Peer Mentors

Certified Peer Mentor Coach training prepares older students to offer one-on-one guidance and coaching for younger students. The CPMC serves as a role model for younger students who need help by providing positive and constructive guidance and support. Challenges facing the mentee may include difficulty with schoolwork, negative peer pressure, bullying, lack of family or social support, family problems, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, or other difficulties common in adolescence. The peer mentor can help the young mentee build confidence and skills for success.

Core training topics include the following coach specific skills: 

  • Creating the coaching relationship
  • Listening for the sake of others
  • Objective curiosity
  • Progress and depth
  • Self-management
  • Tolerance and other-awareness

The CPMC credential offers the following benefits to peer mentors: 

The Certified Peer Mentor Coach

  • develops coaching competencies relevant to social and emotional intelligence, mediation, and conflict resolution.
  • fulfills a sense of higher purpose and makes a difference by helping others reach their potential.
  • will stand out among peers on college and job applications as an involved member of the young community who is actively contributing to the greater good.
  • is equipped to take an active leadership role for positive social change.
  • is introduced to the world of coaching, helping, and social service disciplines.
  • becomes part of a network of ongoing positive support.

Requirements for CPMC Training

The CPMC candidate must:

  • be 16-22-years-old
  • be a high-school or college student in good standing.
  • agree to abide by the YCI code of ethics and confidentiality.
  • have parent/guardian permission to participate.


Is training available in my area?

This training is available to individuals and groups (ex: schools, community programs, or other organizations with students supporting students). Training is virtual and available internationally via webinar and telephone conference calling. The training occurs over 11 weeks depending on the size of the group. The time commitment includes a 2-hour conference call once weekly, required reading (1 chapter per week), assigned practice, and supervision.

*Organizations interested in group training may contact leah@youthcoachinginstitute.com to schedule dates/times to meet your needs.

What is the cost of training and certification?

The cost of CPMC training and certification is $350.00 per trainee. This fee does not cover the cost of required books


We offer need-based partial tuition scholarships. E-mail leah@youthcoachinginstitute.com for scholarship inquiries.

Training schedules are set around participant availability.