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September 2022 Newsletter


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Hello everyone,

My name is David, I’m a senior in high school, and I recently joined the DeBruce Career Corps. I’m excited about this because, in this role, I’ll get to advise on initiatives that help people find what they want to do and what they want to be in life.

I have experience myself with initiatives like this: Last year, I was a ProX intern at Urban Rangers, and my team was pitching an idea for a new community center. We needed someone to design the layout of the building. So, I downloaded a free blueprint app on the computer and put a design together. I learned as I went, and immediately, I loved it. When I brought my design back to my team, my mentor couldn’t believe what I’d put together. They said to me, “You know, you could make this a career.”

I had such a meaningful experience that I returned again as an intern this summer. And, I’m happy to share that my team’s pitch won the grand prize this year! It was the best feeling.

Because of these experiences, I found my passion. It helped me figure out how I can use my skills and passions in a career, and now I’m on my way to becoming an architect.

Here’s to pursuing our passions and helping others find theirs,

Expanding career pathways statewide

We’re pleased to announce the state of Indiana has partnered with The DeBruce Foundation to roll out an innovative career assessment and exploration platform.

The Indiana Career Explorer is a free career and education planning tool designed to empower the Indiana economy. The Agile Work Profiler is a featured assessment on the INCE to help individuals identify their skills and interests to better explore workforce opportunities.

Read the press release on this exciting public-private partnership to expand career pathways throughout Indiana.

Agilities at the University of Saint Mary

University of Saint Mary students participated in sessions about the Agile Work Profiler during their New Student Orientation! The lessons, led by certified Agilities Coach and USM Director of Student Success, Dr. Michael Padow, were designed to help students understand their Agilities and guide them in elevating their resumes, cover letters, and interview skills.

Has your organization been using the Agile Work Profiler? Let us know at for a chance to be featured!

Mark your calendar for November 15th

Join us on 11/15 at 1pm CT as we release a first-of-its-kind report on employment empowerment.

Amidst a dynamic workforce, our new research explores the role of career literacy and networks in building resilient careers.

The report, Working Smarter: Driving Employment Empowerment with Career Literacy + Networks, provides actionable insights for workforce development professionals, educators, and all who are invested in helping individuals build thriving careers. Reserve your spot.

KC Business Journal’s nonprofit leaders to know

Big congratulations to Dr. Leigh Anne Taylor Knight, our Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, for being named one of Kansas City Business Journal’s 20 Nonprofit Leaders to Know.

Leigh Anne, thank you for using your top Agilities of Innovating and Developing Others to expand career pathways in Kansas City and beyond!

Read more and get to know all 20 leaders.

Make48 on PBS

The newest season of Make48 is now airing on PBS!

Make48 is an invention challenge in which makers from across the nation have 48 hours to vision, develop, and bring a new idea to life!

We love that Make48 levels the playing field by providing a network of mentors, access to equipment, and the knowledge needed for their invention.

Tune in as these teams leverage new skills, follow their passions, and expand their networks, all while competing for the grand prize! Check it out.

816 Award celebrating the ProX Initiative

This summer, ProX connected 400 high school students to professional experiences, where they gained real world experience, explored career opportunities, and earned $1,250 plus academic credit.

Alongside our ProX partners, we were honored recently to receive the 816 Award from the City of Kansas City, Missouri for helping make our city a great place to be.

We Work for Change

DeBruce Career Corps members played an important role in United WE‘s recent We Work For Change event!

Annalia asked keynote speaker, retired Lieutenant General Nadja West, an important question about how young people can become leaders, and Justine closed the event, inspiring us to keep empowering women.

We were honored to be the youth and young professionals’ sponsor, and we are so proud of this next generation’s participation in expanding career pathways and economic opportunity for all women!

The power of an idea

Kellye Crockett, Founding Director of the Dan & Cassidy Towriss IDEA Space KC, writes about the impact of STEAM education and experiential learning:

By giving students early experiences and equipping them with the Agile Work Profiler and all the amazing Agility tools, students grow more comfortable and confident…. This is a place where students can see themselves in STEAM careers.” Read more

Join us for a training

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

10/4 & 10/18 Agilities Tour
10/11 Activating Your Agilities
10/26-27 Certified Agility Coach Training

View all upcoming opportunities.

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