Frequently Asked Questions
All training, supervision, and practicum is completed 100% virtually and available internationally via live Zoom webinar and/or telephone conference calling.
Candidates must be
18 years old or older
Tip: Our training programs are ideal for professionals working directly with tweens, teens, and/or emerging adults, professionals leading organizations serving these populations, or those who aim to serve this audience in some capacity.
Coaching is a helping profession focused on learning and growth. Thus, it is a wonderful skillset addition for those in or interested in a career path within helping professions or education (e.g., human resources, counseling, social work, human services, leadership, nursing, teaching, public health, etc.)
Trainees who complete our programs most often apply their skills in the following ways:
– Coaching as a side gig for access to deep, meaningful work and extra income around a full-time job
– Coaching as a professional career path
– Adding coaching skills to enhance their work with tweens, teens, or young adults
– Coaching in a volunteer or mentoring capacity
Training progression is as follows for those pursuing youth life coach certification:
Stage 1 Only – Basic Coaching Skills – for parents or teachers of tweens, teens, or emerging adults who want to learn to support and empower them more effectively through this challenging life stage but do not have any interest in a coaching specific work role.
Stages 1-2 – Certified Youth Well-being Coach – for adults who serve tweens, teens, or young adults and want to add coaching skills to enhance their services.
Stages 1-4 – Certified Youth Resilience Coach – for adults who serve tweens, teens, or young adults and want to pursue a professional coaching career, establish a private coaching business, or supervise coaching staff. This program is Level 1 International Coaching Federation Accredited. It’s also approved by the Center for Credentialing & Education for Board Certified Coach applicants.
Stage 4 Only – ICF Group Mentor Coaching – for coaches who will be pursuing higher credentialing through the International Coaching Federation and did not complete their 10 mentor coaching hours as part of their foundational coach training program. This is the 10 hours of mentor coaching required for the ICF ACC or PCC application.
Stage 5 Only – Specialty Certifications – Certified Academic Resilience Coach and Certified Career Discovery Coach – for certified coaches who have already completed at least 60 hours of ICF approved training and want to add academic and career coaching specializations to their work.
Yes! Our live youth life coach training program is delivered in four stages.
The Certified Youth Well-being Coach trainees only complete the first two stages (14 weeks).
You can register for the 14-week CYWC program and either
1) upgrade to the higher level (25-week Certified Youth Resilience Coach) program by week 7 to remain with your current cohort all the way through
2) come back to complete Stages 3-4 at a later date to earn your Certified Youth Resilience Coach designation and qualify to apply for the ICF ACC.
**Our Certified Youth Well-being Coach path was formerly known as the Certified Youth Transition Coach path. Our content is the same. The fresh name is more aligned with the heart of the work.
Our Stages 1-2 (Certified Youth Well-being Coach) and Stages 1-4 (Certified Youth Resilience Coach) training programs have an 80% live attendance requirement.
All live classes are recorded so that those who have an allowed absence are able to watch the recording to submit a missed class makeup summary to earn credit.
If you were scheduled to coach the day of your absence, you would also need to complete a makeup practice coaching session outside of class.
Life happens! Your well-being is our priority. If you need to pause your training, you can transfer to a later cohort to complete your training up to one year from the date of your withdrawal from your current cohort.
Absolutely not. Your basic coaching skills are generally applicable to any coaching appropriate audience – tweens, teens, and adults of all ages. The behavioral science knowledge you’ll gain is also generally applicable. You are practicing coaching peer trainees who are adults of all ages with various backgrounds, experiences, and cultures during your in-class training. That means, you’re learning to coach adults of all ages through this program. Because your training with us is International Coaching Federation-approved, you also qualify to obtain a higher credential through the ICF upon successful completion with us. The ICF’s designations are general professional coaching designations accepted in most coaching related roles.
We do! Here are our options:
CE – Basic Coaching Skills for Individuals – Open to parents, teachers, supervisors, or other supportive adults to tweens, teens, or emerging adults who want to learn the nondirective coaching approach to improve communication and relationships with the adolescents in their life, but have no interest in a coaching related job.
CE – Coaching Adolescents (Video Lecture Series) – Open to coaches certified by an ICF- or CCE-approved coach training organization who are seeking supplemental training for coaching youth and emerging adults. The complete training program consists of 16 hours of self-study training. International Coach Federation-credentialed coaches may use this training toward Resource Development CE for the maximum 16 hours of self-paced courses allowed for ICF credential renewal. See the ICF’s “self-paced courses and other self-study guidelines. Board Certified Coaches through the Center for Credentialing & Education may use these hours toward self-study CE. See the CCE’s CE guidelines.
CE – Career Discovery Coaching (Video Lecture Series) – Open to coaches certified by an ICF- or CCE-approved coach training organization who are seeking supplemental training to coach youth through the career planning process. The complete training program consists of 19 hours of self-study training. International Coach Federation-credentialed coaches may use this training toward Resource Development CE for the maximum 16 hours of self-paced courses allowed for ICF credential renewal. See the ICF’s “self-paced courses and other self-study guidelines. Board Certified Coaches through the Center for Credentialing & Education may use these hours toward self-study CE. See the CCE’s CE guidelines.
CE – Single 1-Hour Class Modules in Evidence-Based Coaching Methods (Video Lectures) – (Options: Introduction to Motivational Interviewing for Coaches, Positive Psychology Primer for Coaches, Mindfulness for Coaching, Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Coaching) Open to certified coaches seeking coach continuing education in evidence-based methods. These single class recordings are pulled from our live 30-week youth life coach training program.
International Coach Federation-credentialed coaches may use this training toward Resource Development CE for the maximum 16 hours of self-paced courses allowed for ICF credential renewal. See the ICF’s “self-paced courses and other self-study guidelines. Board Certified Coaches through the Center for Credentialing & Education may use these hours toward self-study CE. See the CCE’s CE guidelines.
Basic Coaching Skills for Organizations (Video Lecture Series) – Available to organizations employing staff or volunteer coaches who practice under the supervision of a coach certified by an ICF- or CCE-approved program. This series is not intended to serve as a stand-alone training or certification program for coaches. It is intended to serve as a training primer. Coaching is an applied discipline. Therefore, it is highly recommended that staff or volunteer coaches experience formal training in a synchronous setting wherein they have an opportunity to apply and develop coaching skills in practice under the supervision of a qualified coach.
Basic Coaching Skills Live (6 weeks)
We offer private training options via Zoom for organizations with a group of 6 or more. The Basic Coaching Skills live program includes 18 hours of training between a one-hour self-study lecture online followed by a once weekly two-hour live class.
Certified Youth Well-being Coach (14 weeks)
We offer private training options via Zoom for organizations with a group of 6 or more. If you have less than 6 to train at any given time, feel free to enroll them in any of our ongoing live training cohorts with space available.
Stage 4 Group Mentor Coaching Only (3 months)
We offer a private ICF group mentor coaching option for organizations with groups of 5-10 mentees.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule training for your organization.
If you’d like a more in-depth analysis of why we focus on evidence-based coaching for adolescents, here are some options for you:
1. Click here to read a 15-minute blog post from our Founder, Dr. Leah B. Mazzola – Evidence-based Coaching for Resilience in Teens and Emerging Adults.
2. Click here to watch Dr. Leah’s 45-minute talk re: Why Youth Life Coaching is Critical Now in 2023. The talk will give you insight into the type of learning content you’ll experience throughout your training with YCI.
3. Schedule a complimentary Q&A call using the calendar below.
Because we care to make evidence-based coaching financially accessible for all youth, trainees who certify through our program commit to coaching one to two pro-bono and/or severe sliding scale clients during or after training for low-income clients on a need basis. They coach their first pro-bono youth client as part of the Stage 3 training experience to secure their final exam recording submission.
I took part in the YCI Certified Youth Resilience Coach program and I can’t recommend it enough. I was looking for a path to build on my skills as an educator and further my career in way that aligns with my values. While I was unsure of what exactly to expect as I underwent this 25 week course, I can honestly say it exceeded all of my expectations. I was able to develop a strong understanding of what it takes to be a great coach and learn more about adolescent psychology. The class was very manageable and Dr. Leah’s approach was informative, honest, and supportive. I feel like I have grown tremendously in a relatively short amount of time and I am excited to start my journey as a certified youth life coach.
I recently completed my training with YCI as a Youth Resilience Coach. It has been an incredible experience. The quality of the teaching and accompanying support materials are excellent. The registration process and administration are straightforward and hassle-free. It has been fantastic to be part of an amazing cohort of people – an eclectic mix of backgrounds and cultures, all connecting through our shared desire to improve the lives of our young people. The magic comes, however, in the leadership and passion bestowed by Dr Leah. Her resounding commitment to her own learning journey of personal growth, coupled with her ceaseless determination to act, always, in service to her students and clients is quite remarkable. It has been a privilege and an honour to be in the presence of this alchemy – if only for a few weeks. If you can scrape the funds together; if you want to grow as a human being; and believe you can be of service to others in a positive way then sign up for this programme. You will not regret it.
I really enjoyed this coaching class taught by Dr. Leah. Not only did I learn how to help clients but I learned a lot about myself. Dr. Leah opens up about her own life experience which helped me feel comfortable and safe. Her coaching technique is perfection. Very informative and highly recommended!
Dr. Leah and YCI are incredible! I just completed my certification and could not be happier. Dr. Leah is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her work. From class one it was a very safe space to learn and grow. I highly recommend YCI and am extremely grateful for the experience!
Such an amazing experience! Instructors were extremely knowledgeable and supportive. I look forward to continuing education!
Youth Coaching Institute is awesome! I spent a great deal of time researching Life Coach Training programs and YCI came out on top in every comparative category. The training I received was useful and relevant and I feel very well prepared to begin delivering coaching services. The art of coaching is based upon a wide palette of soft skills which the YCI instructors demonstrated for us and then gave us opportunities to observe and practice. But they didn’t just tell us what to do to, they explained the neurological and psychological foundations that support the YCI model of coaching. We learned both the art and science of coaching. My career as a middle/high school teacher, mentor, athletic coach and outdoor instructor has been focused on supporting teens in being the best possible version of themselves. The Youth Resilience Coach certification I received at YCI will be the perfect next step in my youth-serving career!
I would definitely recommend YCI!!!
The Youth Coaching Institute was exactly what I needed to become a coach working with youth. They are professional, very knowledgeable -evidence based research and very affordable! I have never set on a Zoom meeting with 21 students across the globe, faithfully every Saturday. It was a college class. Money well spent! Thank you Dr. Leah and staff!