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. 
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Heather Sneider

Director of Transition Services & Empower U
Phone: 616.447.2437

Empower U North

1655 12 Mile Road NW
Sparta, MI 49345

North Office Staff

John Kleff
Kim Eluskie
Administrative Assistant

Empower U Central

225 Mayfield Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Central Office Staff

Bill Behrendt
Tara Kacher
Administrative Assistant

Empower U South

3600 Byron Center Ave SW
Wyoming, MI 49519

South Office Staff

Nic Bond
Heather Berkenpas
Administrative Assistant