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A workable plan for "Take Your Daughters to Work" day.

Interactive, hands-on activities. Limited time frame. Pizza lunch in the boardroom. These were the key components of a workable game plan for observing "Take Your Daughters to Work" day, offered last year by the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

APA's experience in 1997 sheds light on how other associations interested in participating in "Take Your Daughters to Work" day can get involved in 1998. The event is sponsored annually on the fourth Thursday in April by the MS Foundation for Women, New York City. Last year, APA limited the day's activities to the morning, with participating departments sponsoring programs lasting 50 minutes each.

* Publications offered "make your own book" activities as well as editing exercises.

* Children in the public policy office found their congressional representatives on the Internet and then wrote them a letter.

* Office services and the print shop had children "print" their own money, buy supplies, and plan a birthday party.

* Human resources helped children "interview" for a job, get paid, and then experience haying someone take money back for taxes.

"It's definitely a plan other associations could copy," says Leslie A. Cameron, urban initiatives officer in APA's public interest directorate. "The first time I approached staff members about coming up with activities, their eyes would glaze over and they looked panicked. But when they started generating ideas, they became very enthusiastic. The level of creativity was very high."

Cameron shares some lessons learned from last year's experience. Limit the program to children who are at least five years old. Require parents to accompany children throughout the morning's activities and to take children back to school or day care after lunch to avoid disruption of afternoon office work.

APA will adhere to the same overall plan in 1998. Some departments plan to offer new activities. Human resources, for example, plans a career day for teens.

The MS Foundation for Women offers a free how-to sheet; call (800) 6767780; the sheet is also posted on the foundation's Web site: www.ms.foundation.org. APA's Cameron can be reached at lac.apa @email.apa.org.
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