Take Our Kids to Work Day permission forms are due Oct. 30

Take Our Kids To Work Day 2018

York University is participating in the annual Take Our Kids to Work Day program, a day when Grade 9 students accompany a parent, guardian or relative to work to observe the daily activities of the employee. The program was initiated by the Learning Partnership in 1994. This year’s program will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 6 in the Second Student Centre on York’s Keele Campus and in Room B108, York Hall on the Glendon Campus.

The Take Our Kids to Work Day program at York University is open to University staff and faculty members.

Why is it important to support the Take Our Kids to Work Day program?         

  • Take Our Kids to Work helps to bridge that gap with the common purpose of providing young people with the skills and abilities they’ll need in the future.
  • Take Our Kids to Work allows employers to explain to students the skills that are most important in the workplace – communication, team work, time management, self-regulation and more, so that they will be more prepared as incoming employees.
  • The program gives employers a chance to promote their industry and the professionals within it so that they can attract future specialists for their fields.

In addition to Grade 9 students shadowing their parent or guardian at work, the University is offering the following optional activities:

  • a Keele Campus tour starting at 9:30 a.m. that will begin and end at the Tait Gymnasium on the Keele Campus;
  • a Glendon Campus tour starting at 9:45 a.m. that will begin and end at York Hall on the Glendon Campus;
  • a complimentary lunch that will be served from noon to 1 p.m. in the Convention Centre in the Second Student Centre (Keele Campus);
  • a Discover Glendon presentation in Room A224, York Hall at the Glendon Campus, which will be followed by lunch in the Glendon Dining Hall; and
  • students on the Keele and Glendon campuses accompanying their parent or guardian to work starting at 1 p.m.

If participating in the information session and tour, parents and guardians are expected to drop students off at the Tait Gymnasium, Keele Campus between 8 and 8:30 a.m. and York Hall, Glendon Campus between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. Parents and guardians are expected to rejoin the students for lunch at noon and remain with them thereafter.


  • If students are participating in the above activities, parents and guardians are responsible for co-ordinating 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 guardian.

To register for the Take Our Kids to Work Day program and the optional information session, the following is required:

Health and 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 worksite. To arrange an alternate worksite, contact Farah Rafiq, Human Resources, at ext. 66220 or frafiq@yorku.ca.

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