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‘Be Anything’ career fair aims to show kids job paths they may not see everyday

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PEORIA (WEEK) - The Peoria Playhouse Children's Museum has always set it's sights on making learning fun for kids. Now they're partnering with several prominent female leaders in the community to get kids to think about careers from an early age.

Peoria Mayor Rita Ali, ICC President Dr. Sheila Quirk-Bailey, District 150 Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat, and others announced the 'Be Anything' career fair for kids on Monday.

The career fair is Saturday October, 2 at the Noble Center from 1:00-4:00 PM. At least 25 careers will be represented with hands-on learning opportunities for kids to 'play' and learn at the same time.

"For women for people of color that may not have seen themselves in certain levels, certain positions. Or professionals, it's definitely important to develop that diverse workforce and have those role models in the occupations that are important to us," explained Mayor Ali.

The group of influential community leaders points to exposure as a key element for kids to choose a career path.

"If a child can't see it, they can't be it," explained Dr. Quirk-Bailey.

The idea is to create a pathway to becoming "strong member's of tomorrow's workforce." Having the opportunity to learn about different careers will help young students to realize what they do or do not like about the different paths.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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