Training Program

What is the Academic Life Coaching program?

Academic Life Coaching is a leadership development program specifically for youth and designed to be completed in 10 one-to-one sessions with a certified Academic Life Coach. Throughout the program teens gain an awareness of themselves and others, understand more fully their value and the things they have to offer, as well as learn practical tools to achieve the things most important to them. Youth have incredible amounts of untapped potential and the added backdrop of coming from a hard place means that when properly cultivated, these at-risk teens, foster youth and orphans have incredible potential to be caring, flexible and transparent leaders.

Youth Advocate Coach Training

Coach Training & Certification:

        If you are interested in gaining an in-depth knowledge of how to coach teens as a career, as a means of facilitating life-change in the youth with whom you interact, or for ongoing professional development this training is an excellent option. You will receive credit toward your ICF certification, and access to all training and business materials through Academic Life Coaching. You will also receive 24 two hour live training classes via video conferencing over the course of six months through WayPoint Life Coaching, a Super Training Guide, and three one-to-one sessions where you will receive constructive feedback on your coaching. For more information on the training or to reserve your seat, please go to:

Waypoint Coach Training

        If you would like to see a sample of the materials we will be using, please go to:

ALC Sample Materials

We appreciate your interest in coach training and certification. We love that you spend your time and talents on behalf of youth from hard places. If we can answer any questions for you, please contact us.


Register now for coach training and certification!

Cost: $2100 with a $150 non-refundable deposit. Recurring payment plans are available for 6, 9 or 12 months. $420 of your coach training tuition will be donated to provide coaching and/or creating other services for youth from hard places.

Training Start Dates:

2018 Please schedule a time to talk with Brenda if you are interested in training as a coach. This is the link to her online calendar. She can also be reached by phone. 406-270-8317.

  • My experience in the Academic Life Coaching training course with Brenda Niemeyer was incredible. Her extensive knowledge of the material, guidance and support made our time together both enriching and inspiring. It was so gratifying to take the course and learn such powerful coaching skills. I recommend this course to anyone who wants to begin a new journey in reaching youth in a positive way.

    Jenny Christiansen
    Jenny Christiansen Academic Life Coach
  • Brenda has an easy, open, and accepting demeanor and made it possible for me to go through the life coaching in an honest and authentic way. Self-knowledge and self-awareness is a product of this training and a crucial element to becoming a coach.

    Suganya Sockalingam
    Suganya Sockalingam Ph.D. Change Matrix
  • Brenda is an outstanding coach and a fantastic trainer. She’s one of the few people I’ve trusted to lead training calls, and a pleasure to work with in designing solutions for schools and colleges.

    John Andrew Williams
    John Andrew Williams Founder, Coach Training, EDU

For Those Working With Foster Youth. . .

Why consider the Academic Life Coaching youth program as a new approach or complimentary addition to Independent Living Skills?

Each individual has something unique to offer. This program is tailored to tap into those unique abilities and train youth to create internal structures that will give them greater vision for their future and resilience to keep moving forward in the midst of life’s obstacles.

Current Independent Living Skills classes tend to focus on external skills teens need to master. The Academic Life Coaching program focuses on an internal skill set that will enable teens to take ownership of their decisions and choices for their future. Throughout the program youth will build internal structures to move toward various educational goals, career aspirations, relational desires, and they will also begin to develop a vision for giving back to their communities.

For more information on the Academic Life Coaching program for teens, please contact us.

  • The [ALC coach training] experience was deep, intense and useful to me both personally and professionally.  While I see it as a valuable part of my work, I transformed my perspectives for the better personally through this training experience.  Brenda was a gentle and knowledgeable guide through the entire process. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a trainer or a coach.  She truly lives and practices in a way that aligns with her values.

    Elizabeth Waetzig, J.D
    Elizabeth Waetzig, J.D Change Matrix