Communications Exploring

Young people today are the communication leaders of tomorrow. Communication Explorer Posts teach America's youth about the world of communication and potential communication careers. Through hands-on learning experiences, Explorer posts are inspiring our future reporters, producers, directors, and many others.

Communications Exploring is designed to meet the needs of youth interested in communications, colleges and universities that offer above average communications curricula, and companies that employ communications graduates.

Help us mold the bright future of communications. For information about starting an Explorer post, or the location of your nearest post, please contact the Learning for Life office in your area.

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What Is Exploring?

Exploring is Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) or 15 to 20 years old. Adults are selected by the participating organization for involvement in the program. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, or citizenship is not criteria for participation.

Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

"Exploring gave me the chance to get a firsthand look at my area of interest at an early age. In my case, I fell in love with broadcasting and decided to follow that path for my career as an adult. With so many options—both good and bad—for young people in today's world, I feel the Exploring program is needed now more than ever."
—Anne Jansen, news anchor
KTHV-TV, Little Rock, Arkansas
"The Advisors/mentors benefit from having a sense of doing good for the community. Giving someone the opportunity to do good is a real gift. There is no better feeling than to do something for a young person; it's better than winning the lottery. The (Exploring) program is also good for kids; something magical happens when a young person has a goal in life. They become more focused in their schoolwork and become more productive citizens in their communities."
—David J. Lipson, president and publisher
Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
"For more than 30 years, Capitol Broadcasting Company has provided an opportunity for young people to be a part of the communication industry. Many Post 5 participants have become successful employees of our company and many other broadcast companies. Post 50 has recently been formed with the Durham Bulls, and they are provided a live, closed-circuit broadcast, as well as a live broadcast, which provides training for post members. We are proud of our tradition of training young people for future leadership."
—Jim Goodmon, president and CEO
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina
"12WKRC has always been a great supporter of the Explorers; it's a wonderful program that offers so much to today's youth and provides a great way to educate young people about career opportunities within the communications industry."
—Christopher Sehring, vice president and general manager
WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio
"Experts say very often that a young person's perspective on their own opportunities in life is bounded by what they see of the people living in the four square blocks around their home. The Exploring program provides an invaluable opportunity for young people to access professionals and work environments otherwise outside that realm. The gift is that it teaches them what is possible, and what it takes to build their dreams. When we help awaken the intellect and imagination of individuals, we help them build a positive future for themselves, and ultimately a better community for all of us."
—Dayna Eubanks, anchor and reporter
WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio
"Being the Advisor of our Exploring post has been hugely rewarding. To see the look on young people's faces when they fully understand an aspect of our business is unbelievable. It has soaked in, resulting in them wanting to learn more and more."
—Jesse Dunbar, graphic designer
WKRC-TV, Cincinnati, Ohio

Everyone Wins With Exploring

Exploring will be one of the best opportunities you offer your company, your employees, and the youth of your community.

Company Benefits

Employee Benefits

Youth Benefits

The Communications Exploring program is nationally supported by businesses and organizations, including ...

Exploring's Five Areas of Emphasis

Career Opportunities


Leadership Experience

Life Skills

Character Education


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