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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

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!

County of Sonoma, California – Resolution for Take Your Child to Work Day

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, the County of Sonoma held an event with 255 adults and 412 children (ages 5 – 18), representing 19 departments. The event held at the County Administration Building, had over 19 booths including activities such as the “Love Me. Fix Me.” van from the animal shelter, ambulance with two EMTs, fire engine, fire safety interactive trailer, “Sparky”, and many more.

Children also visited the Sheriff’s Open House that featured vehicles, and equipment, including a ‘bomb’ robot. Children and parents went on tours of the Energy and Sustainability “House of Pressure”, Legal Careers (by County Counsel), a Jail Tour, the Fleet Facility, and the Data Center.

The County also provided healthy snacks, juices, and commemorative gifts (lanyards w/name badges and reusable bags) for the children.

Olive Garden Coupon

logoThe Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation is partnering with Olive Garden so parents and their kids can make the most of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day together. Olive Garden invites parents to participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day on April 23 and come to Olive Garden for a free children’s menu item for every adult entrée purchased that day. The free children’s meal coupon is available at

Olive Garden and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation have partnered since 2012. Incredibly, over 37 million family members participated in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day in 2014 at more than 3.5 million workplaces. We hope this year even more parents and kids get the opportunity to spend this meaningful day together.

IN’BOX Meals

IN’BOX YOUR MEAL is a delivery service of fresh and gourmet lunch boxes, for both adults and kids. Founded by two busy and health-conscious New York City moms, Ingrid and Stephanie, IN’BOX helps parents to manage their meal schedule in a healthy, affordable, and fuss-free way. We cater to not only individuals and offices, but also schools, pre-schools, and camps so that children in care can enjoy well-balanced and tasty lunches. Why choose IN’BOX?


All-in-one and easy-to-go, our lunches are pre-portioned, each lunch box is composed of a main dish, a side and a dessert, and comes with a cutlery set and a mystery goodie every day.


Homemade and fresh, we cook our food every day with only natural ingredients.

We deliver directly from our kitchen to your door.

We have the flexibility to cater to different types of food restrictions or allergies, including, but not limited to, vegetarian and gluten-free. All of our meals are also nut and sesame-free.

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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