Purpose: Treasuring Christ Church is offering the Career Discovery Program for rising 8th - 12th graders in Southeast Raleigh and surrounding areas. The purpose of the program is to expose students to various career possibilities, to teach students about life issues from the Bible’s perspective, and to assist students with goal setting and accountability.
All teaching will stem from the truths that all human beings have been created in the image of God thereby giving them value and that human beings are created to live in communion with God, to find their joy in God, and to live out the responsibility God has given to all mankind.
Format: We will meet once a month in a classroom setting for 2-4 hours (depending on whether a field trip is involved). We normally meet one other time during the month for a bonding activity (see below). Dinners (or lunches) are normally provided at all events. The program will run from September - June, and participants are expected to complete the program.
Class Size: The program is limited to 12 students, and the application process includes the following: completion of application, $5 application fee, and a telephone interview.
Field Trips: In the past, we have explored careers in banking at North State Bank, in real estate through Wardsworth Group and Lovette Properties, in videography through smallHD, in technology through Cisco, and in financial planning through Ameriprise Financial. In recent years, we have encouraged the students to take part in summer camps that focus on various fields of study that interest them. For instance, students have participated in various camps at NC State: Livestock Camp, Design Camp, and Music Technology Camp. Students have also enrolled in camps through Raleigh Parks & Recreation, EI School of Biblical Training, and Wake Tech.
"CDP changed my life. I feel more confident in myself, and I've learned so much about life. And I have a bigger family now." -Omar Hannibal
Classroom Activities: We have spent time in the classroom learning about the theology of work, learning how to identify roadblocks and overcome them, writing an effective resume, filling out applications, researching different summer camp opportunities, and participating in mock interviews.
Bonding Activities: We meet one other time during the month to have fun together as a group. In past years we have served together on MLK Day of Service, enjoyed game nights, entertained one another in a lip-syncing contest, worked on a Habitat for Humanity house, attended a Youth Forum, went bowling, enjoyed a weekend at Smith Mountain Lake, completed a Downtown Raleigh Scavenger Hunt, dressed up and attended a fashion show at NC State, participated in a sip and paint, went to different people’s homes in Fuquay Varina for a progressive dinner, made s’mores and carved pumpkins on a fall night, and of course had our fair share of Christmas parties.
The program will run from September – June, and participants are expected to complete the program.