John Andrew Williams developed the Academic Life Coaching program in 2005 in Portland, OR. John started his career as a high school Latin teacher and started his life coach training in 2004. He created the Academic Life Coaching Program in 2005 when he realized there was a big gap in what students were learning in school and what was really useful in life. In 2009, he started training others who wanted to work with life coaching skills and youth.  David has been trained and certified as an Academic Life Coach to bring this program to the Indianapolis area. 

The ALC program is designed to address these areas:

Stress about grades. Whether students are getting A's but are completely stressed out, or they are underperforming and getting grades that will limit future options, this program will help.  Students will have the opportunity to become aware of their own unique learning, thinking, and memory styles. Then, a study “system” can be created that best supports their styles.

Lack of Motivation. Students get to discover their own motivation style. They will also define their Trademarked Values and Signature Perspectives, tools to identify what really drives them.

Frustration in Relationships. Students will learn how to communicate more effectively with parents, teachers, and peers using tools such as Empathy and the Assumption Chart.

Anxiety about the college application and admissions process.  After completing this program, students will be more self-aware and emotionally intelligent, two things that many teenagers are lacking in today, and college admissions officers are looking for when reading essays.

Concern that teenagers aren’t learning the necessary skills to become successful adults. Here are some specific examples of skills students work on throughout the course of the program:  time management, organization, setting goals, staying motivated to achieve those goals, communication, active leadership, and defining what lifelong values bring them fulfillment, meaning, and purpose.  

The program is broken down into 3 components.

1. Academic Success: The first third of the program focuses on providing a foundation for creating a sustainable system for teens to get the grades they want without stressing out.

2. Personal Fluency: The second third of the program focuses on increasing self- awareness and building fluency with your teen’s thoughts, emotions, and habits.

3. Personal Leadership, Powerful Communication, & College: The final third of the program focuses on personal leadership and communication, which naturally leads to creating an outstanding college application. Leadership is not necessarily having a “leadership position.” Leadership is about doing something that you believe in, doing it well, and doing it for a cause greater than yourself. It’s about helping teens have a vision of what’s possible, what they want to create, and the impact that they want to have on the community. College admission officers are looking for positive examples of unique leadership and self-awareness.   

The concepts/tools David covers with a student:

·       Wheel of Life                                                                             

·       Core Motivation (An Assessment)

·       Goals vs Action Steps

·       Short Term & Long Term Vision

·       Thinking and Learning Styles

·       Limiting Belief Systems

·       Inner Critic

·       Empathy

·       Assumptions

·       Resolving Conflict

·       Setting Positive Mental Cues

·       Academic Success

·       Visualization

·       Clarifying My Core Values

·       My Personal Mission Statement

·       Derailments & Solutions

·       Systems of Organization

·       Academic Success

·       Passions

·       Top 5 Strengths