For Parents

Courage Space Youth Coaching Program

Leading the next step with Emotional Intelligence


The Challenge Faced

Transitioning from high school to university can and will be for many students the most challenging experience they have faced in their lives. Getting accepted into university or college, securing a student loan and maintaining good grades are just the beginning when it comes to challenges for young students. For most, the challenges go far beyond academics and finances. Most students aren’t ready for the social and emotional demands of their first year.

The biggest changes for young kids entering university are:

  • Personal Responsibility – students are in a new experience of being accountable and responsible for themselves
  • Independence – students must balance course workload, social life and day to day living demands on their own.
  • Time Management – students must create their own schedule and spend their time effectively in a way they are not used to.
  • Social Demands – students will need to recreate their social world and feel social pressure to make new friends.

And for kids who are not emotionally prepared, transitions can be danger points because of the stress experienced with it. Students often struggle to get emotional support when they need it and often experience mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Some turn to drug and alcohol or high-risk behaviour for relief. The overall result is poor academic performance, regardless of how intellectually smart they are.

As a parent we can often feel overwhelmed when we consider the challenges our young students will be facing during this time. So how can you support your child as they transition into independence?


The Difference Courage Space Makes

I provide the tools to equip your child to be effective as they navigate the critical transition to post secondary education. I give them perspective on how their emotions have a role to play in their own self worth, their self expression, their relationships, the way they handle stress and how they make decisions. I work closely with students through a combination of an assessment and coaching to help them develop their emotional intelligence skills. The focus: helping students build emotional resilience for their next stage.

What they get:youth-coaching-program

  • Tools and a compass for personal effectiveness
  • Map of emotional operating system
  • Learn how to turn adversity into opportunity
  • Learn foundational emotional skills

Direct impact of the program:

  • Develop okayness about self
  • Strengthen emotional immune system
  • Build resilience

What students will notice:

  • Able to navigate successfully the increased demands of student life
  • Healthier and happy relationships
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Stronger leadership skills
  • Better study habits
  • Increased motivation and persistence


I have had two consultations with Dagmar at Courage Space since doing the EQ-i test. In both of these consultations Dagmar went through my strengths as well as areas needing improvement based on the EQ-i test. Dagmar not only helped me to understand which areas in my life (such as decision making and flexibility) I needed to work on, but she gave me the necessary tools for me to use in order to achieve self-improvement. Dagmar had excellent people-skills and I felt comfortable and safe opening up to her. She was able to get to the root of the problem in a way that I don’t think I could have done on my own. In my every day life I can see that I have started to become more confident in social situations and understand my own needs better so that I can look after myself and others in effective ways. ”
Alana Crofts, Student age 19, Sawtell, Australia


How Does It Work? EQ-i 2.0-Higher-Education-Report-summary

In the Youth Coaching Program, students receive:

  • EQ-i 2.0 Higher Education Online assessment
  • EQ-i 2.0 Higher Education Comprehensive Report – sample report
  • One-on-one skill development coaching
  • Valuable resources and encouragement for continued learning

The EQ-i 2.0 Higher Education assessment provides a map of a student’s emotional operating system by looking at emotional intelligence skills. And one-on-one coaching provides an opportunity for students to explore more deeply specific areas they may be struggling in and produce some effective and positive results including breakthroughs, strategies and sometimes life changing ‘aha’ moments.

Dagmar creates a confidential and safe space for students to be vulnerable and to explore themselves, if they wish, at a deeper level. She then empowers students to move beyond their obstacles and to use them as a springboard to create the future they want.

Students may then decide to do further coaching. It’s recommended to do at least three follow-up coaching sessions after the assessment to give time and space for students to experience real change and shifts in perspective.

Let’s give your student the skills they need to navigate this next big step. Contact me and make your booking today.


“My experience with the EQ test was nothing but positive. It only takes a short 10 minutes to do the test and the meeting really helps you better understand your emotional strengths and weaknesses, enhancing your ability in certain situations and decision making. Dagmar has been a pleasure to work with. ”
Lucas Barker, Student Age 17, North Vancouver, Canada

Getting Started

Once a student decides to participate in the Youth Coaching Program, I begin the process of connecting with the student and parents and scheduling the assessment and debrief coaching session(s). If students or parents have any specific questions, they can contact me directly, I’m quite open to meeting over coffee to talk more about the program in person.

Emotional Intelligence (EI) is where it’s at for creating our future leaders. And I’m passionate about helping our young people become those future leaders.

View a sample report to find out more and contact for an information package.