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November 06, 2013 10:00 ET

250,000 Grade 9 Students Explore the World of Work

Today Is Take Our Kids to Work Day

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - November 06, 2013) -  Today thousands of Grade 9 students take their first steps towards future careers. The Learning Partnership's 19th annual Take Our Kids to Work day once again involves more than 250,000 Grade 9 students and 75,000 organizations from Newfoundland to Nunavut. 

"Scotiabank is proud to partner with The Learning Partnership on Take Our Kids to Work for the 19th year in a row," said Sean McGuckin, Scotiabank's Chief Financial Officer, who helped celebrate the day by opening today's market. "For businesses to be successful, we need highly skilled and educated talent. This program is a rare opportunity for students to experience the working world and see how they can use their skills in future careers."

On the first Wednesday of every November, Grade 9 students spend the day job shadowing and exploring various career options in the workplace of a parent, relative or volunteer. The program allows students to gain exposure to the skills required in today's workplace as well as an understanding about the importance of staying in school and pursuing post-secondary studies.

At the end of the day, they will be asked to complete an online survey as part of The Learning Partnership's 'It's My Future' initiative. It's My Future is seeking the opinions of secondary school students across the country on their educational experience, specifically, what is working well with their education, how things can be improved and whether they feel they're being adequately prepared for tomorrow's economy.

"A program like Take Our Kids to Work that gets young people into the workforce is the first step in building a bridge and creating some exposure for a young person into the world of work," says Akela Peoples, President & CEO of The Learning Partnership. "This connection is important because we're not currently doing enough to equip students with the kinds of experiences and information that they need to adequately make decisions and explore options. Career awareness begins with self-awareness and Take Our Kids to Work day begins both processes for many young people. It is our hope that the conversation that follows with students -- either in class or around the kitchen table -- will result in much discussion about the possibilities for the future!"

Starting November 6, all high school and early post-secondary students can participate in the national 'It's My Future' survey online until April 2014. To participate, students can visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/ItsMyFuture.

Launched in 1994 by The Learning Partnership as a one-day strategy for engaging Grade 9 students in Greater Toronto Area (GTA) schools, Take Our Kids to Work has evolved into a multi-faceted experiential learning program that reaches across Canada. Scotiabank has supported the program from the very beginning.

About The Learning Partnership
Celebrating 20 years in 2013, The Learning Partnership is a national charitable organization dedicated to bringing together business, education, government, labour and the broader community to collaborate in supporting, promoting and advancing public education in Canada. Since 1993, more than 5.3 million students and teachers have participated in one or more of The Learning Partnership's programs. For information on The Learning Partnership, log onto www.thelearningpartnership.ca.

About Scotiabank
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.

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