Life Coaching for Teens - It's More Than Youth Mentoring
The Academic Life Coaching Program is a series of skills and concepts delivered by a trained and certified Academic Life Coach that helps students take advantage of the best options available to them. Academic Life Coaching goes beyond youth mentoring by helping students understand how best to learn in school, how they exercise their personal brand of leadership, and how to be more proactive in their lives. The skills teenagers learn now have an exponential impact on their future. Learning these skills helps students avoid common pitfalls and it also changes the upward trajectory of their fulfillment, success, and effectiveness.
How is Coaching Different Than Youth Mentoring?
Overview of the Academic Life Coaching Program
- The Academic Life Coaching Program consists of 10 one-to-one sessions that cover 32 key concepts, providing a student with more stucture than youth mentoring.
- Sessions are usually spaced once every one or two weeks.
- Students take an average of four months to complete the program.
- The length of the program helps students incorporate the concepts into action and habits with a coach to hold them accountable.
- Because a student meets with a coach individually, the coach can tailor the program to the specific needs of each student. Unlike youth mentoring programs, life coaches also communicate directly with parents to design a coaching process that works.
The Three Sections of the Academic Life Coaching Program
I. Learning and Motivation Styles, Foundation for Academic Success
The first third of the program addresses the skills necessary for academic success. Students learn about their own learning styles and exercises that they can use to understand how best to learn in school. The outcome is that students are more confident, feeling comfortable with different thinking, memory, and learning styles.
The section also helps students with organization and creating systems to handle the stress of grades and the college application process. Students will learn the different kinds of organization and learn how to fit those types to different personalities. They will not only learn the concepts but how they can apply those concepts to help their peers.
II. Core Life Coaching Skills
Core Life Coaching skills - such as taking sustainable steps towards goals, identifying and changing perspectives, and aligning values with action - comprise the second third of the program. The Core Life Coaching skills section specifically trains students in the life coaching core skill set, as set out by the International Coach Federation.
III. Personal Leadership and Powerful Communication
The last third of the Academic Life Coaching Program trains students in personal leadership and powerful communication skills. Students are trained in how to elicit effective mission statements and design personal leadership projects that elevate their peers to step up into leadership in their own peer groups, classrooms, families, and communities. The process is beautiful to watch as high school students are trained to help their peers step up into bigger leadership roles.