Explorers Goals and Objectives

Town of Orange Park Fire ExplorersThe Explorers Program is Learning for Life’s career education program for young men and women who are 15-20 years old.  Exploring is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth and the organizations in their communities.

The Explorer’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 then meaning of independence in their personal relationships and communities. Color, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, or economic status is not criteria for participation in the program.

Youth Benefits

Explorers offer on of the best opportunities for the youth in the area.  Some of the many benefits include:

  • Stimulated interest in continual education
  • Career information, insight into future vocation
  • positive alternative to negative youth activities, such as drug abuse and gang involvement
  • Sense of acceptance and belonging to a group.
  • Safe and supervised environment for adult-like activities
  • Opportunities to participate in practical, real, and meaningful hands-on experiences
  • Learn career and personal skills
  • Opportunities to try leadership roles and develop skills
  • Cooperative relationship between youth and adults
  • Service to others


Explorers 5 Areas of Emphasis 

The Explorers program curriculum focuses on five major areas of emphasis


Career Opportunities

  • Developing potential contacts that may broaden employment options.
  • Boosting Self-confidence and experiencing success at school and work.


  • Encouraging the skill and desire to help others.
  • Gaining a keen respect for the basic rights of others

Leadership Experience

  • Developing leadership skills to fulfill our responsibility in society
  • Providing exposure to different leadership traits

Life Skills

  • Developing physical and mental fitness
  • Experiencing positive social interaction

Character Education

  • Helping make ethical choices
  • Fulfilling one’s responsibility to society as a whole