Commission Agenda Item No. 11
Presenter: Kevin Malonson

Real World Career Experiences – Partnership Opportunity with Boy Scouts of America Law Enforcement Explorer Program
March 26, 2015

I.             Executive Summary:  Law Enforcement (LE) staff will provide the Commission with a brief overview of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Law Enforcement Explorer Program.  The program’s purpose and goals will be explained as well as a discussion of additional opportunities within other Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) divisions. The briefing will note demographic information of the targeted student group as it relates to the goals of TPWD diversity and inclusion initiatives.

II.          Discussion:  The BSA-Real World Career Experiences has delivered college and career readiness programs since 1998. A real-world, hands-on experience is offered to students ranging in age from 14 to 21.  Through partnerships with thousands of businesses, organizations and government agencies Real World Career Experiences is a proven leadership development program.  This program is aligned to 16 U.S. Department of Education Career Clusters with over 2 million youth being reached since the inception of Real World Career Experiences-Exploring.

Students involved with BSA Law Enforcement Explorers are trained in a model which focuses on self-confidence and character, leadership and social skills development, unique career experiences and internships and volunteer service opportunities.  Emphasizing this training model, Law Enforcement Explorer competitions are held on the local, state and national level to test the skills acquired by students in their prospective career paths.