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Where students 'shadow' professionals

How can you engage a student in the world of work? Volunteer for the "Groundhog Job Shadow Day," a nationwide effort aimed at giving 1 million young people real-life mentors and career information.

The initiative will take place on Feb. 2, 2000 (Groundhog Day). Professionals in a range of fields and from more than 40,000 workplaces will eagerly "see their shadows" and, ideally, impart to them a little wisdom.

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In some cities, volunteering opportunities will extend throughout the year. For more information, visit the site:

The initiative is in its third year. Last year's program involved 500,000 students.

Additionally,, an online career network, will host "Virtual Job Shadowing." Students with access to the Internet can watch, via QuickTime video, more than a dozen professionals at work.

A police officer, chef, engineer, and CEO, among others, will be able to answer e-mailed questions about their jobs. The event will last from Feb. 2 to 29.

Among the initiative's coalition members: Junior Achievement, an economic-education program; America's Promise, a youth program sponsored by Colin Powell; and The National School-to-Work Office, administered by the Departments of Education and Labor.

Compiled by Sara Steindorf

(c) Copyright 1999. The Christian Science Publishing Society