The DeBruce Foundation Initiatives
We serve individuals throughout their career journey – from preparing for a career to retirement – by equipping them to succeed in an ever-changing economy. We strategically invest in research, initiatives, and partnerships.
We study the complexities of our workforce, reimagining how people can best prepare for, pursue, and build their careers. We are gaining insights to inform our mission.
We develop initiatives to equip individuals for careers. Through concepts like the Agilities, people are learning about their work skills, interests, and the value they have in our economy.
We partner with organizations – locally, regionally, and nationally – that inspire individuals with guidance and resources, giving them hope in their future.
Read on to learn a few examples of how we are expanding career pathways.
More than 88+ partners have adopted Agilities into their program/curriculum.
The Indiana Department of Workforce Development partnered with The DeBruce Foundation as they relaunched the Indiana Career Explorer, a free education and planning tool designed to empower the Indiana economy.
“By taking the Agile Work Profiler, students and job seekers of all ages are equipped to more skillfully explore career opportunities, as they’re starting with their skills and interests in mind.”
American Student Assistance launched EvolveMe, a new digital platform to help teens make informed, confident decisions about their education and career pathways. ASA partnered with The DeBruce Foundation to include the Agile Work Profiler in the experience.
Together, we’re ensuring Gen Z is future-ready.
The University of Missouri Kansas City’s Career Services partners with The DeBruce Foundation to help their students develop career literacy alongside programming that provides mentoring and networking, experiential learning, and career guidance.
Together, we’re equipping students of diverse backgrounds for career success.
All new students at Metropolitan Community College use the Agile Work Profiler and Career Explorer Tools to gain a better understanding of their education journey, explore MCC degrees and certificates, and develop plans to get their degree.
This partnership supports MCC’s goals of enhanced academic planning, increased rates of degree attainment, and successful transition of students into the workforce.
The Kansas Micro-Internship program connects 165,000 students in 32 Kansas public colleges and universities with opportunities to work on short-term, paid professional projects with Kansas-based organizations.
“The KMI program is currently the only statewide micro-internship program offered by a public higher education system in the nation…. [It] is a win-win for both students and employers.”
To increase gender equity on civic boards and commissions, United WE and The DeBruce Foundation formed a partnership to include the Agilities Framework into the Appointments Project® curriculum to further prepare women for civic leadership.
Early experiences are important in helping young people prepare for bright futures.
The DeBruce Foundation partners with organizations in Kansas City and across the country who are looking to build the career literacy and network strength of youth.
Download the Released 2023 Mission Report