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April 2022 Newsletter


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It’s National Internship Awareness Month!

I am Justin Binnicker, a Debruce Career Corps member, and I have been blessed enough to have a lot of great internships and work-related experiences to help me launch my career.

To date, I have experience interning with the Kansas City Mavericks and working with teams such as the Kansas City Royals, Sporting Kansas City, and even organizations like the NAIA and the United Soccer Coaches Convention. If there is one thing that I have learned through them all, it’s that internships and practical experience are vital to professional success.

Internships are a gateway to opportunities, and they are a great way for young professionals to discover and use their Agilities while gaining practical experience in their desired field.

So please, whether you’re applying for your first internship, or in a position to provide an internship, take that first step. You, and our workforce, will be glad you did.

Here’s to expanding career pathways through internships!

Remake Learning Days Across America

Calling all youth and families: want to have fun together while learning about science, art, technology, and more?

Remake Learning Days Across America is a nation-wide learning festival just for you! 1,000+ hands-on and engaging events will take place April 22 – May 23 at libraries, schools, community centers, and more.

For our friends in Kansas City, join us on May 7 to explore STEM and the miracle of flight with paper airplanes, baking soda rockets, kites, and drones!

Live elsewhere? Find an event near you.

Bringing ideas to life on PBS

We were thrilled to attend Make48 Nationals, where makers from across the nation had 48 hours to vision, develop, and bring a new idea to life!

Teams used their Agilities of Innovating, Working with Objects, Selling and Communicating, and more to prepare their prototypes and pitches.

Stay tuned for the competition airing on TV this fall! In the meantime, learn more about Make48, PBS’s 48-hour invention series.

ProX connects youth and employers

We’re honored to support ProX, an initiative connecting high school students with KC employers for paid internships this summer! Thanks to Startland News for covering the recent press conference:

“‘Career literacy allows students to build self-worth and self-confidence as they discover paths for their futures,’ said Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, executive director and chief operating officer of the DeBruce Foundation. ‘These real-world learning experiences really matter for them to be able to start to learn about what they like to do and what they do well.'”

Read the full article in Startland News.

Listen in to No Filter Media

Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Executive Director and COO of The DeBruce Foundation, recently sat down with former Kansas City Mayor Sly James and former Chief of Staff, Joni Wickham, founders of Wickham James Strategies & Solutions, to chat about our workforce, educational systems, and how it takes all of us, working together, to expand pathways to economic growth and opportunity.

Listen to their conversation on the No Filter Media podcast online or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Internships supporting career research

Shout out to Hannah, DeBruce Career Corps member and sophomore at the University of Central Missouri, for all her fantastic work as an intern with our team!

By collecting and helping analyze information from U.S. Census data, U.S. Department of Education data on adult skills for workforce participation, and the American Time Use Survey, she is advancing research and development efforts to expand career pathways — all while developing her Agilities for her future career!

Financial guidance for your career journey

In celebration of Financial Literacy Month, we invited Stephanie Guerin, CFP®️, Wealth Advisor at Buckingham Strategic Wealth to write this month’s guest blog.

A well-planned and adaptive career path determines your true potential to build an amazing life for yourself, those you love, and those in your community.”

Read on for financial tips to keep in mind as you build a successful, meaningful career.

Agilities at Metropolitan Community College

We had a blast training 150+ staff members at Metropolitan Community College to use our career literacy resources with their students!

This partnership will equip MCC students to explore workforce options, make informed decisions about their educational path, and reach their career goals.

Learn more about using the Agilities in higher education.

Benefits of Micro-Internships

Check out the recent article, “Kansas Employers: Consider the Benefits of Micro-Internships,” by Tim Peterson, Kansas Board of Regents, featuring the Kansas Micro-Internship Program:

“…micro-internships can help address the labor shortage most employers face and help launch new and exciting careers for many more students.” Read more.

Join us for Agilities Training

Are you looking to boost the career literacy of your students, program participants, or clients?

Attend a training to enhance how you and your team can leverage career resources and embed them into your programming:

5/3 Agilities Tour
5/10 Leveraging Agilities & Essential Skills
5/17 Connecting Agilities with Careers

View all upcoming opportunities.

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