Meet Our Team

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.






After completing the Progressions program, 94% of senior high school students enrolled in post-secondary education or obtained full-time employment over a 5-year period.

 

 


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.

 

HOW IT WORKS

  

Vision, Mission, and Goals

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.

 


Our mission is to apply leading practices in character coaching to help students of all ages acquire and develop the character resiliency skills necessary to succeed in school, the workforce, and the community.


Our Goals:

• 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.

     

    Executive Director

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    Michael Daniels,
    Executive Director

    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

    Board of Directors

    The School To Career Board of Directors is comprised of a team of highly diverse professionals and community leaders who share a common vision for strengthening communities through equipping students with character and resiliency skills.

    Staff and Interns

    Progressions employs a highly qualified team of Master's level practitioners, and it engages interns from various disciplines including education and social sciences to support program development and delivery. Participating universities include Western Michigan University, Grand Valley State University, the University of Phoenix, Calvin College and Aquinas College.