You can tell in his podcast that he is really passionate about what he does! This is a great way to get good insight on the struggles of what teenagers go through.
The Shocking Truth:
“3.2 million 12- to 17-year-olds have had at least one major depressive episode within the past 12 months”
-Source: US News & World Report
“Do you have a daughter? Due to skyrocketing self-harm rates, she could be in the 1 in 4 rushed to the ER”
-Source: The New York Times
“Anxiety levels are rising sharply every HOUR teens spend on their phones”
-Source: Harvard Medical School
“The tips and techniques that Dr.RJ taught me has helped me tremendously! Before high school, I did not care much about my grades but now that I am making A’s, I really like school. Dr. RJ has helped me with my organization and he showed me how to be more efficient with my time.”
Is Your Teen Dealing with any of the following issues?
Low self esteem
Lack of confidence
Little to no motivation
Underperforming in academics and sports
Poor decision making
With the uncertainty of the new remote school year coming up, it’s important that these issues be addressed so that they don’t interfere with your teen’s ability to thrive during this new normal. By offering them the opportunity to develop their confidence and self-assurance, we can give them the best chance possible of succeeding in all areas of their lives.
Life Coaching and Personal Development
The Life Scholars Academy creates an environment where teenagers will fall in love with personal development.
Personal development is the key to growth in every area of their lives.
Life coaching will give them the tools, the strategies, the motivation, and accountability to reach higher levels in every area of their lives. At the Life Scholars Academy, teenagers will have the opportunity to experience life coaching in virtual group sessions each week.
The following group coaching topics are offered each week:
“At first I did not understand why my mom hired Dr. RJ. It wasn’t until I had my first coaching session that I realized that having a life coach is so important. Dr. RJ noticed that fear was limiting my growth. I did not participate in any extracurricular activities. I did not try when it came to homework and tests. I didn’t even try to make any new friends. After he worked with me to overcome my fear, things started to improve in my life. Now, I play hockey, I have a fun friend group, and I make all A’s!”
Brody Hughes, 14-year-old
“Dr. RJ helped me when life was most stressful. Before my SAT I was suffering from anxiety and depression. I honestly just felt stuck. I looked forward to my coaching sessions with Dr. RJ because he always helped me to see things in a whole new way. We worked through all of my issues (he calls them obstacles) and he gave me tools to use when I start to feel overwhelmed and anxious. By the way, I scored a 1510 on my SAT and I honestly believe that Dr. RJ had a lot to do with that.”
Libby Mitchell, 18-year-old
Dr. RJ Jackson
Certified Life Coach. Board-Certified Orthodontist. Author. Philanthropist
Creator and Host of A Teen’s Perspective Podcast.
You do not have to be an orthodontist to create smiles.
Before I tell you why I became a life coach for teenagers, I need to first tell you why I became an orthodontist.
You heard me right. I am an orthodontist 😁
When I was in high school, my guidance counselor asked me to pick a career. “What do you want to do for the rest of your life?” she asked.
I replied with the most common phrase used by all teenagers, “I don’t know.”
So she asked me a different question. “If you could make a difference in the world, what difference would you make.”
I thought about that question for a while. I knew she would not allow me to use that common phrase again.
I replied,”I want people to be happy. I would spread happiness.”
“Great! You have two options. You can be a comedian or you can be an orthodontist.”
(Life coaching wasn’t a career back then.)
My decision was easy at that point. I was not funny so I chose to be an orthodontist.
I thought to myself, “Smiles are the logo for happiness so why not be the guy who creates them.”
I never strayed from that path and in May of 2012, it was official. I was an orthodontist.
I enjoy creating smiles!
And I felt that I was following my life’s mission to spread happiness until May of 2016, something happened!
If you have never had braces then you probably do not know the celebration that occurs when braces come off. It is a happy occasion.
The patient is happy and sometimes crying tears of joy. The parents are happy. My team is happy and I am happy. This was the image that was in my mind that day in the counselor’s office when I decided that I was going to be an orthodontist.
But something happened. A few days later, I received a phone call from that parent telling me that her daughter was unhappy.
She knew I mentored teenagers so she asked if I could help.
“I would be happy to talk with her but it sounds like she needs a therapist.”
I had only mentored teenagers at that time. I wasn’t trained to handle a teenager who was struggling with depression.
But that wasn’t all, the next week the same thing happened again. This time with a different parent. And again I referred them to a therapist.
But that wasn’t it because the same thing happened a third time.
At that moment, I knew orthodontics, alone, was not going to be enough to fulfill my life’s purpose of spreading happiness among teenagers.
You see, if something happens once, then it is random.
If something happens twice, then it is a coincidence.
If something happens three times, then I need to pay attention.
So the moment after I spoke with the third parent, I immediately started to research how I could help these teenagers.
I was prepared to pursue a degree in therapy until all three parents told me that therapy was not helping their child.
So I went back to the drawing board.
And that is when I discovered life coaching.
Today, I am happy to continue to spread happiness by creating smiles on the outside (as an orthodontist) and on the inside (as a teen life coach).
“After Alex joined his coaching program, I witnessed a transformation over four weeks. My son is much more motivated. I no longer have to fight with him about homework, and practice and video games. We are so grateful for Dr. RJ. After witnessing the transformation with Alex, I believe that every teenager could benefit from a life coach.”
-Adam DeLeon (Parent)
Listen to Dr. RJ’s recent parenting podcast
This 17 year old female shares her experience with teenage life and a difficult situation with her best friend.
What’s included in the coaching program?
Each week, members will have the opportunity to join Dr. RJ as he teaches a transformative life principle.
Video trainings designed to teach members how to manage their thoughts and emotions as they develop their confidence.
Members will have access to on demand video trainings covering topics from goal setting to specific topics such as How to choose a career path.
Parents will have the opportunity to join Life Scholars private Facebook group where Dr. RJ will share updates, and tips and techniques for parent coaching their teen. In this facebook, he will also share the progress of the life scholars.
Part of the mission of the Life Scholars Academy is for members to impact their peers and their communities. Each week, Dr. RJ will share a challenge that will encourage life scholars to develop their leadership.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, but the parent or legal guardian must sign all intake forms.
We have a system to get even the most resistant teenagers to buy-in to the program. Parents are also encouraged to follow our script when introducing life coaching to their child. It is very important that parents do not compare life coaching to therapy. Out of 100 teenagers polled, 93% preferred a life coach over a therapist or counselor.
Dr. RJ would love for the opportunity to interview your child. Please contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! The Life Scholars Academy program is for any teenager or young adult. In fact, this program is perfect for high achieving students since it requires commitment and dedication to become a true scholar of life.
Topics are chosen based on feedback from the members and their parents on our Facebook group. With that said, Dr. RJ enjoys teaching on the following:
Goal Setting, Parent-teen relationships, leadership, happiness, popularity, money, entrepreneurship, and purpose.
Here is what parents have to say!