Academic coaching is for students k-12. We realized that many children who struggle with issues are also struggling in school. Due to the fact that many hours are spent at school campus or home school situation, their feelings are also related to their education. A student who is struggling with anxiety may also struggle with how to manage their daily habits and demands of schoolwork. So also, a student who is struggling to keep up with the daily demands of school may become anxious or depressed. A tutor who focuses on school-subject matter, without understanding the dynamics of the student and how they apply themselves will have limited success.
At Testimony life, academic coaches get to know the student and family, and the way the student organizes their life and study habits. The academic coach takes over communication from the parent to the teacher and tracks missing, current, and future assignments. Our main goal is to remove the struggle from the parents and have the student take responsibility for their studies and schooling. This enables the student to take responsibility, the parents to be parents, and the family to be a family.
We understand the influence our society wields and the peer pressure that teens face. We also know there are limited resources currently available for parents and teens to use when facing these pressures.
Testimony realizes that many times parents, therapists, and teachers have limited impact on hard to reach kids. We have created a Mentoring Program with young adults and leaders who can build a relationship to help influence teens in a more positive way.
Our Mentors are trained leaders who will spend time with the teen, building a relationship while working through problems. Much like a “big brother/big sister,” the relationship built will be loving, supportive, and validating; a “safe haven” to talk about problems and get help from a safe, non-threatening source. Through weekly meetings and daily contact the Mentor and teen will establish consistent expectations for future behavior and goals.
- Drug/alcohol use
- Sexual concerns
- Family conflict
- Parenting concerns
- Anger issues
- Poor self esteem
- Loss of relationship
- School issues
- Peer influences
Resources for adolescents and teens facing life struggles and conflicts are inadequate and largely ineffectual. Unfortunately, there is even less available in the way of support and education for parents. Despite the fact that parents were once teens themselves, the ability to relate and understand their children can be deeply buried beneath adult issues. Testimony Life offers support and solutions for parents in order to prevent the pitfalls that many parents face.
Education and support are two of Testimony’s most valuable tools when helping parents learn to better understand and communicate with their teen children.
A family is a team composed of members who each have a role. Sometimes the members serve to strengthen the team as a whole, sometimes one member can unbalance the strength, weakening the unit. Testimony understands the delicate basis which forms the structure of a family: peace, stability, structure, communication, respect, and understanding. Testimony addresses the unique dynamic of Unconventional families, Blended families and reinforces bonding through understanding, guidance, reattachment, and connections.