2018 Message

2018 was a phenomenal year and we expect 2019 to be even better!

Carolyn McKecuenGreetings!

Thank you for joining us in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the national and international Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day. This year’s theme was dedicated to helping our youth understand the FORCE of their service: on their families, on their communities, on the world.

Whether it is called giving back, paying it forward or being agents of positive change the power to make a difference is unmistakable. With that in mind, please be sure to acknowledge the many volunteers who diligently worked to ensure a great event for the youth in your community. Plans for the 2019 Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day are already underway and we look forward to posting our new theme in the upcoming months. Again, thank you for all that you did to make this year’s “Day” a great success!

Warm regards,

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

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By | 2018-05-01T17:12:47+00:00 May 1st, 2015|Executive Director Messages|3 Comments

About the Author:

Carolyn McKecuen has been the Chief Executive Officer of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® (TODASTW) Foundation since 2007. She played an integral role as a consultant in the Take Our Daughters To Work Day’s creation in 1992. Carolyn uses her expertise, leadership, and collaboration in business development and communications to advocate for changes in social policy and public awareness on behalf of youth. On April 24, 2014, during the 22nd annual TODASTW Day, 39 million participants at over 3 million workplaces took part in the time-honored tradition of taking their child, a neighbor's child, or relative's child to the workplace.

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  1. karen lukacovic April 12, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

    This is a great day and extremely valuable for students BUT the timing is ridiculous. Make this during the Easter break or the last week in June but to have this in April in the middle of testing is ridiculous and disruptive to the school environment. This is supposed to help kids to hinder their education.

    • Carolyn McKecuen April 12, 2016 at 11:43 am - Reply

      Thank you for your email. The TODASTW Foundation strongly believes that this national day should include participation from parents, schools, mentors, workplaces and children. We believe TODASTW Day to be an extension of the school day for young people and an extension of the work day for workplaces. We strongly disagree with associating TODASTW Day with off-days or summer vacations. Our goal is to work with school systems to find a date that works best for students during the school year. This is a great task that requires coordination from all parties involved.

      Please keep this in mind:
      • Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day is organized during the school year so girls and boys can take what they learn in various workplaces on Thursday and apply it to the classroom on Friday.

      • By involving whole communities—schools, girls, boys, parents, workplaces and mentors—the program helps young people make connections between what they learn in school and their future work goals.

      • In fact, many girls and boys participated in Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work® Day through their schools, especially in low-income communities. Teachers helped workplaces “adopt” whole classrooms for the Day, allowing children to walk through doors they otherwise would not have had the chance to enter.

      • By sticking to a national date (the fourth Thursday in April), communities and schools can plan ahead and work together to create a dynamic interaction between the workplace and the classroom. By participating on the official date of the program, a young person recognizes that s/he is one of millions helping to shape the future. Many school districts across the country plan teacher in-service days, schedule half-days or allow students excused absences so that they may participate. Please coordinate with your school district so the day is a win-win for your schools, workplaces and families. The whole community will benefit!

      Thank you,

      Carolyn McKecuen
      Executive Director

  2. jeannette lynes May 5, 2017 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I work for the STATE OF CT> I am now retiring, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW, IF A PERSON RETIRES CAN THESE PEOPLE BRING THEIR GRANDDAUGHTERS TO THIS FUNCTION WHERE THEY RE NOW RETIRING FROM?

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