What is Exploring?

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Exploring is Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) or 15 to 21 years old.  Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences to 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.

Adults are selected by the participating organization for involvement in the program. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, and citizenship are not criteria for participation.

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Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate an 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.

Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career skills. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

Career Opportunities

* Develop potential contacts that may broaden employment options
* Boost self-confidence and experience success at school and work

Life Skills

* Build 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

Character Education

* Help make ethical choices
* Fulfill one’s responsibility to society as a whole

Leadership Experience

* Acquire leadership skills to fulfill one’s responsibilities in society