Desistance and Positive Reform Coaching

For Juveniles and Emerging Adults with a History of Non-Violent Delinquency or Criminality Who Are Ready to Positive Change

We specialize in transition support for young people who are committed to desisting delinquent behavior and working toward positive change. Dr. Mazzola is an ex-juvenile offender who successfully navigated her own positive reform and went onto achieve her PhD in Forensic Psychology. She integrates her personal experience as a successful long-term desistor, extensive formal research in desistance and positive change, and coaching expertise to support young people committed to reform. DPR clients work directly with Dr. Mazzola. Read more about her contribution to the desistance science in her book: How We Did It: A Guide for Juvenile and Emerging Adult Offenders Ready for Positive Reform. Here’s an excerpt of her story:

I lived a lifestyle of delinquency and heavy, hard drug abuse from the ages of 12-17. At 17, I decided to do better with my life. I chose to stop my harmful behaviors and replace them with working to build a life I could be proud of. Through that work, I made it out to achieve success in ways I never would’ve dreamed of back then. Sadly, I have close loved ones who lost their lives to early death, and those who lost their freedom and opportunities to long-term sentences or addictions that keep them down. The sobering reality of those outcomes fuels my passion for this work. I write this for those who don’t believe positive, long-term change is possible, or that they’re worth the time and effort. It is and you are. Plenty have succeeded before you...You and your life are too valuable to waste. You have so much good to offer this world. You just need to figure out what that is and use it well.

- Leah B. Mazzola, PhD

The Program - For 16-20-year-olds

Stage 1 - Desist & Shift (6 Months)

Twice weekly meetings for 24 weeks. Includes, one 90-minute group session weekly that covers behavioral science education and life skills training + one 45-minute individual coaching session weekly. Primary objective is to stop harmful behaviors and replace them with working to build a life the client can be proud of.

Stage 2 - Persist & Assist (6 Months)

Once weekly training sessions for 24 weeks. Successful desistors are trained as peer mentor coaches to assist other young people working toward positive reform. Two-hour training sessions include introduction to basic coaching skills, coaching demonstrations, practice, and supervision.

Desistance and Positive Reform Coaching & Training

Groups are limited to EIGHT clients
$ 400
  • For 16-20-year-olds with a history of non-violent delinquency or criminality
  • 12 months of weekly support including, education, coaching, and training
  • Twice weekly meetings for 6 months includes, 1 group training and coaching session + 1 45-minute individual coaching session weekly
  • Once weekly meetings for next 6 months - Successful desistors are trained as peer mentor coaches
  • SCHEDULE: Next session begins Tuesday, 11/19/19, with the group session meeting weekly, Tuesdays, and 1:1 sessions occurring weekly, Thursdays or Fridays, as scheduled by Dr. Mazzola and each client
  • Central Dallas, TX meeting location is pending confirmation
  • Monthly installments are due in advance of each month's sessions to continue participation.
Limited Slots

Starting from a somewhat hopeless place, through Leah’s coaching, I was able to see the potential and abilities I still had. Working through strategies and plans together that would put me on a more positive straight path, helped me overcome some depression. Leah continues to encourage me and keep me looking for opportunities.

– 19-Year-Old Client, Dallas, TX

About Youth Coaching Institute

Behavioral science-based coaching services for youth, emerging adults, and youth-serving professionals. We offer life skills training, individual and group coaching for youth ages 14-24; and life coach training and certification for youth-serving professionals.

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