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May 6, 2011

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Volunteer for Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Volunteers in and outside the classroom are sought for Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day on Thursday, May 19.

The Center for Women, Office of University Partnerships, Department of Women's Studies, WorkLife Resource Center, President's Commission on the Status of Women, James Weldon Johnson Institute and Volunteer Emory have invited 40 to 60 students from nearby Sammye E. Coan Middle School to spend the day at Emory and learn more about college life and different careers.

This year the Emory organizers decided to open the program to young men as well as young women.

This ties in with the trend at the national organization, which has shifted in the last couple of years to include sons as well as daughters, says Sasha Smith, assistant director of the Center for Women.

Smith estimates about 40 volunteers will be needed.

These would include, she says, "ideally, college summer school students to escort the groups around, talk to them about what it's like to go to college and give them a tour."

"We will give tours and show the students a dorm room, cafeteria, bookstore and hopefully job sites and classes as well," Smith says.

Irma Norman from the Office of Admission will talk to the middle-schoolers about getting into college. Angie Duprey, assistant director of marketing in the Athletics Department, will talk to them about why they should come to college.

Smith said the center is also looking for professors willing to have the middle-schoolers in their classrooms for about half an hour during classes in the first summer session.

During the day, which will be from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the middle-schoolers will visit with Emory employees to experience being part of a workplace. A minimum of 16 to 32 volunteers are needed for departments to be job sites for the students.

There are two time slots allocated for the job/class visits: morning and afternoon.

"Most people are volunteering for the morning, so we really need some help getting job sites for the afternoon," Smith says.

To volunteer to help with the program, fill out this online form. CWE will contact volunteers with details.

To have a department as a job site, email the Center for Women.

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