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July 2023 Newsletter


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Greetings from The DeBruce Foundation!

My name is Gino DiLorenzo, and I am honored to work as an Intern for The DeBruce Foundation this summer.

My internship has involved collecting national data on various features of jobs in the U.S. economy over two decades and creating a master data source. This will help The Foundation in refining its tools and providing guidance about occupational traits and pathways in the U.S. economy. I’m also helping put infrastructure in place to continue updating relevant information over time.

While I get to gather data to help people plan their careers, I’m getting to envision my own future and clarify my goals. I have learned about community engagement, gained research and development experience, built a professional network, and developed transferable skills such as communication and one of my favorite Agilities, Working with Information.

Ultimately, my internship at The DeBruce Foundation has given me the opportunity to bridge the gap between my strengths, vision, and goals. I’m thankful for this professional opportunity and I wish you the best in all of yours!

Gino DiLorenzo
Intern, The DeBruce Foundation

A summer full of growth with ProX

We’re incredibly proud of the 500+ students who completed ProX internships and professional experiences this summer!

It’s about opportunity, access and opening doors for students who may not otherwise have the opportunity. It’s more of an experience… to help them learn and grow in a real world situation.” – Michael Robins, Director of ProX

Thank you to our organizational partners and 120+ employers who made ProX possible. Learn more by watching this story on KSHB 41.

Make48 at Kansas State School for the Blind

Students from Kansas State School for the Blind recently competed at Make48, a 48-hour maker competition!

Superintendent Jon Harding shared, “It shows that people with disabilities can design and be innovative. I think some of our biggest work here is educating the public and demystifying the disability. We are not an institution. We are doing creative and innovative things here. This is a high-value, high-energy competition. Make48 took a risk on us, and we took a risk on them. We love the partnership.”

We, too, love this partnership and all the ways it expands pathways! Read the full article from Kansas State Department of Education.

Bridging to agile, empowered careers

Watch out world, more fantastic students are coming your way! We enjoyed time with the University of Missouri-Kansas City Summer Bridge Scholars Program, an intensive 8-week experience for incoming first-year students to prepare them for a successful college career.

Students explored their Agilities, expanded their networks, and mapped out the next steps in their education and career journeys. Learn about using Agilities in higher education and get to know UMKC’s Summer Bridge Scholars Program.

Gaining Agility at DI Global Finals

Congratulations to all the teams who competed at Destination Imagination‘s Global Finals here in Kansas City!

535 teams from 17 countries advanced through Regional and Affiliate tournaments around the world to compete on this stage.

Throughout this competition full of innovation, creativity, and collaboration and to solve STEAM challenges, students gained crucial skills they’ll use the rest of their lives. In this picture, a team shows off their top Agilities!

Featured in our new Mission Report

Have you spotted the DeBruce Career Corps in our recently released Mission Report?

Just like in everything we do, you’ll see their presence, feedback, and impact throughout this report which highlights our progress from 2018-2022. These young professionals are a crucial part of advising our team and helping us achieve milestones—like the Agile Work Profiler being used in all 50 states, 3,555 U.S. cities, and 125 countries!

Check out our Mission Report—and keep an eye out for DeBruce Career Corps!

Creative philanthropy to expand access to STEM

This month’s blog highlights Remake Learning Days, a regional festival that turns cities into an open house learning laboratory, featuring fun and free events for youth of all ages.

New collaborations this year among The DeBruce Foundation, KC STEM Alliance, Community Capital Fund, and local community organizations hosting events made the difference in expanding access to important STEM learning experiences. Learn all about it.

Join us for a training

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

8/8 Agilities Tour
8/15 Activating Your Agilities
8/22 Agilities Tour
9/14-15 Agility Coach Training

View all upcoming opportunities.

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