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May 2022 Newsletter


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For many of us, spring represents a time of growth, renewal, and looking ahead to new opportunities. As a newly minted Grad Dad, this spring was particularly meaningful for me as I got to watch my children graduate and start their transition into young adulthood. As their next season unfolds, it will be more important than ever for them to remain agile, building on their skills and passions to move confidently into the opportunities that lie ahead.

For everyone out there “graduating” into their next season, I suggest you take a look at The DeBruce Foundation’s Graduation Toolkit, which can help you explore and reflect on the experiences, skills, and passions that have prepared you for your next steps. In this time of transition, the Toolkit is a terrific way to kickstart your strategy for seeking out opportunities and utilizing your Agilities to become your best self. Enjoy the newsletter and best wishes for a wonderful summer.

Celebrating and Equipping the Class of 2022

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

We’d like to share a gift to help you explore your next steps: the Graduation Toolkit.

The Graduation Toolkit features career resources to help you identify your work skills, explore job opportunities, and plan for the future. Check it out!

Not a graduate, but know one?
Please share!

Harris-Stowe Accelerating Entrepreneurs

Congratulations to the inaugural cohort of the Harris-Stowe State University MECCA Entrepreneurship Accelerator program!

This cohort of previously justice-involved entrepreneurs participated in 8 weeks of programming to build their businesses, gain relevant skills, and tee up for success in the Midwest and beyond.

As Daryl Williams, Senior Director at The DeBruce Foundation and graduation keynote speaker said, “Don’t stop here…the world needs you. You are the innovators of tomorrow.”
Read more in St. Louis Inno

Graduates of the Harris-Stowe University MECCA Entrepreneurship Accelerator

Career Pathways on KC Cares

We recently had the opportunity to be a guest on KC Cares, a radio show and online platform dedicated to telling the stories of local nonprofits and sharing valuable nonprofit news.

Tune in for a peek behind the scenes about how The DeBruce Foundation builds strategic partnerships for accountability and impact.

Leading and modeling lifelong learning

This spring, 17+ cities have hosted 1,400+ learning activities for youth and families as a part of Remake Learning Days!

DeBruce Career Corps members helped lead activities in which youth could explore their Agilities. Youth were able to try out their Agility of…

  • Innovating by making and flying paper airplanes
  • Selling & Communicating by coaching a friend through a maze
  • Serving and Caring by creating a robotic hand

And more! Thank you, DeBruce Career Corps, for your active role in our mission!

Exploring Agilities at Remake Learning Days

In this month’s blog, Kristie Larson, Strategic Relationship Manager, reflects on the role of fun, immersive activities in which youth can get to know their skills, explore their interests, and continue developing them long after.

Read Kristie’s reflection — featuring exclusive interviews with Caroline Larson (10) and Ellie Larson (9).

Building Careers, Little by Little

Thank you to Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City for joining us for continued training recently!

This group of “match specialists” do the important work of connecting Bigs and Littles for meaningful mentoring relationships.

By incorporating our career literacy resources into programming, Bigs and Littles are equipped to connect over workforce skills, career paths, the importance of networking, and more.

Join us for Agilities Training

Are you looking to boost the career literacy of your students, program participants, or clients?

Attend a training to enhance how you and your team can leverage career resources and embed them into your programming:

6/7 Agilities Tour
6/14 Leveraging Agilities & Essential Skills
7/5 Agilities Tour
7/7 Certified Agility Coach Training

View all upcoming opportunities.

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