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January 2023 Newsletter


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Hey Superstars!

I’m Patti Dobrowolski, and I’m one of The Debruce Foundation’s partners. Our shared goal is to help expand economic pathways for everyone.

Since it is just the beginning of 2023, I want to give you a nudge to be sure to take the time to draw a picture of your future. Why? Research shows that when you draw a picture of your future and put it somewhere you can see every day and take action on it, you improve your chances of success by 42%! Who wouldn’t want that kind of success boost!? I know I would!

There is no better time than now to get together with your friends, colleagues, or just on your own, grab a pen and paper, and create Future YOU! 😉

I look forward to meeting you and hearing about your dreams for the future next time I see you! Thank you for all you are and all you are becoming to make this world a better place.

Big love,


Building Agilities at Kansas School for the Blind

The DeBruce Foundation is honored to support initiatives like Make48 at Kansas State School for the Blind, in which students recently had the opportunity to try out skills needed in careers, build their networks, and expand their career pathways, all during a 48-hour competition.

STEM IS for all students, and those who are blind can display their intelligence, creativity, and team-building skills alongside community and business leaders. This competition allowed our students to build relationships with adults and peers in a positive, exciting environment,” said Superintendent Jon Harding. Read more.

On KCTV5: Making the Dream Job Come True

The start of a new year often brings new challenges and opportunities, whether it be a new job or career change. Landing that new gig might take some support and one metro organization hopes to do just that with new research.”

Thank you to KCTV5 News for highlighting our latest research on building careers with higher salaries, increased job security, better benefits, and more!

Check out the news story featuring our employment empowerment research.

Exploring future career opportunities

We had a blast developing Career Literacy and Network Strength with 250 high school juniors and seniors at the 20/20 Leadership Career and Business Expo!

Throughout the expo, students had the opportunity to build their networks by engaging with professionals in a variety of workforce industries; they built their career literacy by exploring the job opportunities available to them and the skills needed in those roles.

By getting to know their Agilities, students could identify how their unique skills and interests aligned with the workforce opportunities ahead of them. We have no doubt about their bright futures!

Building Equity through Micro-internships

What an honor to present at the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development Equity Summit again!

Our session, presented with our partners from Parker Dewey and University of Missouri-Kansas City, discussed how higher education and career services professionals can use Micro-Internships to help connect students from under-represented communities with career opportunities. Watch the replay.

Youth creating resources for youth

The DeBruce Career Corps is a collective of more than 50 young people, ranging in age from high school to early career, who keep us informed about the workforce from their vantage point, test our resources, and advise our team.

They also don’t hesitate to jump in when the opportunity arises to help spread The Foundation’s mission. Career Corps members recently helped shoot new educational videos, which could reach up to 1 million youth through our partners in the year ahead.

Mentoring can change the trajectory of your life

Happy National Mentoring Month!

What effect has a mentor had on your life? Have you had the chance to mentor someone else in their journey too?

This month, Research Consultant of The DeBruce Foundation, Charles “Doc” West, writes about the transformative role mentors played in his own high school, college, and professional life:

The trajectory of my life reflects the limitless possibilities of mentoring.”
Read Doc’s reflection.

Paid summer internship opportunities

Calling all Kansas City metro high schoolers (and those who will share this with them)!

In partnership with incredible organizations throughout Kansas City, we’re proud to announce the return of ProX, a summer program connecting high school students to paid, professional experiences.

Applications are open now through 2/10. Learn more and apply!

Join us for a training

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

2/7 Agilities Tour
2/14 Activating Your Agilities
2/21 Agilities Tour

View all upcoming opportunities.

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