Youth Leadership — New Leaders – Youth Leadership is a partnership between Coaching Kids, Inc. and The New Leaders Institute. It is modeled after CTI’s Co-Active Leadership program and has been delivered to 17 kids in Maui, Seabury Hall – Aug. 2006 and to 17 kids in Nederland, CO Teens, Inc.
In each delivery the result was 5 self-selected teams with 5 self-designed community projects. The beginning of the four-day course is teaching them leadership skills that support their giving back in their local communities and becoming community youth leaders. These projects include:
- Mentoring elementary school children
- Skate board ramp renewal
- Culture Exchange with Zimbabwe – fundraising for trip over
- Making things to exchange with kids over in Zimbabwe
- Bringing them back to sell and raise money for the Senior Graduating Retreat
- MRSA awareness and clean-up on Pearl Street in Boulder
- An effort to clean up the school and park benches
The youth involved are creating an online group to keep track of these projects along with the members of the New Leaders workshop.
2-on-2 Coaching — Relationship Coaching Single Moms with teens – This program is used when parents, usually single moms, who are emotionally and physically available. We use Co-Active coaching, relationship coaching, and parenting skills training, as well as mentoring skills in this program. Often the program focuses on the child initially, connecting with them, building a trusting relationship with them – which sometimes is very foreign to them – and eventually, the program focuses on the parent or parents and their parenting and relationship skills. In the end, we create new skills, new paradigms, new understanding, and new relationships
One-on-One Coaching — Life Coaching – This program is with individual teens and is usually used when a parent or a guardian is not emotionally or physically available, and the child is in need of coaching and is emotionally available.
Coaching Skills Training — Coaching Kids provides a curriculum providing the fundamentals of what life coaching is, and how it can transform their lives. This life coaching skills training consists of a twelve week program, beginning with a pre-emotional-Intelligence-assessment and ending with a post assessment to track the progress of the change and growth. The weeks then consist of Coaching Kids volunteers teaching and modeling the skills of life coaching. By doing this we provide the youth with a greater sense of self-awareness as well as intrapersonal awareness. We also provide these youth with the ability to recognize his/her own potential and the resources to follow through.
Girls Inc. Phil.- 2005-2006 — We delivered coaching skills to the girls – 1 eleven-week pilot and 3 ten-week courses. And, we delivered a 10 week relationship coach training class to the staff.
Girls Inc. Denver- 2002-2006 — We delivered a number of 8 and 10-week courses to the middle and high school kids. At one time, we had two courses with the teens and two courses with the middle school kids going at the same time. There was a large turn over in staff there and they implemented a new curriculum that we are re-working our program to blend in with.
Mile Hi Church-2001-2007 — We have taught a number of coaching skills classes on Sunday and Wednesday evenings, and we created a group of kids who have gone through the courses that continue to meet on weekly bridge line calls. Periodically, we meet off-site for a four hour coaching skills refresher workshop.
Middle and High Schools — Arvada High, West Middle, Horace Mann Middle in the Denver, Colorado area -2001-2006 – We have delivered a number of different courses with different timelines to different levels of students. We will be working to move into a number of schools starting in January 2008.
Daniel’s Fund – 2002-2003 – We trained their volunteers (over 50) that coached high school kids at risk, to support them getting into college (over 300 each year). We ran two series of coaching skills training classes for volunteers.
I Have a Dream Foundation – San Francisco – 2007 – Six-session coaching skills training class for the staff, with follow-up work with the staff, and the Executive Director.
East Africa Pen Pal program – 2004-2007 Our Pen Pal program started with girls in Horace Mann Middle school, then our girls at Girls Inc. – Denver, then to the girls at the Betty Marler Center. We have really struggled with getting responses back and forth, and we worked with IBM and Microsoft to get a system in place in Tanzania and Kenya so the girls could communicate via the Internet – we will make another run at that in 2008. We are currently tracking down past letters and responses so we are able to respond quickly when we do receive our next letters. We want to keep the current girls involved, as well as keep in touch with past members of this program.
Women’s Crisis Center – Douglas County – 2004 – Coaching skills training for counselors, and one-on-one coaching for some of the staff. Another group Reuel is associated with did a leadership and coaching retreat for the board of directors in 2003.
Powerful Women’s Mentoring – 1-on-1 Mentoring, Powerful successful women and the girls at ROP-Betty Marler Center participate in 1-on-1 mentoring with the expected outcome of leadership development for the girls and personal growth for the women. This program has met much resistance, and we are determined to fully implement it. We see it as a vital ingredient in the formula for reducing the return of these girls to the justice system as they become powerful successful women in our society. This program is a vital supplement to our coaching and leadership programs, as well as the young ladies involved. We want to create trusting relationships between the inmates and the mentors so the inmates learn a sense of trust and friendship to carry with them once they have completed their program/time.
CTI Co-Active Coach Course Training – 2001-2004 and 2007-2008
Coaching Training in Juvenile Prisons- Life Coach training at the juvenile center – Our goal is to instill in these youth a greater sense of self and self awareness as well as interpersonal awareness. We provide these youth with the ability to recognize his/her own potential and the resources to follow through. The impact on the community is: by providing the incarcerated youth with life skills to be able to adapt to life outside the center, they come out with accountability for their actions. They are able to form deeper and meaningful relationships with those around them, thus creating a sense of belonging.
ROP – Betty Marler Center– October 2006 – Present. This is a series of 12 week courses that include an advanced leadership course and the mentoring program mentioned below. At the beginning and end of this program, the inmates will be given an emotional intelligence test to evaluate emotional growth while in the program; we then use these results as a measure for the impact of our work. While offering the inmates this coaching skills course, we also encourage them to have a mentor to which they can have one-on-one time with and develop a relationship on a more personal level.
ROP – Ridgeview Academy 2001 and 2007 – Five hundred boys whom are incarcerated participated in Life Coach Training provided by Coaching Kids, Inc. Parent classes were also offered as well as 1-on-1 coaching. Our goal of this program was to reduce return rates, and lower the future cost of housing for these kids.
Laura Whitworth Prison Project – This was The Bigger Game Prison Project in 2001-2004 and has been restarted as the name of the late Laura Whitworth, co-founder of CTI (The Coaches Training Institute). Our first pilot of the new program is at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility. Within this project we will be providing life coach skills training to the women and then teaching these women to use the skills learned among each other to create a more open and thoughtful environment. We anticipate the women to then use the coaching skills learned and practiced with other members of the community while taking an active leadership role.
Jericho Road Project – This is a program started by inmates in the federal prison in Littleton, CO as a part of The Bigger Game Prison Project and is being recreated in the new Laura Whitworth Prison Project. It is a program that teaches inmates how to teach kids and parents from the local juvenile justice system about the prison and to then start coaching them as a family for 12 weeks inside the prison.