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After establishing the VYC Roots network in the UK three years ago, Debbie exported the initiative successfully into North America in 2020 alongside a VYC Incubator work experience program for 16–18-year-olds. Students on the UK Incubator program from a Black, Asian or Mixed Ethnicity background, or a lower socio-economic background, were eligible for a £10,000 grant to study Business Administration thanks to the partnership Debbie set up between VYC and the Hult Business School. The North American version ran its first 3-month Incubator program last year in partnership with the Bronx Community School. Under Debbie’s leadership VYC achieved the status of ‘Advanced Employer’ from Investing in Ethnicity, and at the 2020 Ethnicity Awards Debbie was listed in the Inspirational Leader Category. Through her connection with the registered charity, Inspiring the Future, Debbie regularly speaks at schools to give insight into the industry and her career pathway.

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