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January 2022 Newsletter


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Happy Mentoring Month!

I’m Hannah Noel, a DeBruce Career Corps member, and I have some exciting news to share: I got a new job! Starting this semester, I will be working at my college, mentoring new students in the advising center.

To prepare for my interview, I talked quite a bit with my mentors. We discussed ways I could accentuate how my top Agilities would make me a great candidate for the position. A quick chat with them really helped me succeed, because I knew exactly what I wanted to highlight about myself in the interview, and I was ready to put my best foot forward.

In this new position, I hope to build lasting connections with students and aid them in accomplishing their goals. Thank you to each of you who mentor and help others along — I can’t wait to do the same!

Micro-Internships for Businesses + Students

Business leaders: have you heard of the Kansas Micro-Internship Program?

This win-win opportunity connects Kansas-based employers and Kansas college students for short-term, paid professional projects. The first Micro-Internship you provide is now fully funded up to $500! Get started here.

Not based in Kansas? You can still host a Micro-Internship! Learn more.

Get to Know Leigh Anne Taylor Knight

Our Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, was recently featured in Kansas City’s Most Inspiring Stories by VoyageKC!

From the outset, she has dedicated her career to improving the quality of life for others: “From teacher to school administrator, administrator to leading research to improve education, to now serving as Executive Director and COO of The DeBruce Foundation, each step has informed and inspired my belief in empowering people to succeed in their careers.” Read Leigh Anne’s interview.

Building Networks and Expanding Career Paths

DeBruce Career Corps members recently spent time at The DeBruce Foundation, practicing the fine art of networking! A few of their favorite conversation starters:

  • What was one of your favorite jobs when you were younger?
  • What is your favorite type of vacation?
  • What advice do you have for high school students?

During National Mentoring Month, we encourage you to make new connections and help others expand their networks! Together, we can build resilient careers.

DeBruce Career Corps members, who serve as advisors to The Foundation, getting ready to network.

Igniting Your Creative Genius

Tune into this week’s episode of the Up Your Creative Genius Podcast, hosted by our friend, Patti Dobrowolski: a 4x TEDx Speaker, live illustrator, and co-creator of Draw Your Future with Agilities!

In this episode, Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight and Patti Dobrowolski discuss creating your career path, the importance of a diverse network, embracing risk, and more.

Listen now

Kick off Remake Learning Days Across America!

Remake Learning Days Across America is a learning festival that celebrates the many learning opportunities in a community! Taking place in 17+ regions across the country this spring, youth and families can learn, grow, and play together at events throughout their city.

For our friends in Kansas City, join KC STEM Alliance on 1/19 for information on organizing an event at your school, youth program, or community center! RSVP

Live elsewhere? Get involved near you.

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