Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club youth recently visited the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant, where they learned about the DOE site's history.

During their visit, club members "screamed at the top of their lungs" into a sound-level meter, which Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership safety and health supervisor Darryl Pea used to demonstrate how safety and health instruments help protect workers during deactivation and remediation work.

They also met with site managers and workers to understand different career fields.

Neal Clark, executive director for Oscar Cross, said the experience made a "tremendous impact" on the youth who attended.

"The tour opened our members' minds to career opportunities in our community that some didn't know existed," Clark said in a news release. "This partnership with the Department of Energy allows the Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club to do our part in educating local talent about future employment opportunities."

Jennifer Woodard, DOE Paducah site lead for Portsmouth/Paducah Project Office, presented information to help club members understand various jobs that are performed at the site, according to DOE.

They participated in hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities that covered several topics, including safety, information technology and engineering. They also took part in activities that showed the importance of protecting the environment.

"This visit allowed area youth to see that the Paducah site functions like a small city, and it takes people with varying skills and levels of education to safely perform work at the site," she said.

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