Our Team

Here’s our crew of changemakers. Want to know more about us? Click the images below for the extended cut. 

Youth Coaching Institute, LLC, Coaching  Life, Forney, TX

Leah B. Mazzola, PhD, PCC, BCC

Founder, Executive Director, & Faculty

Dr. Mazzola is responsible for all research and development initiatives in line with our mission and values. She facilitates one to two training cohorts yearly to ensure our content and training programs remain up-to-date and effective for the diverse audiences we serve. She maintains a small private coaching practice LBM Coaching, LLC where she offers life, academic, and career coaching for adolescents and adults. She discovered the power of coaching through her doctoral studies as she investigated why some high-risk youth overcome the barriers to success while others do not. This research led her to coaching as a means to combat marginalization and trauma with resilience building and empowerment. Her passion for the work is very personal as a thriving adult who overcame trauma, poverty, and juvenile delinquency to create a future she never imagined possible while deep in the struggle. Read more about her story and research in her book – How We Did It: A Guide for Juvenile and Emerging Adult Offenders Ready for Positive Reform. 

Services

  • Life coach training and practicum supervision
  • ICF mentor coaching for ICF ACC and PCC applicants
  • Life and career coaching for teens and young adults 14-25
  • Desistance coaching for young people involved in delinquency, alternative sentencing, and juvenile justice reintegration support
  • Life, career, mentor coaching, and new business coaching for coaches

Education

  • PhD in Psychology with Forensic Psychology specialization
  • o Expertise: Criminal desistance and positive reform
  • o Dissertation: A Phenomenological Inquiry into Identity Change on the Path to Long-term Criminal Desistance
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice
  • Board Certified Coach – Center for Credentialing & Education
  • Professional Certified  Coach – International Coach Federation – Registered ICF Mentor Coach 
  • Over 250 hours of coach specific training

 

Jade Enrique, EdD, BCC

Faculty - Coach Trainer & Practicum Supervisor

Dr. Enrique is a life coach who holds degrees in Education, Psychology, and Therapy. She maintains a small private coaching practice known as Bright Balance, LLC (brightbalancecoaching.com) where she primarily offers life, academic, career, and ADHD coaching for teens and young adults. She utilizes a strengths-based, multi-disciplinary, and multicultural approach to coaching. Dr. Enrique finds fulfillment in contributing and utilizing her varied theoretical backgrounds to assist in helping to change outcomes for underserved clients and communities. She believes that coaching is one method of ensuring that individuals are at the helm of receiving the support/accountability they may need so they can continually be encouraged to strive for their goals; improve performance; resolve deficits; and build/restore confidence.

Services

  • Life, academic, career, and ADHD coaching for teens and young adults 14-29
  • ADHD, career and life coaching for teachers/professors and other education-related staff
  • Life coach training

Education

  • EdD in Education with Special Education concentration
  • o Expertise: Special Education Law, Administration, and Advocacy
  • o Dissertation: A Study of Behavioral Response to Intervention: Practices and Perceptions Perceived by Teachers
  • Educational Specialist in School Psychology
  • Master of Science in Family Therapy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Nationally Certified School Psychologist
  • Diplomate in School Neuropsychology
  • Certified Memory Interventionist
  • Professional ADHD Coach
  • Over 120 hours of coach-specific training

Cyndy Etler, MEd, ACC

Substitute Faculty

Cyndy is a certified life coach who holds bachelor’s degrees in English and American Studies and a master’s degree in education. She has been supporting teens professionally for over two decades, first as an alternative school teacher and today as a coach, a writer, and a national speaker. She is the author of two award-winning young adult memoirs, The Dead Inside (Sourcebooks, 2017) and We Can’t Be Friends (Sourcebooks, 2017). Her work has been featured on CNN, HuffPost, NPR, CBS TV, and other outlets. As a professional coach, Cyndy relies on empathy, accessibility and humor to meet clients where they are while ensuring the coaching process is enjoyable. She understands the deep adolescent needs to be heard, respected and supported in realizing self-determination. She frequently draws from ACT principles to help clients move through the barriers between their current reality and their ideal future. She brings passion, levity and accessibility to her role, ensuring that her coaches-in-training are well-prepared and confident in their youth coaching skills. Learn more about her private coaching practice at theteenlifecoach.com.

Services

  • Life and education coaching for teens and young adults aged 14-25
  • Career transition coaching for teachers
  • Life coach training and practicum supervision

Education

  • Master of Education: Concentration in Secondary English
  • Bachelor of English and American Studies
  • Licensed Teacher in English, Special Education and English as a Second Language, grades 6-12
  • Associate Certified Coach