Empower U

Our Mission

Empower U, in partnership with our community, provides specialized instruction and opportunities specific to employment and independent living skills necessary for young adults to live a purposeful and productive life.

See the 2023-24 Empower U school calendar.

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Core Skills

  • Adult Living Skills
  • Community Participation
  • Employability

Mission Implementation

  • We provide opportunities to practice and learn skills on job sites and in the community.
  • We provide instructional resources to meet young adults’ postsecondary vision in the areas of independent living, employment, and community participation.
  • We are committed to empowering young adults to reach their maximum potential and to encourage self-advocacy.
  • We provide opportunities and resources for young adults to communicate authentically, in all environments and advocate for their vision.
  • We provide positive behavior intervention supports and social emotional learning.
  • We are committed to partnering with families and collaborating with community supports and agencies.
  • We are committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for all young adults.
  • We are committed to improving outcomes for all students through continuous improvement and implementing a system of supports. 

Mayfield Building (Main)

225 Mayfield Ave NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503


Straight School

850 Chatham St. NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504



Office Staff

John Kleff
Lead Administrator
Nic Bond
Assistant Administrator
Sheila Ewing
Administrative Assistant
Tara Kacher
Administrative Assistant