Thursday, January 20, 2011

For Our Kids...

I've always looked up to teachers, counselors, social workers...just anyone that works with kids.  I am the first one to say that I am not good with kids.  I've never been and I don't think I will ever be until I have my own.  That's not to say I'm horrible with them, I'm just not a natural.  I believe it takes a certain type of talent to work with kids, just like it takes talent to sketch a building in AutoCAD.  And one of those talented people is my husband's childhood friend, John.  John is the Executive Director of Seattle's Chapter ACAP program.  ACAP stands for Accounting Career Awareness Program.  This program introduces business and accounting to public and private high school kids.  Each year, students enroll in what is known as "Residency Week" where they stay in dorms at our local University and take seminars hosted by local business people, as well as network with other kids their age.  

John, a big kid himself, truly is a natural with them.  I can tell that he truly cares for his "kids".  Since he took over the ACAP program from his predecessor, the program's enrollment numbers has grown significantly.  He takes his job seriously and goes into the office dressed in business casual and a tie...even if he doesn't have to.  He says it puts him in the mood to be in charge!  Every year around this time, ACAP hosts an annual party to wrap up the previous year.  This year's party is tomorrow night and Chris and I are going to shoot some pictures at the event.  I'm super excited to hang out with some cool kids!  So stay tuned for a special ACAP Seattle Winter Party post!

John is in the second row, first person on the left in the white button up.  He blends in with these kids doesn't he? :)
I used to work for the big four accounting firm Ernst & Young and volunteered to teach one of the computer classes to introduce kids to Excel and Power Point.  

Two of my Ernst & Young colleagues teaching one of the other seminars.  And my cute sister-in-law is the girl  in the yellow sweatshirt sitting second row from the last.  


  1. Oh, that's so great! I love these types of programs. How are kids/young adults supposed to know what they want to do "for the rest of their lives," if they haven't worked with the materials? Kudos to your friend - and I'm looking forward to seeing photos from the event. :D

  2. oh oh oh! I love these type of mentoring programs!!! I agree with Carol, kids need a hands on opportunity to try out different careers and see what it's all about. I think it's a great way to get kids excited. And when they are excited they excel! So cool!!!!

  3. We need more people like John in this world - big kids who care for little kids. Can't wait to see the pics, I'll be staying tuned :)
    p/s - and Cindi, I was never a natural w. kids either until I had my own. :)