It’s hard not to think about the different ways in which millennial students who are in high school, college and trade school 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 “Coach 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 the career(s) they want to pursue, who they are, why they exist in this world and learn how to benefit from an interdependent relationship with a coach. Th they work with a Transition Coach to design an customized industry-specific coaching program that will lead them to a path of getting clear on their goals, making the right connections and gaining access to opportunities that will lead to employment in their desired industry.
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 industry-specific group coaching programs around specific professional industries to help employers screen candidates and career candidates prepare for specific careers. The programs support personal growth, professional development and advancement, opportunities to apply skills in real life professional situations, explore career options and connect with industry professionals, apprenticeships and employment. By the completion of the coaching sessions students will have improved their ability to think critically, take initiative, have a vision for their future and prepared to take on leadership roles within the global workforce and their communities.