Union Pacific hosts local students for unique take your kids to work day experience

March 31, 2017

Media representatives are invited to join Union Pacific and 60 local students for an innovative Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work experience at the headquarters of the nation’s largest railroad. During the event, 5 th and 6 th graders will participate in three energetic and vibrant working ‘modules’ developed with the AIM Institute that focus on coding, robotics and teamwork. The STEM-focused experience spans three days and will include a diverse group of students –from the Boys and Girls Club, local schools and children of Union Pacific employees – immersed in a creative learning environment at Union Pacific’s Jim Young Employee Development Center.

The event will be held in coordination with the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce’s CAREEROCKIT initiative. The community-wide initiative works to bring together students of all ages, educators and businesses to provide 10,000 career experiences for students to create pathways for future career achievement and excite children about opportunities right here in the Omaha-metro area.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Noon until 4:30 p.m.; modules begin at 1 p.m.
Union Pacific Center, 1400 Douglas St., Omaha, NE
Jim Young Employee Development Center

**All attendees, including media, must provide their photo ID to register with UP security. Please RSVP to Calli Hite via email at to facilitate more efficient admission.**

What students learn outside the classroom is often more impactful, giving them a glimpse into their future. Union Pacific is joining dozens of other Omaha-area businesses to host the first annual CAREERROCKIT, designed to bring awareness to career opportunities available to metro students.

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work started in 1993 and was originally focused on enhancing girls’ self-esteem and educating them about career opportunities. Over the course of its more than 20-year history, the program has evolved and is now an inclusive initiative for boys and girls. It goes beyond the average practice of “shadowing” an adult. Exposing girls and boys to what a parent or mentor in their lives does during the work day is important, but showing them the value of their education, helping them discover the power and possibilities associated with a balanced work and family life, providing them an opportunity to share how they envision the future, and allowing them to begin steps toward their end goals in a hands-on and interactive environment is key to their achieving success.