Exploring exists to teach important life and career skills to young people from all backgrounds through immersive career experiences and mentorship provided by community and business leaders like you. Together, we equip young people with character, leadership and life skills that can be used both today and in their future careers.
Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Businesses and community organizations initiate a career-specific Exploring post or club by matching their people and organizational resources to the career interests of youth in the community. The result is a program of interactive activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.
We work with thousands of local, regional, and national businesses and organizations to deliver the Exploring programs representing hundreds of different career fields.
Exploring is about helping young adults make more informed decisions about future careers and determine if a particular career is the right one for them. Typically, a young adult will learn about a career and decide to pursue it or learn enough about the career to determine it is not the right fit for him or her. It’s better to learn as a young adult that a career is not for you than to spend lots of time and money on an education only to then discover you don’t like a career! In the Exploring program, it’s not about lectures and slide shows; it’s about gaining practical insight and hands-on knowledge in a career field.
Exploring provides opportunities in 12 career fields. Click one to learn more!
Interest in the concept of career orientation has skyrocketed in recent years, due in large part to the focus of the U.S, Department of Education. Across the nation, schools are conducting research into the career interests of middle-school students.
Our National Exploring Office responded by creating innovative coeducational Middle School Explorer Club programs for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
The clubs offer an array of options. One popular choice features presentations by professionals from across several career fields, including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Another choice is to focus on one particular field such as Law Enforcement or Fire and Emergency Services. All programs include hands-on activities and are sponsored by schools, service clubs, chambers of commerce, or PTAs. In addition, local Exploring posts can help provide mentoring opportunities for the youth in the clubs.