Mentoring for Kids and Young Adults
Personal Development Coach
Lucinda helps young people feel lit up and inspired in their life. While sessions are open to all ages and gender, the primary group Lucinda works with are girls who feel pressure on the sports field and/or classroom and need tools for feeling confident and happy. Through introducing mindfulness tools, goal-setting techniques, and creative outlets, clients feel empowered in their lives. Meetings are individually tailored, whether that involves offering sports mindset tools, painting lessons, confidence building tools, or having a role model figure. Each session, Lucinda and the mentee create goals and homework assignments that spark the mentee to feel empowered by pursuing their goals.
The primary focus of each session is to see the opportunities that can arise from hardship, adversity, or discomfort; to help young people reroute their attention to joy and recognize how they can use their innate strengths to feel confident. While there is space and time to dive into the hard moments and difficult feelings, the emphasis is on tools to empower.
Reset-button session (35-min call): $55
“The moment our daughter met Cinda, we knew she was special. Her upbeat personality, many talents, and ability to connect with others (of all ages!) shined. Five years later, Cinda continues to engage with our daughter, now a teenager, experiencing the inevitable ups and downs of adolescence. Cinda has been an encourager, a positive influence, and perhaps most importantly, an active listener. Cinda is like family to us!”
"An honorary PH.D in happiness coaching should be bestowed upon Cinda. She has done so much for our daughter. She has managed to dilute social media’s influence on our child – and you can’t put a price on that. She exudes kindness. Our daughter is kinder, more confident, and happier after working with Cinda. Our daughter’s goal-setting mindset and communication style is elevated exponentially every time she has the opportunity to meet with Cinda. We consider ourselves blessed to have Cinda in our daughter’s life as a role-model, mentor, and coach."
"Lucinda is making such an incredible impact on the kids she works with, changing lives for years down the road in a way that coaches and teachers rarely get the opportunity to do."
"These sessions with Cinda have been amazing for our daughter - she comes out of them with a sense of calm that I haven't seen before."
"Lucinda made an astonishing difference for my daughter during a very difficult time during her Covid isolation. Lucinda was able to harness my daughter’s love of art and create a world of confidence and enjoyment for her. She looked forward to every meeting and was filled with happiness after each session which was transforming for her world. Lucinda is truly an amazing mentor for my 13-year-old daughter and we are grateful to have her in our lives."
"Cinda has been an amazing resource for my 17-year-old daughter as she navigates the pressures of school and sports. She has helped her process her anxiety and given her tools to manage future challenges. Cinda has helped her discover her inner strength and a positive perspective. She has taught her the power of her own mindset and attitude. Cinda is an incredible coach and resource for young women as they exist in a stressful and unpredictable world."
Susie felt like she was losing her confidence and normal spark on the lacrosse field. She also felt a heavy weight of pressure both in the classroom and in social situations. Late in the season, she began experiencing panic attacks on the lacrosse field. Susie and Lucinda began weekly meetings on Zoom. Through conversations and exploration of what was happening, Susie found the ability to step outside of the storm she was experiencing as she regained a sense of perspective and self awareness. Employing mindset tools specifically designed for athletes, Susie ended her season with a bang and went into her next season having fully regained her confident spark on the lacrosse field. Armed with strategies, Susie felt equipped to navigate future challenges.
Anna was hanging out with kids at school who caused her to question herself. Feeling heightened anxiety, Anna began to distance herself from her family. Although she was unable to see it at the moment, her friends were having a negative influence on her self-esteem, happiness, and connection with the people she cared most about. Through weekly meetings with Lucinda, Anna explored specific healthy habits alongside mindset tools. Lucinda provided a space for Anna to talk through her feelings and how she might shift the negative influences on her life. Two months later, Anna was able to distance herself from these friends while re-focusing her attention on the personal goals and activities that fill her up. Anna's parents were grateful for the sense of calm they witnessed in Anna following her meeting with Lucinda, something they had not seen in a long time. They were thrilled to see Anna redirect her attention to the things that make her feel like her best self.
The story behind Giddy by Nature mentorship program:
Growing up, I had learning differences. I started retreating in the classroom and dreading school. I became unsure of myself and in my abilities until I went to a school that addressed the ways that I learned differently. Through addressing and acknowledging my learning style at a young age, I was able to excel in the school setting thereafter and, more importantly, feel more myself and content with outside-the-box learning styles.
My parents, siblings, grandparents/cousins (on both sides) are all in education. I grew up on boarding school campus in Delaware that stretched over 2,000 acres of corn fields. My parents were intentional about creating educational spaces in organic settings - playing soccer with high-school boys as a 3rd grader…eating Cheerios at the kitchen table as a 6th grader with my mom's advisees. My parents infused both education and play throughout my childhood — so I grew a strong work ethic while having fun still getting dirty. I love to work with kids and create these educational spaces in natural settings.
In college, I had to take a year off at the peak of my lacrosse career with an illness that made me bed ridden; after visiting over 10 doctors the summer before my senior year, no one could figure out what was going on; because of this debilitating fatigue and sickness, I returned to Brown a year later, but was still not well enough to play lacrosse in college again. Through this difficult experience I became committed to living an authentic, holistic life even if that looks different than my peers. When lacrosse, my friends, and school became inaccessible, I had to reassess how I identified myself and what made me happy. This adversity ultimately created more opportunities in creating a meaningful and sustainably happy life.