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May 2021 Newsletter


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Hello, and happy May!

The sights and sounds of spring inspire me, and so do the sights and sounds around The DeBruce Foundation lately. Here’s a glimpse for you:

An elementary student discovering a new interest through a STEM activity at Remake Learning Days.

An internship seeker affirming their value: “This helped me think outside of my box and realize that I do have value to offer in the workforce,” at our vShips Success Workshop.

A college senior planning: “These tools helped me prepare to land my job after graduation and are helping me build the career I want,” after using the Graduation Toolkit.

Wherever you are on your career journey, I hope you pursue your interests and passions, know the value you bring, and find meaning in the future you are building. Check out the resources below to help you and your networks expand your career pathways.

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

Graduates, it’s time to celebrate your accomplishment! The day you’ve worked for is finally here… and now, what?

Like many grads, you might not be sure what this next season holds. But, your education, experiences, and passions have prepared you to do many great things.

Here’s our gift to help you explore your next steps: Get the Graduation Toolkit

Not a graduate, but know one?
Please share!

Remake Learning Across America

We are celebrating the 900+ learning experiences offered for families through Remake Learning Days Across America!

Our communities have been “remaking” learning with collaborative, project-based experiences that relate to young people’s interests and passions. Spearheaded locally by KC STEM Alliance, we were proud to sponsor these opportunities for youth and families to learn and expand their pathways together.

Enjoy a glimpse of the festival

Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

We recently had the opportunity to write a guest column for Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine sharing key insights from our vShips Success Workshop.

The virtual workshop focused on helping college students find, land, and succeed in virtual internships. It featured wisdom from employers leading virtual internship programs, career building experts, and students who have successfully launched their careers from virtual internships.

Read the full column

KCPS Homeroom

Thank you to Kansas City Public Schools for inviting our Executive Director and COO, Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, to be a guest on KCPS Homeroom!

Watch the recording of this Real World Learning episode for a conversation on developing your child’s Agilities, plus resources to help them develop their career pathways.

Improving Experiences for Adult Learners

After releasing the practice report, “Reaction to Crisis: Adult Higher Education’s Lessons Learned,” our partners, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning and KC Scholars, had the opportunity to write for The EvoLLLution:

“Our work together has evolved from research to timely action, and we are confident that our common focus on adult learners will only grow as their importance to postsecondary and workforce ecosystems becomes all the more undeniable.” Read the full article

Wisdom at the vShips Success Workshop

For our recent vShips Success Workshop, DeBruce Career Corps members not only helped plan the workshop, but they served as speakers and panelists too.

Watch the vShips Q&A Panel, featuring employers who lead virtual internship programs AND interns who have launched their career from virtual internships.

Expanding Pathways at Goodwill

This month’s blog features Dan, a store manager at Goodwill, who has built a career of removing barriers to work. He is continuing to develop his Agilities, and is helping his team expand their career pathways.

Learn more about the use of Agilities in our partnership with Goodwill of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas.

Read this month’s guest blog

Micro-Internships in Kansas and KC Metro

Kansas and KC metro employers: are you interested in learning more about Micro-Internships and how you can leverage them to support your business goals?

Learn all about this opportunity to engage emerging talent in our upcoming webinar:

Right Time, Right Now, Learn How
May 25 | 11 am – 12 pm
Register now

Career Tools for Your Work or Classroom

Are you looking for a general introduction to the Agilities and how you can leverage them in your work or classroom?

Join us for a 1-hour virtual tour and introduction to The Foundation’s career exploration tools and other resources and learn more about the Agility Advantage.

Agilities Tour
May 27, June 29, or July 20 at 12pm CT
Register now

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