Last month we focused our blogs on why the Church needs to be engaged in helping vulnerable children and families in our community. If you missed them, catch up on How The Church Can Reflect God’s Heart For Orphans, Father’s Day From A Broader Perspective, Where’s The Church When You Come Home, and Open Your Heart To Caring For Orphans.
This month, we are diving deeper into how Orphan Care Alliance can equip YOU to do something to change the lives of those around us.
Building Relationships With Vulnerable Youth
Have you ever thought, “I’m not in a place where I can foster or adopt, but I’d like to do something except I have no clue where to start or what I can do.” If this is you, then learning about life coaching through OCA might be a good opportunity for you to serve.
Life coaching is a program where you will come alongside and build a relationship with youth who are in danger of aging out or have aged out of the foster care system. The youth we serve range in ages from 12-21 and typically live in foster homes or in residential facilities.
Our program seeks to intentionally invest in the lives of young kids, giving them a supportive adult role model. Most youths in foster care have little to no support or guidance and life coaching can help fill that need by providing them with a stable relationship with someone who desires to pour out Christ’s love to them.
How To Become A Life Coach
The steps to becoming a life coach in our program are threefold. We provide a five-hour training that is required for all coaches to go through. This training provides insight into the life experiences the youth we serve may have gone through. Most have experienced neglect or abuse at some point in their life and our training highlights how trauma may affect their relationship with you.
We do this knowing the teenager’s trauma causes them to see the world differently than someone who hasn’t had the experiences they’ve had. Because of this, they have different behaviors and coping mechanisms and it is vitally important to know how to handle it with grace and loving guidance.
Our training is geared to equip you to walk alongside teenagers exhibiting this behavior all within the framework of viewing adolescents as Christ would. We understand building this relationship will have its challenges and our training is developed to hopefully give you a glimpse of what you might experience as a life coach. Check out the video below that gives you an idea of the foundation for our training.
Following the training, we set up a one on one interview with you. This interview allows us to get to know you better, hear your story, and be able to make a better match based on shared interests and personality traits. It is also a time for you to ask any further questions you may have about life coaching and the youth we serve.
The last step is meeting the youth you are going to build a relationship. You will meet at the home of the youth, introduce yourself, go over expectations, and answer any questions either party might have. Following this initial meeting, you, the life coach, will coordinate future visits with the youth’s case manager, and the staff at OCA will continue to be a support for the life coach.
If this sounds like something you want to explore we would love to connect with you and answer any questions you might have. Shoot us an email at Lindsay.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, and we’d be glad to get together to discuss.