Our Mission and Goals
We’re a community of social change agents who experienced our share of struggles through “high-risk” circumstances as adolescents. We managed to overcome the odds, find a way to thrive, and establish lives we can be proud of. Now, we’re committed to reaching back and supporting the next generation of young people who’ve yet to see the light on the other side of their struggle.
Our mission is two-fold. First, to help young people navigate the challenges unique to the adolescent to young adult transition through evidence-based coaching. Second, to train caring adults and youth serving professionals to do the same.
Our goal is to help fill a support gap for struggling young people, one coach at a time. The unique needs of our audience require developmentally appropriate and research-informed practice. To this end, our services integrate relevant psychology theories and evidence-based models adapted for application in a coaching context. Our content is continuously updated to ensure our services are informed by the most current research.
• Life skills training and coaching for individuals and groups ages 14-24
• Behavioral science-based life, academic, and career discovery focused content
Life Coach Training and Certification
• Foundational coach specific training and certification including practice and supervision for novice coaches
• Mentor Coaching for International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach applicants
• Coach relevant continuing education for certified coaches
Program Development Consulting
• Program research and development for youth-serving organizations offering youth coaching and mentoring
"As a seasoned mental health professional who has dabbled in different models of practice, I came to YCI thinking that there was not much that I was going to learn that I did not already know about asking questions. However, I was proven incorrect. It was not necessarily new questioning techniques that I learned but when and where to place them coupled with the evidenced-based reason of why I was doing so. Being trained in mental health and other fields themselves, they also knew the fine line between coaching and other disciplines and helped students to be able to clearly differentiate where that line is. So many coaching programs and/or facilitators don't give the depth and breadth of background information that YCI does; which can lead to sticky situations at times. Overall, my clinical skills as a practitioner and critical thinking skills were stretched in new ways. I am excited to take clients on this new journey with these skills that I have learned."
Coaching vs. Therapy - What's the
Coaches and therapists share a common goal – to enhance well-being and outcomes for those they serve. Some therapists are also coaches. Some coaches are also therapists. Deciding which is the best fit for the client depends on their needs and goals. Keep in mind, the same client may work with a therapist and a coach to address different needs and goals. It doesn’t have to be a question of one or the other. Here’s an overview of the primary differences:
The patient is struggling with dysfunction related to psychological issues, concerns, or symptoms that interfere with daily tasks.
The patient needs help coping, alleviating pain, or distress related to trauma, disorders, or illness.
The patient wants to work through the problems and get back to normalcy.
The patient is looking for a mental health professional to help them overcome and live well again.
The client is functional and does fine with daily tasks. The client is considered psychologically normal and copes well enough.
The client wants to be better, grow, or set and achieve higher goals.
The client wants to improve performance, relationships, or life satisfaction.
The client is looking for a success partner to help facilitate the next level of growth, advancement, or change.
Past, present, and future focused
Problem-or solution-focused, it varies
Can be strength-based, it varies
The therapist does offer advice, opinions, and solutions
The therapist is viewed as the expert to help resolve or process what’s wrong
Psychological testing, diagnosis, and treatment
Present and future focused
Solution-focused and action-oriented
The coach does not offer advice, opinions, or solutions
The coach facilitates the client’s progress, growth, and resourcefulness
The coach helps the client build competencies and develop their own solutions. No diagnosing or treating.
We promote thriving together Therapists often refer clients to coaches as a next level of support. Therapists help clients get back to normalcy and begin moving onto thriving. Coaches can pick up the work from there to support clients as they continue to set and achieve meaningful goals and build skills for ongoing success.