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Nov. 6, 2017

Career Exploration Inspires Eighth Graders

By Laura Fortunato

  • Mission Tomorrow

    1 of 7 Students gather at Booth 427 to try their hand at the Richmond Fed’s two trivia towers.

  • Mission Tomorrow

    2 of 7 Richmond Fed’s Sarah Gunn asks an eighth grader a Fed trivia question.

  • Mission Tomorrow

    3 of 7 An eighth grader carefully selects a wooden block from the Fed Trivia Tower.

  • Mission Tomorrow

    4 of 7 Students take turns answering questions about the Federal Reserve, vocations at the Richmond Fed and economic concepts.

  • Mission Tomorrow

    5 of 7 Richmond Fed volunteers provide support for ChamberRVA’s Mission Tomorrow.

  • Mission Tomorrow

    6 of 7 Left to Right: Our Economic Education team includes Kevin Woodcox, Angie Collier, Alex Cornwell, Nick Haltom and Sarah Gunn.

  • Mission Tomorrow

    7 of 7 Mission Tomorrow drew over 12,000 eighth graders from Greater Richmond-area public schools to the Richmond Raceway exhibit center on November 1-2.

How do you capture the attention and curiosity of high-energy eighth graders as they wander exhibits exploring careers and meet people from 140 Richmond-area organizations?

We got this!

You offer a fun activity that combines knowledge and chance, and helps students remember who you are and what you do — like a trivia game using a wooden tower resembling the Richmond Fed office building. The Fed Trivia Tower game challenges students to select a wooden block from the three-foot tower without knocking it over and then answer trivia questions matching the block’s number — 1, 2 or 3. Trivia includes questions about role of the Federal Reserve, Richmond Fed jobs, and skills related to college and career readiness.

“The activity was designed as a quick way to grab students’ attention and engage them,” explained Angie Collier, Richmond Fed senior economic education specialist. “The giant block tower seemed like a great fit because it also resembles our building in the Richmond skyline.”

Our economic education team unveiled the Fed Trivia Tower during the ChamberRVA’s Mission Tomorrow event held November 1–2 at the Richmond Raceway exhibit center. The event, which drew over 12,000 students from Richmond and the counties of Charles City, Chesterfield, Goochland, Hanover, Henrico, New Kent, and Powhatan, is among the largest in the country, according to ChamberRVA.

During the event, regional employers staffed booths where they demonstrated equipment, offered learning games, discussed occupations and provided insights into whether the careers required a college degree, training certificates, or on-the-job skill development through apprenticeships. Our employees and leaders participated in everything from planning the event to introducing students to potential careers with the Richmond Fed.

“Eighth grade is a critical year for students who are about to choose a high school curriculum that will prepare them for careers after graduation,” explained Richmond Fed Community Affairs Officer Sandy Tormoen, who chaired the regional planning committee. “Our community organizations — businesses, nonprofits, education, and government — came together to create an event that would create awareness about the many and varied opportunities for employment in our region and in turn enhance the career and college readiness of our middle-school students.”   

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For more on career preparation, check out “Invest in What’s Next,” our interactive, online course that lets students explore jobs, education options, and create a plan for life after high school.

The Richmond Fed also offers opportunities to learn more about the work of the Richmond Fed and to engage in conversations with our leaders regarding important issues affecting the community as a part of our “Conversations with the Fed” series. On November 8, for example, Richmond Fed Research Director Kartik Athreya will lead a discussion titled: “Prosperity: Will Our Children Be Better Off Than Us?” The “Conversations with the Fed” series continues in 2018.

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Jim Strader
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Laura Fortunato
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