Exploring is Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are at least 14 and have completed the eighth grade and who are not yet 21 years old. Exploring has delivered real world career experiences to more than two million youth nation-wide since 1998. Annually, roughly 1000 Explorers receive real world career experiences in more than 30 Exploring Posts in Kansas City.
Learning for Life is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. The mission of Learning for Life is to develop and deliver engaging, research based academic, character, leadership, and career focused programs aligned to state and national standards that guide and enable all students to achieve their full potential. The vision of Exploring is to provide positive and meaningful real-world career experiences and leadership development opportunities for all teenagers and young adults in their chosen field of interest. The Learning for Life National Committee and Executive Team members and their contact information, the 2011-2015 Strategic Plan, and the 2011 Annual Report are at www.learningforlife.org/about-us and copies of the material will be provided by your Learning for Life Exploring professional on request.
Exploring is well developed program of career exploration that can be implemented by virtually any business to help meet the needs of youth, parents, and the community. Participating Organizations are encouraged to engage community schools because school counselors and teachers are in an excellent position to help direct youth to explore the most suitable careers according to their gifts, talents, interests, and skills. The primary goal of Exploring is to help youth make informed decisions about their future career path. Typically, youth who join an Explorer Post will: (1) get involved, learn about a career, and decide to pursue it; or (2) learn enough about the career to determine it is not the right fit for them. Our youth – suburban, urban, and rural – need an opportunity to learn what careers interest them before they decide what to do after high school. Career exploration offers them the opportunity they need to make informed choices about their future. Career exploration allows youth to meet and learn from community business leaders to discover what most interests and best suits them whether that is engineering, health care, law, carpentry, welding, or some other craft, trade, or profession.