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December 2023 Newsletter


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Season’s Greetings!

As we move through the holiday season, our thoughts increasingly turn towards friends, family, and all we have to be grateful for. At The DeBruce Foundation, we are especially thankful for the amazing team we have that works hard each day to help people of all ages build meaningful careers and expand their pathways to growth and economic opportunity. In addition, we want to give thanks to the many Foundation partners we work with who have made it possible to reach the thousands and thousands of people who have accessed our career literacy resources, activated their Agilities, and confidently moved forward on their career journeys.

Our partnerships reach numerous youth development organizations, K-12 school districts, colleges, universities, and local and state-based workforce agencies. Without these partners, the impact we’ve achieved this year with national outreach, career literacy building, and expansion of network and opportunity would not have been possible.

So, to keep up the joy through the holidays, I encourage you to give the gift of Agilities this year. If you’re looking for last-minute presents, Agilities are a great “career stocking stuffer” for anyone – It’s the gift that keeps on giving!

Happy Holidays to you and yours and a sincere thanks for all you continue to do to help people achieve their dreams.

Honoring Linda and Paul DeBruce

Congratulations to Linda and Paul DeBruce who were named Ingram’s 2023 Philanthropist of the Year! Thank you for your decades of generosity to the Kansas City area and beyond.

Agilities Embedded in Programs

Startland News recently shared the story of The Foundation’s partnership with Harris-Stowe State University, one of only two HBCUs in the state of Missouri. Read about how Harris-Stowe is embedding the Agilities career literacy resources within its Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) programs.

Learn more about the partnership.

MARC Career Expo 2023

Robin Smith, Senior Director, and Kristie Larson, Strategic Relationship Manager, represented The DeBruce Foundation at the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC) Career Expo where there were 3,300 students and teachers from across the KC metro region! The expo provided students with an opportunity to learn more about jobs in the public service sector. Many attendees took the Agile Work Profiler before the event and sported stickers with their top Agilities. The Agilities were incorporated throughout the event connecting students, teachers, and industry professionals. Check out the KCTV5 news story about the event.

Activating Agilities to Explore Careers and Build Networks in Rural Areas

Kristie Larson, Strategic Relationship Manager, and Rebecca Kessler, Education and Integration Specialist, presented at the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development (MDHEWD) annual Equity Summit! They discussed how The DeBruce Foundation’s mission and resources align to address the changing issues in rural communities. You can view the presentation and others from the Summit on the MDHEWD YouTube channel.

20/20 Leadership Career and Business Expo

The 20/20 Leadership Career and Business Expo engaged nearly 250 students representing area high schools in the KC metro where they had the opportunity to interact with nearly sixty businesses. At The DeBruce Foundation’s booth, students learned about the Agilities framework and applied their Agilities to their lives by playing a game, writing an elevator pitch, or creating an experience statement.

Expanding Career Pathways in College

Kyra Afolabi, a DeBruce Career Corps member, presented to UMKC students about the importance of starting early along in their career development journey. She provided valuable insights she gained from career coaches and professionals over the course of her college career. Kyra shared several of The DeBruce Foundation’s resources for career literacy, including the Agile Work Profiler and Career Explorer Tools.

DBCC Serving and Caring this Holiday Season

The DeBruce Career Corps brought the Agilities, especially Serving & Caring, to their holiday event by supporting local organizations Operation Breakthrough and Big Brothers Big Sisters to give students, teachers, and families extra holiday cheer.

Using Agilities to Help Individuals Discover their Power

In this month’s blog, Lilly Coye details how becoming a Certified Agility Coach and utilizing The DeBruce Foundation’s career literacy resources have helped her as a leadership and success coach.

“During the Agility Coach Training, I became more aware of the 10 Agilities, affirmed my Agilities, and learned to lead others to do the same… I learned how to activate my Agilities and teach others how to activate theirs.”

Read the blog.

Join us for a training

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

1/9 Activating Your Agilities
1/23 Agilities Tour
1/25-26 Agility Coach Training
2/6 Activating Your Agilities
2/13 Agilities Tour
2/27 Agilities Tour

View all upcoming opportunities.

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