The benefits of coaching the youth in Louisville extend beyond making a new friend. Life coaches do more than mentor. They walk alongside an aging out foster youth that range from the ages of 12 to 21 years of age. Life coaches provide advice and community resources to help teach basic life skills personalized to what the teen sets as his or her goal.
“Christians are all called to care for the fatherless. Serving foster youth as a life coach is just one of many ways to live out our calling to “visit the orphan and widow in their distress. (James 1:27) Our Life Coaches are literally visiting modern day orphans… young people who aren’t able to live safely with their families! Our ultimate goal is to bring the hope of the Gospel to the young people we are building relationships with. We also hope to see them grow as individuals and learn how to be functioning members of society,” OCA Life Coaching Director, Beth Pace said.
Often, life coaches are one of the only people who invest in the lives’ of these youth without being paid, creating an excellent opportunity to display Christ-like love. Life Coaches are thoughtfully matched with a youth based on common interests giving them some common ground from which to build their relationship. Allison Chesser and Barry Motes are current OCA life coaches. They had some great wisdom to share in why they became life coaches and how they are being used by the Lord to share His love with their youth through their actions
Allison Chesser became a life coach to share her wisdom learned from her career. She explained that when she worked in the mortgage industry she realized that there are so many people who don’t understand how credit worked, what a budget was, or how car loans worked. She now uses her skills to come alongside youth to help teach these things through life coaching.
“The rewards outweigh any of the drawbacks,” Life Coach Barry Motes said, “It does take time and an emotional investment, but it is really worth it for the young men and women.” He also shared that as a follower of Christ he believes that he should show His love somehow.
Keep following the OCA blog. For the next two weeks we will be highlighting the life coaching experiences of Barry and Allison and the youth they are coaching.
To take the next step in your personal ministry, become a life coach by attending the upcoming training.