Light My Way ~ Career Day is a child-centered Career Day program. We address the needs and interests of individual elementary school children by helping them identify what they love to do and explore careers that reflect their passions.
Our program raises aspirations and expectations in a mutually reinforcing way. When kids dream bigger, they expect more from themselves. Giving children the power to envision their future shows them the relevance and purpose of school and motivates them to learn.
Re-engaging minds in a post pandemic world.
Light My Way ~ Career Day broadens the vistas of children living in underserved communities. Our program gives them access to adults in a wide variety of careers they may not have the opportunity to meet.
During the pandemic, the worlds these students inhabit have narrowed even further, and we will need to work harder to reconnect them.
Many of these children will have experienced loss and a deepened sense of instability. Our team members are skilled at knowing how to interview students who are experiencing trauma.
As before, we will succeed by piquing their curiosity and engaging them through the lens of their interests and strengths.
Help Us Light The Way.
The generous support of donors will help us continue our important work. Your contribution will go to the following endeavors:
Supporting our Invaluable Interviewers
The most essential component of our program is the sensitive, trusting relationship between our student and their interviewer.
In recognition of the critical role they play in our program and the financial challenges they’ve weathered during the pandemic, we provide Light My Way interviewers with pandemic stipends.
The preservation and support of our team is the #1 priority for our current fundraising effort and will ensure the continuation of our work.
Each student is paired with a trained mental health professional or educator. During a 30-minute interview, the interviewer unearths the child’s interests and connects them to the careers featured that year.
The team member is sensitive to the child’s pace, development, temperament, need for connection or distance, and adjusts the interview accordingly.
The Interviews and the Career Day experience together cost 140.00 dollars per child. We interview over 600 students each year.
Our translator is available to attend interviews for those children who have just entered the school from a foreign land. There are many such children from Yemen.
Each year, we assemble a book of photographs featuring a wide variety of adults working at their jobs. During their interview, children view this book and choose two professionals to meet on Career Day.
Materials, Props, and Transportation
The Career Day Presenters use supplies at their presentations that they give to the children to take home. For instance, the fine arts painter gives each student a set of watercolors and paper that they can take home and use. The orthopedist brings scrubs for their students, the florist brings flowers for the children to arrange, the drummer brings their drum set with special transportation, the paleontologist transports fossils to the school from the American Museum of Natural History, to name a few.
Our long-term goal is to replicate this program at other schools. Your support will enable us to develop strategies and plans to accomplish that goal.
Web design & maintenance
We are constructing a new website building upon this page that you see before you.
Light My Way Career Day is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Your donation is tax-exempt as allowed by law.
We are grateful for any donation you can make,
no matter the amount.