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April 2024 Newsletter


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Did you know that April is National Internship Awareness Month? Internships have played a major role in each of our career journeys.

We are Hannah, Alexandria, and Gia. Hannah is a Data Visualization intern, and she works on a variety of projects from data analysis to research and creating interactive visualizations. Alexandria and Gia are Strategic Communications interns, helping share The Foundation’s mission via social media, blog posts, and newsletters (like the one you are reading now!)

In our roles at The DeBruce Foundation, we have each been able to further explore our interests, enhance our networks, and learn more about what our potential future careers could look like.

Ultimately, internships are about discovery. Each day, we learn something new about ourselves and our work. Our internships have allowed us to utilize the skills we have fostered in school and implement them through this real-world experiential opportunity.

Additionally, internships are beneficial for employers, as interns can increase team productivity (our supervisors agree!), and this talent can fulfill full-time roles in the future. 

We interns at The DeBruce Foundation will soon be embarking on our workforce journeys, and our internships have provided us with invaluable experiences that better prepare us to both find a job after college and make an immediate impact!

So, we highly encourage students reading this to challenge themselves and apply for that internship! The skills you gain, the people you meet, and the opportunities that arise are incredible; we have experienced the impact of internships firsthand!

Congratulations, Class of 2024!

Calling all college and high school graduates! 

Ready to take charge of your future? Our Graduation Toolkit is your go-to resource for unlocking your full potential: 

  • Identify your top work skills
  • Explore in-demand job opportunities
  • Understand the income you’ll need
  • Update your resume to stand out
  • Map out a plan for your future 

Explore the Graduation Toolkit.

Know a grad who would benefit from the Graduation Toolkit? Join us in sharing it far and wide!

Building bright careers with Morehouse College

We had a blast recently with students in the Morehouse College National Alumni Association REACH Program!

Students used the Agile Work Profiler© and Career Explorer Tools© while they built their career literacy and financial literacy throughout the 10-week program; the program is a collaboration between MCNAA, Spelman College, and the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA.

Congratulations, Leigh Anne!

The Greater Missouri Leadership Foundation recently announced their 2024 Women of the Year: 

Angie LongCo-Founder & Owner, Kansas City Current
DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Ed.DPresident & CEO, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, Executive Director & COO, The DeBruce Foundation
Angela Drake, JDVeterans Clinic Founder – Emerita, University of Missouri School of Law 

Learn more about this award and the Women of the Year Luncheon on July 17.

Exploring careers through Micro-Internships

TK Business Magazine recently highlighted the power of the Kansas Micro-Internship Program

The article highlights how the program has impacted one Kansas State University student’s career journey and how employers are benefitting too: 

I’ve worked in so many different areas in the past year or two. It’s helped me figure out what I want to do. After graduation, I want to go into consulting, which two or three years ago, I wouldn’t have known existed.” Read the article.

Sparking an empowered workforce at C3KC

The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri hosted the annual C3KC conference on April 2, convening civic, corporate, and nonprofit communities to spark change in Kansas City. 

Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, our Executive Director and COO, led a conversation on Sparking an Empowered Workforce alongside Dr. Ben Boggs, Commissioner of the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development, Phyllis Hardwick, Executive Director of Community Capital Fund, and Jeanette Prenger, Founder and CEO of ECCO Select.

Celebrating DeBruce Career Corps Rising Star

Congratulations to DeBruce Career Corps member, Kripa Gauba! 

Kripa recently received the Rising Star award at the 2024 InnovateHER Awards, recognizing her leadership and contributions to progress in the Kansas City community!

We’re grateful for all the ways Kripa uses her Serving and Caring Agility to serve our community and help us expand career pathways!

Kripa (front middle) pictured with fellow award winners and community leaders

Agilities© in Alternative High School Programing

In this month’s blog, Chris Homiak discusses how the North Kansas City Alternative High School Program utilizes The DeBruce Foundation’s Career Literacy resources:

I love that the Agile Work Profiler and Career Explorer Tools work in a more expansive and adaptive way, which fits the economy our students are joining. Through this partnership, students graduate not only knowing themselves better, but more prepared to take their own right next step.”

Read the blog.

Wonder and explore at Remake Learning Days

We are excited to participate in Remake Learning Days KC, an innovative learning festival with our partners at KC Stem Alliance and Community Capital Fund. 

We encourage you to join us on May 4th as our DeBruce Career Corps members host hands-on career exploration activities!

Learn more about the event and explore the entire Remake Learning Days calendar.

Join us for a training

Are you looking for career-building resources for your classroom, curriculum, or organization? Join us for an upcoming training!

5/7 Agilities Tour
5/21 Activating Your Agilities
6/6-7 Agility Coach Training

View all upcoming opportunities.

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