Coaching habits and mindsets that enable college and career success

How might we leverage each individual's inherent creativity and resourcefulness to nurture a set of empowering habits and mindsets?

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Many people, especially the affluent, take advantage of life (and executive) coaching to develop habits and mindsets that enable them to thrive in new and challenging contexts. What if we offered such coaching to young adults, especially those at risk in traditional educational pathways? Might practices with long established traditions and results - such as co-active coaching, for example - enable young people to recognize their resilience and build from that resilience effective and empowering approaches to navigating obstacles in and out of the classroom?

We want to focus on the young adult (20-29, say) who has either never engaged with or has already disengaged with post-secondary opportunities.

Some questions: 

  • How might we reach and engage these students?
  • How might we connect them with a post-secondary opportunity that is meaningful for them? 
  • How might we employ coaching to support them through graduation? 
  • What additional support might they need, and how might we provide that support?

Some ideas/inspirations:

https://www.coach.me  

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12514436-co-active-coaching

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6370491-helping?from_search=true&search_version=service

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12609433-the-power-of-habit?from_search=true&search_version=service

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10865206-the-willpower-instinct?from_search=true&search_version=service

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5962102-immunity-to-change?from_search=true&search_version=service

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I love this - Samantha Sutton, then of the Handel Life Coaching Group, did some wonderful work with young folks in the "Design Your Life" program for teens and young adults.    I can put you in contact with her if you're interested. I'm also in a circle of folks using Design Thinking as a proxy for life coaching methods (there are some surprising commonalities!) in colleges around the country - interesting to reach this out beyond college to the folks who have no obvious platform for such courses (yet).

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Hi Steve! Totally agree! There are a handful of us starting to work on ideas around mentoring and coaching. Have you checked out:
 Edwin Lagos Peer 2 Peer Mentorship Clint Heitz Graduation Shouldn't be "Good-bye" 
Michael Schurr College Freshman High School Advisors 

All of these posts are along the same thread. Might be worth teaming up to work collectively on our ideas. What do you think? 

Michael

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Hi Michael

Looks like there is a lot of energy in this area, especially in the secondary space. I do like how you are thinking about connecting college freshman with high school students as a way to bridge the secondary and post-secondary experience. It feels like there is a lot of possibility if we start to blur the lines between high school and college. How might, for example, extensive, even endemic dual enrollment programs impact student mindsets and ultimately post-secondary success. Or what if the AA degree became the culminating degree for the public education system? Lots of possibilities if we are able to step outside some of the traditional boundaries. 

Our team is thinking about this mission a little differently, or at least thinking about a different audience. We want to focus on the young adult (20-29, say) who has either never engaged with or has already disengaged with post-secondary opportunities. How might we reach these students? How might we engage them? How might we connect them with a post-secondary opportunity that is meaningful for them? How might we employ executive coaching to support them through graduation? What supports might they need, in addition to coaching? 

Not sure if this response has been helpful for you, but I have to thank you for your comment, as reviewing the links you shared, really helped us - well me, at least - clarify what we are trying to develop. 

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Steve,
I love the user group you are tapping into with your idea.  This supports a group of students/learners who don't follow a traditional path and/or have disengaged from school for a whole variety of reasons and have so much to offer.  You ask some great questions about how to engage this group, provide them support and get them connected.  Has your team put together a doc to start building out this awesome idea?

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I love the idea of executive coaching for youth. I think for youth who need it the most making the right pairing and using a successful mentoring model will be key. What models exist you might use or modify?

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Hi Lisa

We have been inspired by Co-active Coaching: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/12514436-co-active-coaching

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I also think Edgar Schein's "Helping" would be a great resource.