Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of the Learning for Life career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old.
Develop potential contacts that may broaden employment options
Boost self-confidence and experience success at school and work
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, service learning, character education, and leadership experience.
Develop physical and mental fitness
Experience positive social interaction
Encourage the skill and desire to help others
Gain a keen respect for the basic rights of others
Help make ethical choices
Fulfill one's responsibilities to society as a whole
Acquire leadership skills necessary to fulfill one's responsibilities in society
Develop a variety of leadership traits
Young adults involved in Exploring:
- Gain practical knowledge of and experience in a career
- Engage in a program of activities centered on career opportunities,
life skills, service learning, character development, and leadership
experience to encourage the development of the whole person
- Experience positive leadership from adult and youth leaders and be
given opportunities to take on leadership roles
- Have a chance to learn and grow in a supportive, caring, and enjoyable
Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career skills, including
Fire Service Business Skilled TradesEngineering Science
Aviation Law Enforcement Health Communications