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August 2023 Newsletter


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Hello, and happy back-to-school season!

In our senior year of high school, a friend of mine didn’t have the clarity she wanted about her future. I could see the disappointment on her face and hear the indecisive tone in her voice. I jumped at the chance to tell her all about the Agile Work Profiler© and The DeBruce Foundation’s various career tools.

What I love about the Agile Work Profiler© is that it doesn’t “clear up” that question of what/who we could be. It simply reminds people of the qualities and attributes that they’ve already exhibited. It shows them that there is a place that they could use their skills and interests in our ever-changing workforce.

This tool empowers me as I embark on my college journey this semester; it reminds me that I hold qualities already that are employable, applaudable, and worthy of recognition. Having the resources of The DeBruce Foundation makes me feel secure in my vision and in my capabilities.

As you embark on your next season, I encourage you to be open to discovering yourself as well as your Agilities. I have a feeling you’ll discover something great that lived inside you all along.

Agilities for elementary, high school, and beyond

Learning about the Agilities is a great foundation for students of any age. By building awareness and developing Agilities early, you help students build confidence in their abilities and set the foundation for future success.

We’re thrilled to share welcome kits to incorporate the Agilities in the classroom. Visit the links to download them for free:

Celebrate National Career Development Month

November is National Career Development Month, and we will be celebrating all month long with our latest workforce research, new career resources, and opportunities to expand career pathways together!

Mark your calendar:
11/2 DeBruce Foundation webinar
11/7 MDHEWD Equity Summit
11/8-10 NPCN Connect 2023
11/16 MARC Workforce & Education Summit

And more. Stay tuned for updates!

Empowering CTE pathways

Shoutout to Kansas ACTE for an energizing summer conference! Cindy Schluckebier, Training & Integration Manager at The DeBruce Foundation, was honored to serve as a keynote speaker.

From her lens as an entrepreneur, educator, and now Training & Integration Manager, Cindy shared how CTE professionals can use The Foundation’s research and career tools to empower students to create assets, communicate confidence and competence, and expand their career pathways.

Learn more about how Agilities can help educators.

Serving millions of teens through EvolveMe

Two-thirds of current high schoolers and graduates say they would have benefited from more career exploration in middle or high school according to ASA research…
EvolveMe features 26 career experimentation and skills-building activities from 15 innovative partners that serve millions of teens.” – Getting Smart

We’re proud to partner with American Student Assistance to share the Agile Work profiler on the EvolveMe platform! Read this article from Getting Smart, Two Developments in Middle Grade Career Exploration, for more about this partnership to prepare Gen Z for bright careers.

UMKC Early Talent Summit

The University of Kansas City-Missouri’s Early Talent Summit convened recruiters, talent development, and DEI and HR professionals from across the Kansas City Region. This collaborative event doubled their registration from 2022!

Together, we shared ideas, challenges and best practices for recruiting, developing, and connecting Gen Z to the future workforce.

Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, ED and COO of The Foundation, spoke about the role of micro-internships in expanding business capacity, helping young talent explore workforce industries, and engaging a diverse audience. Learn more about Micro-Internships.

Welcome, new members!

We’re thrilled to kick off the school year with a growing and vibrant DeBruce Career Corps!

While getting to know each other, existing members shared advice with new members for the new school year:

“Be your authentic self”
“Find a good time management system”
“Take time to rest and recharge”
“Look out for who needs a friend”
“Make the most of opportunities”

As you can tell, these young professionals are full of wisdom; we’re grateful for their insights all throughout the year to help expand career pathways!

A special back-to-school blog for educators

This month, Rebecca Kessler, Education and Integration Specialist for The DeBruce Foundation, shares a special back-to-school blog for educators. She writes about the possibilities a new school year brings, the lifelong impact of helping students develop their Agilities, and how to create an Agility Classroom.

Providing students with the skills to see their value, develop it over time, and communicate it with the world will set the course to change their lives.” Read more.

Join us for a training

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

9/5 Activating Your Agilities
9/12 Agilities Tour
9/14-15 Agility Coach Training
9/26 Agilities Tour

View all upcoming opportunities.

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