviewed prominent figures on Capitol Hill, and have covered major events in D.C. Their ultimate goal is to interview the President. Let’s help them get a little closer to their goal!

Message From Our Executive Director

2015 was a spectacular year, but we expect 2016 will be even better!

Carolyn McKecuenGreetings!

The Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation is delighted to bring you another opportunity to create an enriching educational experience for our nation’s daughters and sons. For over 23 years, individuals, families, organizations, and workplaces have joined in the Day to expand opportunities and transform the lives of millions of girls and boys both nationally and internationally.

Designed to be more than a career day, the Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work program goes beyond the average “shadow” 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, and 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. Each year, we develop new interactive activities and partnerships that will assist us in taking girls and boys to the future they dream of.

By bringing girls and boys together, we will continue to create a more equitable world—at home, at school, in the workplace, and in the community. This year we are celebrating the opportunities that girls and boys will discover and the opportunities for parents, mentors, and the community to continue involvement in this unique educational experience.

I look forward to the 2016 Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day program and celebrating our 24th anniversary!

Warm regards,

Carolyn McKecuen (click to view Carolyn’s biography)
Executive Director
Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Foundation

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