Take Our Kids to Work day returns to York University Nov. 7

Take your kids to work Poster

Take our kids to work day posterYork University is participating in the annual Take Our Kids to Work program, a day when Grade 9 students accompany a parent, guardian, relative or neighbour to work to observe the daily activities of the employee at work. This year’s program will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Eligibility and Registration
The Take Our Kids to Work program at York University is only open to University staff and faculty members.  York University encourages Grade 9 students to become familiar with their parents’ work environment (office, lab, etc.) and to also consider York for post-secondary studies.

York University students who wish to bring their own Grade 9 student to campus must make prior arrangements with a York staff or faculty member to have the Grade 9 student accompany and observe the employee in a work environment.
Faculty and staff who would like to bring a Grade 9 student to work must complete, sign and return the Permission and Release, Waiver & Indemnification Forms by Oct. 31 to Risk Management Services, Finance Department. Completed forms can be submitted by inter-campus mail, by fax 416-736-5815 or by e-mail to pottles@yorku.ca.

Security, Health & Safety
There are some areas of the campus such as workshops and science labs where operational risk factors may make it challenging to accommodate a Grade 9 student.  If you work in this type of environment, organizers will try to find an alternate supervised university work site. To arrange an alternate work site, contact Marian Hissa, Department of Human Resources, Kinsmen Building, Keele campus, at ext. 22246 or at hissam@yorku.ca.

All employees bringing children to participate in the Take Our Kids to Work program are reminded that the safety rules of the workplace apply to the students and, accordingly, each child should be instructed and supervised by the respective parent or sponsoring employee.

Additional activities planned for Nov. 7
To enhance the day’s experience, York has organized the following additional activities for the students. If you would like the student to participate in any of these activities, you can register by completing the Registration Form and by sending it to Marian Hissa, Department of Human Resources, Kinsmen Building – either by inter-campus mail, by fax 416.736.5703, or by e-mail to hissam@yorku.ca.

  • 10:15 am to noon – Admissions, Orientation and Campus Tour, Senate Chamber, Room N940, North Ross Building

The orientation and campus tour is open to first 75 students registered. The session will start at 10:30 am sharp – come a bit early but please don’t be late. Representatives from the Admissions Office will discuss the nature of work done in the admissions area and will briefly talk about university studies and the programs offered at York. A tour of the Keele campus will then be conducted at 11am.  Students will have the opportunity to visit different buildings on campus and to observe activities that take place in each building. The tour’s final destination is lunch in the Atkinson cafeteria. Parents (sponsoring employees) are expected to drop off students at the Senate Chamber  for this one hour and 45 minute supervised activity and then join the Grade 9 students for lunch at noon in the Atkinson cafeteria (Michelangelo’s), 024 Atkinson.

  • Noon – 1 pm: Lunch at Atkinson cafeteria, 024 Atkinson

The Office of the Vice-President Finance & Administration is sponsoring a free lunch of pizza, salad and soft drinks.  Monitors supervise the students during the lunch period, however, parents (sponsoring employees) are expected to join and remain with the students for lunch. The pizza lunch is open to the first 150 registrants.

Important to note
If students are participating in the above activities, parents (sponsoring employees) are responsible for coordinating drop-off and pick-up from the activities – i.e. students are not to tour or roam between activities without adult supervision.

  • Students will not be permitted to leave the lunch area without a parent or designate.
  • These activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis to all employee groups and the students being sponsored.

The Take Our Kids to Work program was implemented by The Learning Partnership in 1994. Its mission is to continue to nurture the partnership among schools, businesses and communities devoted to strengthening our publicly funded school systems; to encourage caring adults to share their ideas, talents and resources with students; and to create learning opportunities that young people will find challenging and exciting.