When I was in high school I was a Boy Scout - yes, I am a girl. I was part of a co-ed program called the Explorers. Junior Year I was walking in the hallway in my HS and saw a paper flyer on the wall. I decided to check it out and spent the next 2 years going to Ketchum PR one night a week on Thursdays from 6-8 PM. Having this career experience so early gave me an edge. I learned about accounting, IT, marketing and PR and design. I received mentorship from experienced folks and from a Major in the US Army that was working at Ketchum on Special Assignment. Exposing youth to careers - showing them multiple pathways helps them imagine the possibilities, build their skills in focused ways and puts them on the path to success quicker. Additionally, they can "fail fast" and see if a career isn't for them! I ended up being offered a FT job at Ketchum when I was a freshman in college and worked while I went to school to help pay for my education.