Walk the Walk© began in a small farming community in Rose Hill, NC. The principal at Charity Middle School wanted his school counselor, Doug Shirley, to create a program targeting his at-risk student population.
A program, Walk in My Shoes, was created in 1996 where problematic students were placed on academic/discipline contracts. If they adhered to the terms they were rewarded with a job shadowing experience. The success stories were documented and presented at various functions.
The Duplin County Board of Education caught wind of the program and implemented it into a six-figure JobReady grant. Doug was asked to speak to an audience of politicians in Raleigh, NC, to showcase the program. A short time later Duplin County was awarded the grant and Duplin County JobReady was formed. Walk In My Shoes was implemented in all high schools in the county. A total of 500+ students participated.
The program earned many awards and distinctions. Once the grant money ran out the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction recognized the need to continue with programs such as Walk In My Shoes.
Doug earned his Career Development Facilitator license and worked to expand the program in Raleigh, NC.
A comprehensive career development program entitled Walk the Walk© was born. It was recognized at various state-wide conferences, earned a number of awards and recipients of several grants. Doug decided to return to his home in western Pennsylvania and form a non profit organization entitled Career Walk Inc. where he serves as President.
Where students define their future, one step at a time
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Shirley, a 1995 SRU graduate with a master's degree in secondary guidance and counseling, led successful school-to-career programs in North Carolina before returning to his native western Pennsylvania where he is launching Career Walk.
How can you help to guide others for this program? There are many opportunities you can enroll. As a volunteer, you can take part in events like the open house.