Career Exploration: Boy Scouts Teams Up With Chamber for Exploring Program

In January, The Boy Scouts Mid-America Council joined forces with the Greater Omaha Chamber for its Exploring program, a career mentoring program for high school students. Through this partnership, students can explore their career interests through partnerships with Omaha businesses.

By providing hands-on experience, participating companies are helping aid a talent pipeline.

“The greatest benefit of providing early career exploration to our youth in our community is two-fold, one to help them explore and identify multiple career paths before heading to college, and second to give them first-hand insight into career opportunities that await them here in their own backyard,” said Chris Mehaffey, CEO and scout executive at the Boy Scouts Mid-America Council.

Companies that participate in the program are contributing to a long-term investment in the local economy.

“The top concern we hear from Omaha businesses is the availability of skilled workforce along with the need to retain our young talent for future growth,” said Heath Mello, president & CEO of the Greater Omaha Chamber. “The Exploring program is a unique opportunity for companies to engage and educate young participants on the opportunities that exist in Omaha, while potentially identifying future talent for their organization.”

Current spring programs underway include CHI Health, Creighton Pharmacy, Durham School of Architecture Engineering & Construction, Clarkson College, Bailey Lauerman and Tri-County Fire Corps.

Programs can be tailored to fit any industry. For more information on how to participate, visit