Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, BCC, ACC
As a scholar, I explore the ways experiences and environments influence perspectives, decision-making, and behavior, and how to succeed through positive change despite barriers. As a coach, I help young people maximize their personal and professional potential, or process through positive, long-term change. As a coach trainer, I combine expertise in research, development, and mentoring to help new coaches master a coaching approach that fits who they are and who they serve.
Maggie Steele, MSW, BCC, ACC
As a coach, Maggie specializes in helping young adults help themselves so that they can build confidence, overcome limiting beliefs and make decisions that resonate with their own, personal values. As a coach trainer at Youth Coaching Institute, Maggie is committed to helping new coaches grow into effective helping professionals.
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Jade Enrique, EdD
Maggie was a great facilitator. She was genuine, kind, and had a level of patience that I have not seen in a long time. She spent time during class, after class, and privately to reassure students about their coaching skills and to help them with extra practice. Her reflections after live coaching practice were simply thought-provoking and inspired me to consistently want to improve and seek out more information and the skills to do so. She made the powerpoints in class come alive with vivid examples and never seemed as if she was reading a script or if she was bored. The classes just seemed like we were having a really great informative discussion that no one wanted to leave. She gave resources that always matched up with what I have seen coming out of the top research journals and universities. But most importantly, whenever I spoke to Maggie I felt heard, understood, and as if she cared about my individual needs as a learner, coach, and as a person.
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.