ANN ARBOR – The opportunity for high school students to try before they buy into a career path doesn’t happen often enough, but community organizations are coming together to change that.
On September 28 from 6:30-8 p.m. young men and women ages 14-20 are invited to attend an open house hosted by the Ann Arbor Raptor Rescue and an Exploring program which is an offshoot of the Boy Scouts of America. The gathering will be held at the Pittsfield Township Administration building, 6201 W. Michigan Ave., in Saline.
Kelly Houle, STEM and Exploring Executive with the BSA’s Michigan Crossroads Council, said young people who are interested in pursuing careers in veterinary studies, wildlife rehabilitation, animal behavior, biology, environmental studies, or natural resources and conservation will have an opportunity to see what these vocations entail.
“We are hoping that the open house will spark some interest and encourage the participants to sign up to be members of an Explorer post sponsored by Ann Arbor Raptor Rescue,” Houle said. “These posts are designed to give our youth an opportunity to learn about careers they may be interested in. Having this knowledge enables them to be better informed about what they like and don’t like.”
Exploring is a unique career exploration program for young men and women which provides students with an opportunity to learn about a wide variety of career fields and network with professionals already working in those fields.
There are more than 150 Explorer posts throughout Michigan which focus on everything from law enforcement to health services to graphics arts.
The Ann Arbor Raptor Rescue is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the rescue of birds of prey with the end goal of returning them to the wild, said Kim Poisson, spokeswoman for the organization.
“We are excited to be partnering with Kelly and her team to provide programming that will increase awareness among young people of what it takes to rescue and rehabilitate injured birds of prey,” Poisson said.
For additional information about the open house contact Houle at Kelly.Houle@scouting.org or call her at (734) 904-3732. For additional information about the Exploring program click on: http://www.michiganscouting.org/program/exploring/