APWA endorses Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2001

President Judith Mueller has announced that APWA will join with organizations across the country in participating in Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2001, an initiative to engage students in the world of work. On February 2, 2001, more than a million students across America will get an up-close look at how the skills they learn in school are put into action in the workplace. They will shadow a workplace mentor as he or she goes through a normal day on the job.

APWA members are encouraged to work with their employers and chapters in participating in this exciting event to reach out to the youth of America. Further, members are encouraged to personally get involved by becoming a mentor for a student on February 2nd. In an Open Letter to APWA members (see below), President Mueller has asked all APWA members to participate in the event.

APWA will be mailing information kits to chapter presidents in the near future. Please consider making the personal commitment to become involved, whether through your employer, the chapter, or individually. For more information, call 410-810-7910 or access www.jobshadow.org.

An Open Letter to members of the American Public Works Association

October 26, 2000
Subject: Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2001

Fellow Public Works Professionals:

On February 2, 2001, a coalition of corporations, professional associations, and government agencies will hold National Groundhog Job Shadow Day 2001. Thanks to combined efforts of the sponsors and endorsing organizations, the national program provided job shadowing to more than 1,000,000 students in 2000.

With the fourth National Groundhog Job Shadow Day on the horizon, I am asking all APWA members to participate in this worthwhile activity. This year the national goal is to reach a half million students across the nation. Each public agency member, corporate member and all of the 67 local chapters of APWA are encouraged to participate. I have no doubt that APWA members will make the personal commitment to making this event a success in their communities.

A single day event like Groundhog Job Shadow Day can make a huge difference in the lives of our young people-especially if we all get involved. It provides us with the opportunity for outreach, to emphasize public works as a career and to highlight the skills needed for the students to successfully pursue their goals. Participation in this event will take only a few hours, but the lessons learned by the students, their hosts and the Association will last a lifetime.

Thank you for your support of the upcoming Groundhog Job Shadow Day program.


Judith Mueller
American Public Works Association