Philadelphia has long been a city that embraces “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” This year marks the 14th year the city has participated in the national program. Unlike many cities, Philadelphia participates in grand style. Mayor Jim Kenney and City Representative Sheila Hess hosted 300 children at City Hall to sign a proclamation declaring April 28, “Take Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, ” take questions and to promote mentoring in the workplace. We also love this day at PHL17, and we thought it would be cool to send a kid reporter to the event. Since the nephew of one of our producers has some experience in this area, we gave Jr Reporter Nick Vitale the assignment. The Mayor not only approved, but was kind enough to participate with granting Nick an interview. The theme for this year’s day is #Sparking Aha Moments,” and this day was that moment for so many kids. Especially our kid reporter, Nick.
After the proclamation the kids in attendance, including foster-care youth from Tabor Northern Community Partners in Northwest Philadelphia and Bethanna South Philadelphia were able to shadow city government workers from all departments and of course get some photos.
Since 1993, employers from the government and private sector have opened their doors and given young people, ages 8 to 18, introduction into the work world through this highly regarded mentoring initiative. Nearly 40 million youth and adults are expected to participate at millions of workplaces across the country.
PS. Thanks for the tweet, Mr. Mayor!