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About Exploring

Exploring is Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) or 15 to 21 years old. Exploring’s purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Explorers are ready to investigate the meaning of interdependence in their personal relationships and communities.

Adults are selected by the participating organization for involvement in the program. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, and citizenship are not criteria for participation.

Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities. Local community organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop.

Explorer posts can specialize in a variety of career skills. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

Exploring Awards

  • Career Achievement Awards: Explorers can earn a Career Achievement Award in one or all 12 career fields. To earn a Career Achievement Award, the candidate must provide 50 hours of community service and complete any nine career achievements as outlined in the attached PDF file. The Explorer post advisor certifies that each Explorer has satisfactorily performed 50 hours of community service and verifies that each candidate has completed at least nine achievements within the career field.
  • Law Enforcement Exploring Proficiency AwardsThe Law Enforcement Exploring Proficiency Awards program provides an opportunity for posts and their Explorers to earn a series of recognition items that acknowledge their law enforcement Exploring experience. These recognize community service, crime prevention, law enforcement service, law enforcement training, firearms training, emergency preparedness, tenure, and Explorer of the Year. Each proficiency area is intended to recognize experience, tenure, training, or leadership. These awards are intended to be worn on the law enforcement Explorer uniform only.
  • Law Enforcement Exploring Physical Fitness Proficiency Award
  • William H. Spurgeon III AwardThe William H. Spurgeon III Award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations contributing significant leadership to the Exploring program.
  • Leadership Award: The Learning for Life Leadership Award is a distinguished award for Explorers, high school Learning for Life program participants, and adult volunteer leaders who have given exceptional leadership in Exploring or Learning for Life programs. The Leadership Award is available annually to all Explorer posts and Learning for Life high school groups.

Exploring Activities

  • Exploring Program Preview is event for all Exploring leaders and volunteers that will include leader training, fundraising ideas, program delivery information and much more!
  • Youth Leadership Development Workshops is for Learning for Life senior high school groups, work-based Exploring posts and any other programs serving teenage youth.  The Leadership Development Workshop Series lesson plans provide high school students with exposure to life skills, personal management skills, and group leadership skills.  Students learn to apply these skills in real-life leadership situations.
  • TLEEA Law Enforcement Competitions: Members of the Texas Law Enforcement Explorer Advisors Association (TLEEAA) provide youth participants a variety of insights in the law enforcement career through a mixture of hands-on training and education.  Explorers that belong to a law enforcement post will receive training in many different areas and practice their new skills in competitions against explorers from other agencies.  Law enforcement posts are run much like the police/sheriff  with members of different ranks with different responsibilities. Explorers also will be given the opportunity to become post leaders and may practice and learn leadership skills that may be used the rest of their life.  Click here for a list of TLEEAA listed Law Enforcement Exploring competitions coming up.

Exploring Resources