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September 2021 Newsletter


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As Community Relations Coordinator, I’m privileged to see firsthand the ways our community cares for one another. Throughout my career in the nonprofit sector, serving others has given me purpose and helped me understand how I fit into the world around me. As you might guess, one of my top Agilities is Serving and Caring!

As a mom of two teenagers, The Foundation’s work is also personal to me. The Foundation’s tools have assisted my son and daughter in exploring possible careers, and I’m eager to watch them pursue their interests and passions in the workforce.

I’m grateful to be surrounded by people – like you – who are dedicated to bettering our community! I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter.

More Resources for Your Agilities

Now, when you take the Agile Work Profiler, not only will you receive a ranked list of your workforce strengths and interests, but you’ll now also receive…

  • Videos to get to know each Agility
  • Specific tips for your interviews, resumes, and cover letters
  • Ways to use and grow your Agilities

Check it out and get to know your Agilities

Welcome, Kristie!

Join us in welcoming the newest member of The DeBruce Foundation team!

Kristie Larson joins us as Strategic Relationships Manager, focusing on building innovative collaborations with partners. 

Kristie has a decorated background in agriculture education and serves as Affiliate and Special Projects Coordinator at the American Royal Association and the curator of the American Royal Museum.

True to her title, Kristie loves building relationships and will look forward to connecting with you. Welcome, Kristie!

Increasing Internship Access & Reducing Crime

As Kansas City grapples with community violence, a new youth internship program is aiming to change the trajectory of at-risk teens. The model has helped cut crime and boost graduation rates in Omaha, and is showing early signs of success here.”

We’re proud to support the Working for Youth initiative, led by KC Common Good, and we’re grateful to all the partners involved in helping youth expand their career pathways.

Listen or read more at KCUR

Living a Life of Influence

Congratulations to Senior Consultant, Dr. Charles “Doc” West, on being recognized as a Man of Influence by the Atlanta Business League!

We’re grateful for his career-long commitment to expanding pathways to economic growth, and we’re honored to have him on our team.

Learn more about Doc

Free 1/2 Day Workshop for College Students

College students: looking for an internship?

You’re invited to a free, 1/2 day virtual workshop to help you find, land, and succeed in your next internship!

vShips Success Workshop
October 8, 10 AM – 2 PM CT
Register for free

Join us to update your resume and LinkedIn, learn how you can leverage your strengths and interests in the workforce, make connections to apply for your next opportunity, and learn how to impress at that big interview. RSVP now.

“Making” Career Pathways with Make48

At Make48, teams have 48 hours to create, develop, and bring a new idea to life!

Innovators from all walks of life get to gain new skills, experiences, and exposure throughout the challenge. By taking the Agile Work Profiler, they get to see how their strengths and interests line up with workforce activities.

Knowing your Agilities can help you explore career paths, build your current career, or pivot to a completely new one.”

Read more from Make48

Advancing Equity

We’re honored to have been selected to present at the 2021 Equity in Missouri Higher Education Summit!

Hosted by the Missouri Department of Higher Education & Workforce Development, this annual convening highlights best practices and new ideas to make the college experience more equitable, affordable, and accessible. Register now

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