Training Reviews

“The Youth Coaching Institute teaches students science-based coaching methods that have been proven to work. Each class provides participants with a deeper understanding of the psychology behind coaching while giving them the tools and resources needed to coach effectively. As a result, students walk away from the training feeling confident in their skills and ready to support youth in making positive changes at home, in school, and in life.” – Maggie, Portland, OR

“I leave every class feeling more prepared and more encouraged to do my work as a coach. Coaching is a serious and pivotal helping profession. YCI sets the standard in coach training by treating it with the seriousness and quality it deserves. I cannot recommend YCI enough to anyone who wants to enter the coaching profession or master their skills as a coach.” – Davida, A., MS, BCC, Fort Lauderdale, FL

“Being in the people business, I thought I knew a lot about Coaching until I entered the CYLC program. I was absolutely blown away at how little I really knew. Leah B. Mazzola is an incredible coach and trainer. I recommend her with the highest regard. Her ability to blend professionalism with a down to earth coaching style is remarkable. For the first time in a long time I actually look forward to learning and growing myself as a coach. If you’re looking for comprehensive coaching training that fits your busy lifestyle, this is perfect for you.” – Reko H., Dallas, TX

“The CYLC/CYMC Training program is a well organized, well thought out, and well delivered program. The material covered and the way it is presented to the trainees (open for questions and comments throughout) provides an excellent learning environment. Also, the fact that the instructional portion of the training is recorded and available to play back if needed is great! After covering the material for the week there is always a demonstration, which helps to pull everything together and provides a better understanding of what you are reading in the books and handouts. The practice sessions with other trainees is also a great way to practice what you have learned. I’ve actually personally benefited from just from going through the practice sessions with other coach trainees, being coached. Sometimes you just need to talk things out even though you really already know the answers to what you want to be doing with yourself and your life. Overall, great course!” – Jeremiah B., Wayne, NJ

“I would highly recommend the Youth Coaching Institute to anyone who is pursuing a career in life and career coaching. Leah has the incredible ability to keep training intellectually challenging, professionally evolving and personally beneficial. There is never a dull moment as she encourages all participants to contribute to the learning environment. Earning certification from Youth Coaching Institute offers trainees the added bonus of learning the current science-base in coaching, positive psychology, and ACT while developing coaching skills.” – Dr .Olga G., Dallas, TX

“As an educator, I’m no stranger to learning something new. However, as a first time coach, I have to admit that many of coaching concepts can be very intimidating! Thankfully the CYLC program is well planned and strategic. The readings reinforce all of the theory, while the visuals and practice bring the research to life in real world scenarios. Best of all, class only meets once a week and can fit just about anyone’s schedule. So if you are truly looking to make a difference in the lives of others, the CYLC program needs to be your first step. And if you are like me you will definitely learn something about yourself in the process!” – Mark B., Dallas, TX

“I have been enrolled in this wonderful program for 10 weeks now and I can honestly say that it is changing my life. Leah is a great teacher and mentor. She offers profound insight and challenges your thinking while supporting you throughout the coursework and classes. Every day we meet as a class, we all marvel at how much we are learning, changing, and growing. This course is invaluable! It offers lessons that will enrich your life as well as your client’s lives. The tuition is affordable and the classes are convenient.” -Tori D. E., MS, LPC, Dallas, TX

“As I reflect on my journey thus far in this Certified Youth Mentor Coach and Certified Youth Leadership Coach Training Program, I can’t help but be overwhelmed with gratitude to our facilitators, especially Leah Mazzola, for the expert guidance and support she extends to us during our weekly training sessions. I am thankful for the personal and professional growth; and the life changing skills I have gained in this training. They have not only changed my view of the world, but have given me confidence to pursue and become the person I wish to be in life. This training has given me both the access to an invaluable coaching toolbox and the science base to back it up. I would encourage all those who wish to make a positive impact in their communities while experiencing unmatched transformation in all spheres of their own lives to consider this training program.” – Bakali M., Boston, MA

“Leah has the incredible ability to reach people of all socioeconomic and educational levels. Her “go with the flow” style of coaching adds a personal touch to make anyone feel comfortable when being coached, trained, or mentored. She has the ability to relate to any situation and the passion she has for this service is undeniable.” – Willie E., Dallas ,TX

“Working with Leah at the Youth Coaching Institute has been a wonderful experience. She is extremely knowledgeable in working with youth as well as adults. Not only does she bring a wealth of empirically based evidence to support her coaching methods, she also brings fun and humor, like using movie references to elaborate on coaching concepts. Gaining certification from the Youth Coaching Institute has not only expanded my professional knowledge of values and personal growth, but also has allowed me to explore these concepts in my own life. I would recommend this program to anyone that is interested in becoming a coach.” – Keegan K., Fondulac, WI

“I’ve utilized the skills that I’ve learned from the program to help improve myself personally and professionally in the workplace. I strongly recommend the CYLC program to those who want to make a difference by giving back to the community and helping those in need.” – Jennifer O., Lewisville, TX

“YCI’s youth coach training program is incredible. I am nearing the end of my training, and I have learned more than I could have hoped. My strengths as a coach have been reinforced, and my toolkit as a coach is larger than ever. I’ve been able to practice what I’ve learned with my peers in the course, and we have all grown together. I am on currently coaching my first practice client, as are some of my peers. The experience of coaching real clients is quintessential to growth as a coach; it has given me the opportunity to put my coaching skills to the test on a weekly basis, while continuing to grow my knowledge and skills through coaching training. I could not have asked for better – I highly recommend this training program to anyone interested in becoming a trained Youth Coach.” – Bradley W., Plano, TX

“I started the coaching training program with YCI in September.  The program provides me the opportunity to gain understanding of the curriculum and practice what I have learned.  YCI provides many resources and tools useful in becoming an effective youth coach, which caters to all types of learners.  One thing that I have gained, which was unexpected, was a deeper understanding of who I am and what I want because I have an opportunity to coach or be coached every week!!  I would definitely recommend this program to anyone with the goal of coaching teens.  I would also recommend it to anyone in a leadership position.” – Foxye J., RN, Dallas, TX

“When I began life coach training with Leah Mazzola, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I came into the class with a 20 year background in Student Ministry, communication, conference development, and working with people most of my adult life, so I spent a lot of time talking\counseling with students and parents about an assortment of issues. As the class began, I quickly realized that this class was not only going to broaden my abilities professionally, but it was also going to challenge me as a person. Leah is a fantastic teacher, and takes the coaching profession very seriously. She teaches with passion and excitement that is contagious, and I found myself anticipating class each week to learn more. After completing the course, I feel I have a clear understanding of  the life coaching approach, and a great foundation\education to begin my own journey coaching others. I highly recommend Leah’s class!” – Steven C., Forney, TX

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