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How a Professional Youth Life Coach Can Support Adolescents (and You, the Adult!)


This article explores the meaning and impact of Professional Youth Life Coaching. Learn what makes Youth Coaching Institute’s trained coaches unique, and the ways in which a coach can facilitate growth and empowerment for teens, caring adults, and families.

What Is a Professional Youth Life Coach?

Life Coaching is a non-directive, person-centered, growth-oriented support service that helps clients who are ready, willing, and able to do the work, to achieve goals that matter to them.

Clients seek coaching with a desire to self-improve or make progress on goals aligned with their life, schooling, career, etc. In the coaching space, the client gains insight and clarity around the steps they need to take to reach their goals. The coach serves as a guide, support and accountability partner, and works with the client from a place of openness, unconditional positive regard, and non-judgement.

There are three significant factors in Youth Life Coaching that promote positive outcomes for adolescents: a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult, competency or skill development, and time investment.

What Makes a YCI Professional Youth Life Coach Stand Out?

Youth Coaching Institute trained coaches support tweens, teens, and emerging adults navigating life, school, jobs, and relationships. Our primary focus is to support the enhancement of their well-being and reduce unnecessary stress.

Our Professional Youth Life Coaches undergo rigorous, researched-based training around the biopsychosocial factors of adolescent development and learn to integrate that knowledge with evidence-based coaching practices to support the well-being of tweens, teens, and young adults and the people who care for them.

The Youth Coaching Institute approach centers resource optimization, personal development, social development, and school and work development for adolescents. Coaches help clients develop a positive identity through a strengths-based approach. They support adolescents as they gain clarity around personal autonomy, values, beliefs, and goals. They utilize social-emotional learning and skill building to support the young person as they create a self-determined life direction, and set, plan, and execute short or long-term goals.

YCI coaches help teens get to know themselves better and make decisions that fit who they are, how they want to live, and who they want to be in the world.

How Can a Professional Youth Life Coach Help My Teen or Young Adult?

Coaches can help teen clients…

  • Develop self-awareness
  • Learn to manage thoughts, emotions, and behaviors
  • Build healthy and sustainable habits
  • Understand the science behind stress and how to manage it
  • Discover their identity, beliefs, values, strengths, and goals

How Can a Professional Youth Life Coach Support Caring Adults and Family?

Caring adults and family are a crucial piece of adolescent development and growth.  Our YCI trained life coaches know how to support adults and families as they do the work to help their teen thrive.

Coaches can help caring adults…

  • Understand the mental, social, and emotional stages of adolescent development.
  • Create and practice a self-care and stress management routine.
  • Learn to communicate compassionately and effectively with their child.
  • Tend to their own emotional regulation needs.

Coaches can help families…

  • Facilitate difficult or uncomfortable conversations in a non-judgmental space.
  • Establish routines and boundaries to abide by at home.
  • Develop ways of connecting as a unit.
  • Create a deeper understanding of each family member and their needs.

How Can I Become a Professional Youth Life Coach?

Want to learn more about what it takes to become a Professional Youth Life Coach? Check out our accredited programs and trainings for more information.

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