We're Passionate About Helping Youth Build Character
Founded in 2000, School-to-Career Progressions is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that began as a derivative of Cascade Engineering's highly successful Welfare-To-Career Program, which achieved an 80% retention rate in hiring welfare recipients.
Using this model, Progressions has partnered with Northeast Middle, Godwin Middle, Wyoming Middle, William C. Abney Academy and Central and Union High schools to offer character coaching and career training programs within the school curriculum.
In 2007, in collaboration with the Kent District 17th Circuit Court and the Grand Rapids Police Department, Progressions also began offering its character-development program to at-risk youth through a Diversion Program. This program targets first-time juvenile offenders in order to reduce the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) within the Kent County justice system. According to a Kent County Family Division Judge, of the more than 500 students who have successfully completed this program, nearly 90% were not referred by police to the court within the following year.
We envision a world where character skills are an integral part of the educational system, where students enter the workforce with the skills necessary to succeed, and where local businesses and the surrounding communities are healthy and vibrant.
• To develop thoughtful leaders and develop best practices in character coaching;
• To develop and deliver resources and methods for teaching character coaching;
• To apply multimedia methods of character coaching to students of all ages;
• To train educators, practitioners, community leaders, and others in character coaching.
Michael Daniels developed the highly effective and research-supported, "I have, I will, and I see” approach to character development through his own early life experiences. Michael grew up in the inner-city of Grand Rapids, attended the public schools and learned first-hand how challenging school, work and life can be. Michael tragically lost his mother due to domestic violence when he was five.Meet Michael