ABOUT US

Where Passion meets Purpose!

Mission Statement:

To help aspiring young professionals prepare for the global economy by providing access to coaching, job training and professional development.

We believe everyone should have access to help and support so they can reach their fullest potential. At Mission Accomplished we coach, develop and support millennials to become amazing visionary leaders. Our programming prepares millennials to find their purpose, develop their skills and transition into the global workforce, higher education and philanthropy (investing time, talent and treasure into community-based organizations) . We believe millennials have the power to become mature, active and compassionate global citizens. We empower millennials to take responsibility of their future and live a life of purpose. This is why at the core of all our programming is our philosophy that we call “MELC IT”.

“MELC IT” stands for:

Mobilize resources while learning to teach others

Employ and evaluate personal and professional goals by meeting self-directed expectations

Lead by example

Create and apply innovative ideas to real world situations

Initiate projects from start to finish

Take ownership of their own destiny

At Mission Accomplished, we encourage our students to train for success, launch their leadership skills and find their place in the professional world. We encourage all millennials to realize that they are powerful change agents of the global society. Mission Accomplished Coaches work in collaboration with millennials to define their path as they transition into the global job market.

It’s hard not to think about the different ways in which millennials will shape the future. This generation encompasses a creativity, hustle and innovative DNA that has changed the way we shop, live and eat. As we move forward there will be a need for more innovators, disruptors and leaders to fix problems and re-imagine the way we do things.

But how can we best support the leaders of tomorrow?

This is the question Carmen Duncan set out to answer in 2012 when she founded Mission Accomplished. Many Americans have been fortunate enough to not have struggled. We’ve never had to experience homelessness, violence and hunger. Yet, this was Carmen’s path. As a teenage girl she became a young woman who had to circumvent adverse circumstances with the help of family, friends and coaches/mentors who believed in her vision. Her life experiences inspired her to commit herself to “paying it forward” by offering an organization that provides coaches/mentors who recognize the power of all rising young professionals who are hungry to make a difference in their global professional world and their communities and passionate about recognizing the skills they already have while helping them to develop new competencies, improve their self-confidence and pursue their wildest dreams!

Mission Accomplished is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Albany, NY. Mission Accomplished was incorporated December 2012.

The programs and services are influenced by the Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework developed by the National Research Council and Institute for Medicine. “PYD is an approach that favors leadership and skill building opportunities” (Putting Positive Youth Development into Practice, 2007).

PYD encourages us to recognize and cultivate the existing skills, knowledge and experiences of aspiring young professionals.

We support skill strengthening and development by offering:

Transition Coaching: A one-on-one goal achievement process where students define who they are, why they exist in this world and learn how to benefit from an interdependent relationship with a coach. Transition Coaches are like sports coaches, they develop relationships with their “players”, provide instructions, assist with locating and connecting with resources then encourage them to get on the “field” and use their skills and knowledge to win the game of life.

Group Coaching:  We design project-based group coaching programs around specific professional industries to help employers screen candidates and job candidates prepare for specific careers. The programs support personal growth, professional advancement, skill development and opportunities to apply skills in real life situations, explore career options and connect with industry professionals, internships and employment. By the completion of the coaching sessions customers will be masters at skill strengthening, critical thinking, taking initiative, have a vision for their future and be able to take on leadership roles within the global workforce and their communities.

At Mission Accomplished we believe it takes a village to achieve any goal. This is why we partner with businesses to assure that our industry-specific coaching and training programs offer the most relevant information and connect students to industry professionals. Industry-specific coaching and training programs help millennials to understand the expectations of specific positions, explore careers and navigate the right steps toward the industry they aspire to work within; and allows us to work alongside businesses to pre-screen and develop future employees. This form of coaching helps build a bridge of understanding between the candidate and companies/industries.

Our strategic partners help us strengthen communities by connecting families, schools, government, businesses and other entities to share in the success of developing the future workforce. Our partners are sponsors that invest their time, talent and/or treasure into the students. Help create a better future and community by becoming a strategic partner! Click here to learn about strategic partner opportunities or contact Carmen at 518-207-0209 or email .

We appreciate the strategic partners who have helped us help students:

Roxanne Wright, Board Chair

Todd French, Secretary

Lynn Rothenberg, Board member

Carmen Duncan

Carmen Duncan is a social entrepreneur and the CEO and Founder of Mission Accomplished Transition Services. Carmen established the organization in 2012 with a vision to create a professional and personal development resource that recognizes the potential and power of aspiring young professionals. She joined the journey of social entrepreneurship with a clear agenda to motivate aspiring young professionals to: define their life’s purpose, take ownership of their life journey, gain a better understanding of their worth and power, discover the inherent valuable skills they will offer to the global workforce, identify and utilize resources to help them meet their goals and connect them to employment, pursue higher education and other meaningful resources that promote them as qualified, skilled candidates.

Through her leadership Mission Accomplished is able to challenge the status quo and break barriers with and for aspiring young professionals. As the organization grows she is committed to assuring the business model is sustainable and scalable.

Gonzo Estupinan

Gonzo Estupinan is an aspiring social entrepreneur who is originally from New York city. He graduated from Trinity College in 2007 and from Wake Forest in 2014. He has extensive experience within the creative/advertising industry. His previous work includes setting up after-school programs in high-need areas in the Bronx under a GEAR UP grant. It was at this job where he realized the importance of mentorship and youth development.

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