Our History.


PROPEL, Inc.; People Reaching Out to Provide Education & Leadership was founded in 2004 with a mission to support academic advancement, leadership development and post-secondary planning for middle and high school aged students who attend Title 1 schools.  PROPEL is dedicated to supporting the academic and social-emotional needs of the most vulnerable in our community. Providing programming to adolescents who are systemically under served, PROPEL fosters self-sufficiency and supports the development of strategies to overcome obstacles.


PROPEL partners with Title I schools to identify students who would benefit the most from participation.  PROPEL provides after-school programming for approximately 76 high risk/low income students during the school year.  Each day, participants are transported by PROPEL from their school to the program site and then in the evening are transported home, eliminating the burden of transportation cost and logistics for working parents and caregivers.  PROPEL understands that all hard-working students deserve a real opportunity to earn an affordable, high-quality degree or credentials that offer a clear path to civic engagement, economic security, and success.

PROPEL students receive tutoring and homework help in a positive learning environment equipped with computer and internet access. PROPEL’s goal is to launch students with the capacity to lead an authentic life and leave their own unique mark on the world.

PROPEL has a full program calendar; offering physical activities, Leadership Council and Financial Literacy Education. PROPEL’s High School students are offered Post-Secondary support; including Scholarship application support College Tours and Internship placement.

PROPEL rising Juniors and Seniors participate in 1600 SAT Drive; test strategy and preparation classes. On average participating students have increased their SAT scores to 1100; a requirement for college admission and scholarship opportunities. PROPEL tracks academic progress and each student receives an Individual Success Plan (ISP) to address their unique strengths and learning style.

PROPEL staff are committed to building positive relationships to encourage and inspire students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. As part of the daily rhythm of programming, PROPEL students participate in planning, cooking and serving a full evening meal. This is a time of community bonding and an opportunity for students to practice their relationship building skills with each other, staff and volunteers.