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April 2021 Newsletter


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Hello and Happy Spring!

One of my favorite things about The DeBruce Foundation is my work with the DeBruce Career Corps (DBCC), a group of high school, college, and early career-age youth who work as an informal advisory board to the Foundation. Our DBCC members represent students across the country and bring unique youth perspectives to guide the Foundation in establishing goals, reaching audiences, and planning for the future of work.

Developing the DBCC members and elevating their ideas is a tremendously rewarding experience that affects the future and the now. A recent example of their efforts is the vShips Success Workshop for college students, which they helped design and are co-hosting. You can read more about the workshop below, along with other updates related to our work to expand career pathways.

Remake Learning Days

The DeBruce Foundation is proud to be a sponsor of Remake Learning Days!

Remake Learning Days is an innovative learning festival for families and youth, filled with opportunities to explore something new and participate in fun, hands-on activities.

Taking place May 1-10 in Kansas City and in 16+ other regions this spring, you’ll find online and in-person options for your family to grown and learn – together! Learn more and find events near you

vShips Insights in Harvard Business Review

Together with business leaders across the nation, we’ve learned a lot about virtual internships as a way to build our workforce and invest in young talent.

This month, Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight had the opportunity to share these insights in her article, “3 Reasons Why Your Business Should Embrace Virtual Internships.”

Read the full article, featuring insights from Snap Inc., U.S. Engineering, Commerce Bank, PwC, and The Urban Leaders Fellowship in Harvard Business Review.

Improving Experiences for Adult Learners

With our partners from Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, KC Scholars, and UMKC’s Urban Education Research Center, we released the new report, “Reaction to Crisis: Adult Higher Education’s Lessons Learned,” to improve experiences for adult learners in higher education.

Check out the article featuring this report in eCampus news.

Free Workshop for College Students

College students: you’re invited to join us to learn how to land and succeed in a virtual internship. Students from 50+ schools across the nation are already registered, and there’s still time to join in!

vShips Success Workshop
Saturday, 4/17 from 10-2pm CT
Registration closes at 12pm CT on 4/15 | RSVP

(Not a college student, but know one who might benefit? Please share!)

Expanding Pathways at Remake Learning Days

In this month’s blog, our ED and COO, Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, writes about the importance of creating space for students to have “aha” moments, the role of adults in helping young people expand their career pathways, and the opportunity to do both of these this May at Remake Learning Days-Kansas City.

Read the blog

Nonprofit continues to grow in its work helping people find jobs after prison

Check out one of our partners in the news!

“41 Action News first profiled the organization and its mission to help people re-enter the world after prison in January. Since then, SWAGG, INC. opened an office at 4327 Troost Ave., Suite 205, launched a research project into the effects of mass incarceration with Notre Dame de Sion High School Students, and is working with the DeBruce Foundation and HireKC to bring on employees and expand its reach.” Read the full story

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