On April 28, CDCR institutions participated in the “2011 Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” For more than 18 years, individuals, families, organizations, and workplaces have joined in the day to expand opportunities and transform the lives of millions of girls and boys. This program encourages girls and boys across the country to dream without gender limitations and to think imaginatively about their family, work, and community lives. This year’s theme was “Invent the Future.”

One outstanding example of how the program works took place at Salinas Valley State Prison where staff assigned to the In Service Training Department provided information to the sons and daughters visiting for the day. The visitors were given an overview of the prison’s mission and operations and were provided a demonstration of the activities of the Investigative Services Unit, Institutional Fire Department, and the Crisis Response Team. They were also provided a ride by the transportation bus around the institution. Part of their day was spent with their parents at their work sites.

This program provides a better understanding of what parents have to accomplish on a daily basis, the importance of their responsibilities and their commitment as public servants.