Purpose: Treasuring Christ Church seeks to provide a Career Discovery Program for rising 8th – 12th graders in Southeast Raleigh and surrounding areas. The goal of this program is threefold: to assist the teens in assessing their talents and their interests, to provide financial lessons to assist with money management, and to provide exposure to different career paths and the training that is needed to walk down those paths.
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 for 2-4 hours (depending on whether a field trip is involved). We will alternate between classroom activities and field trips. Class times will be decided once school schedules and after-school activities have been assessed, but we normally meet on Friday or Saturday evenings. We normally do one-day long field trip during Wake County School System’s Spring Break.
"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
Field Trips: 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 addition, one of our students attended a week long residential camp at NC State to learn more about the field of animal science.
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, and filling out applications. We encourage all of our students to either volunteer during the summer or find a summer job if old enough.
In addition, we meet one other time during the month to have fun together as a group. We have served together on MLK Day of Service, enjoyed game nights, had 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, and decorated a Christmas tree together.
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.