Are you ready to become more independent? Do you want to start a job? Go to college? We can help you! No matter how prepared you feel it come sometimes be stressful to make those steps on your own, yet you don’t want to ask your parents for help every step of the way.
What can I get help with?
Most teens and young adults need some support or help in order to get what they want out of life. Advance LA coaches will work with you and focus on helping you feel more confident and successful in all areas of life.
Some of the areas we have helped young adults and teens with are:
- Managing your time
- Making friends and keeping them
- Getting organized
- Building motivation to get stuff done
- Managing your money
- Getting and keeping a job
- Doing well in school
- Advocating for yourself- Asking for what you need!
- Living on your own
Learning more about “how to be independent” and learning some tools for being successful can empower you and offer that extra confidence you need to move forward.
What does a typical session look like?
There is no “typical session” as it varies from person to person. Depending on what you need – we will be out there in the community helping you do it! Our coaches can work with you on your college campus, in a classroom, at a social event, at job fairs, or in your home.
Here is what will happen:
• You will talk with your coach and name a place to meet up
• You may chat about what you want to work on and what you need to do to get it done
• Then, you will go out into the world, try new things together, explore your surroundings and learn new skills. The good news is that you will have someone there to support you until you feel comfortable doing these new things on your own.
• At the end of your time together, you will talk with your coach about what you will be working on until the next session. And make plans for your next meeting.
Most Advance LA young adults enjoy their meetings with their coach. As you will be working on the goals you are interested in, with a person you like and trust and you will be having fun along the way.
How often do I meet with my coach?
This depends on what your goals are and how quickly you want to get there. Some people spend 3 hours a week with their coaches while others spend 3 to 4 hours a day.
What will the social club be like?
The social club will include young adults, just like you, who are looking to meet new people who are welcoming, interesting, and fun. We will introduce you to people you want to meet and offer a place for you to get to know others with similar interests. Each club meeting will involve different activities and will be based on your interests. We will work with out club members to identify and organize enjoyable activities that you will want to participate in. Some sample activities are: bowling, interactive video game competitions, hiking, karaoke, and game night. We will also be hosting a few special events every year that may include trips to theme parks, museums, and other interesting cultural activities.
How do I know this will work for me?
We have a lot of experience working with young adults and teens who are working toward their goals and dreams. Also, we keep up with the most up-to-date research on “what works” and train our coaches to use those tools to help you.
How do I get matched with a coach?
We have many different coaches on our team. In addition, to their varied personalities, each coach has a unique set of skills and talents. The clinical coordinator will work with you to figure out who would be the best match, based on your personality, interests, and your goals!
Do I have to tell other people I have a coach?
You don’t have to tell anyone you have a coach. However, we have found that many people like to share with others that they have a mentor or coach. It is totally up to you and can be discussed with your coach before you go out. When you are out with your coach, it will likely feel pretty natural; you may feel like you are out with a friend, older sibling, or mentor.
“The job application that we filled out together today would have taken me months to complete without you."
- Jonathan, 22 year-old Client
Client to her coach: “I like coaching because I can really relate to you and you make it fun and enjoyable. You take to heart what you are working on with me.”
- Sarah, 18 year-old Client
When asked what barriers he might face or was concerned about before turning in the application he responded, "Normally this is something that would make me feel really anxious, but I think that we've practiced enough that I feel pretty comfortable doing it at this point."
- Ray, 19 year-old Client
“I never imagined myself actually being this productive. It feels like I can actually do stuff again since I've started with you [Advance LA Coach]."
- Jose, 28 year-old Client
Client to her parent about her coaching experience: “There is no judgment, they give me feedback and help me change- but in a nice way.”
- Sasha, 19 year-old Client