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November 2022 Newsletter


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Happy National Career Development Month!

It’s our favorite time of year at The DeBruce Foundation, and we’re celebrating by sharing some new research with you.

We’re excited about this research for so many reasons: it gives us a glimpse at what American workers need right now, it provides tangible direction for our organizational partners and us, and most of all, it provides research-backed information on how we can best help people develop their careers.

The good news: 3 of 10 people have what they need to build empowered careers.
The bad news: 7 of 10 people don’t have what they need to build empowered careers.
The hopeful newswe can change this.

I invite you to check out our new research below. Together, we can change the outlook of careers.

New research on building empowered careers

What does it take to build careers with higher wages, less risk of unemployment, better benefits, and more?

We are thrilled to release our new research on Employment Empowerment. It answers the above questions and details tangible next steps for educators, workforce professionals, and civic leaders.

Together, we can help build empowered careers and a resilient workforce.

Read the report, Working Smarter: Driving Employment Empowerment with Career Literacy + Networks.

Changing the playing field with micro-internships

“[The Kansas Micro-Internship program] will change the playing field for many students, particularly community college students and students from rural areas.”

Read more from the Kiowa County Signal about how the Kansas Micro-Internship Program, a joint effort between The DeBruce Foundation, Parker Dewey, Kansas Board of Regents, and Kansas Department of Commerce, is helping career launchers and businesses alike. Visit the article.

Catch the latest episode of Education Evolution

Check out Education Evolution, a podcast that seeks to disrupt the status quo in education and highlights what’s broken in our systems, who’s fixing it, and how.

In this episode, Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight and host Maureen O’Shaughnessy discuss why employment empowerment needs to be on every educator’s radar, and why this is the missing piece in career development and growth. Listen to the podcast.

The case for STEM ecosystems

TIES, the designer and co-creator of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, recently released a briefing book exploring the work of STEM Ecosystems across the country.

This briefing book, compiled in connection with the $52 billion CHIPS and Science Act, lays out the case for how STEM Ecosystems are drivers and leaders for meaningful and measurable gains in STEM at a time when our country needs them.

View the webinar to launch the briefing book.

Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight and leaders across the country were featured panelists to launch the CHIPS Act Briefing Book

SETDA Leadership Summit

We’re proud to support the SETDA Leadership Summit, recently convening 150+ state education technology directors and policy makers!

We appreciate their leadership and creative problem solving so that all students have access to quality education tools and resources.

Leaders had the opportunity to recharge with Patti Dobrowolski of Up Your Creative Genius. As they participated in Draw Your Future with Agilities, they considered the skills they will need as their respective roles continue to change and evolve.

Youth helping kick off Remake Learning Days

DeBruce Career Corps members, Faith, Anyshya, David, and Breanna, were vital help as KC STEM Alliance and community partners kicked off the planning of Remake Learning Days!

From welcoming guests, to weighing in on table conversations, to presenting ideas, these students played important roles in creating youth programming in their city. Learn more about Remake Learning Days.

Building an empowered career path

This month’s blog comes to us from Justine Patterson, a cohort member with Rung for Women, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization that helps women advance their careers.

Justine reflects on her career journey and the ways career literacy and her network helped her build a life and career she “never could have imagined a year ago.”

Read Justine’s reflection.

Join us for a training

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

12/6 & 1/3 Agilities Tour
12/13 & 1/10 Activating Your Agilities
1/12-13 Agility Coach Training

View all upcoming opportunities.

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