ABOUT LEAH, FOUNDER OF TYMC

Originally from Wirral, UK, I now live in a tiny stone cottage in the mountains of Northern Spain, where there are more bears & wolves than residents. Luckily I have great WiFi and enjoy tranquility and nature. For the past decade I've also lived in the UK, Ecuador and parts of Africa, in big cities and rural areas, working with young people and changemakers for some amazing youth & community charities, environmental NGOs and in education. I love wildlife, travel, adventure, conservation, culture and making a positive social impact. See my Instagram and videos for info. The serious stuff includes:

  • 16 Years' experience working with young people and students (11-25yrs.+) in the charitable sector & education

  • Youth Mentoring since 2007 & Coaching since 2013

  • Level 4 NVQ in Advice & Guidance IAG (courses & careers)

  • 2500+ hours of 1:1 & group youth mentoring & coaching

  • Completed a 135 hour ACTP Accredited Certification in Advanced Coaching 'Coach to Lead'. EMCC Accredited Coach & Mentor at Senior Practitioner Level: EIA20216129.

  • Holds certificates in Mindfulness & Group Coaching

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Youth & Community Work, at Masters level, with Distinction

  • Level 7 JNC Professionally Qualified Youth Worker 

  • Trainer, speaker, educator & workshop facilitator (400+hrs)

  • Trains and mentors Youth Coaches

  • Train the Trainer Certified & holder of an Edexcel Level 3 Award in Assessing Candidates

  • Developed 7 youth mentoring & coaching programs in the UK, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya & virtually

  • Experienced in supporting young people with their mental health, Autism, Asperger's, ADHD & post-trauma

  • Experienced in prevention, intervention & child protection. Supported young people with medical needs

  • Passionate about Social & Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Extensive staff, student & volunteer supervisionTaught Personal Social Health Education, TEFL etc.

  • Holds a B.Sc. (Hons) degree in Wildlife Conservation

  • Spanish Police Clearance, 2021. UK DBS Clearance, 2014.

 

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Leah Black TYMC

A PEAK INTO LEAH'S JOURNEY

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After a very difficult time in my teens when life felt hopeless and I hit challenge after challenge I changed my life around. Inspired by a biology teacher and books, I left school and studied my passion of animal care in a Welsh college miles away from my home to find new peers and possibilities. I found freedom from the bad stuff and the anger that I'd held inside and I achieved excellent grades for the first time. That gave me the boost I needed to put 100% into my 'wild' dreams, which had seemed nearly impossible until then. I took positive risks, worked every day and night from 16 years old to self-fund my studies, own home and volunteer placements; gaining that vital experience to achieve my degree in Wildlife Conservation and dream job working in nature, which I got by the age of 22. After that, many more milestones were reached like my post grad in Youth & Community Work, building youth mentoring and coaching programs and my world travels.

 

I'm no stranger to crossing massive barriers in life, yet I never gave up. I saw opportunities for new beginnings instead of bad ends to dwell on. I held onto a future vision and fulfilled my big aspirations; worked with young people and communities in wildlife conservation, stayed with a tribe in the Amazon Rainforest, met wild gorillas, camped alone on jungle islands, walked to Machu Picchu, started a PhD, visited the Galapagos islands, developed several youth projects and led many community programs, bought a forest and lived in Ecuador, Spain and Africa. My life lessons, positive attitude and gratitude for all of life's experiences made me the strong, enthusiastic, intuitive and bold, yet gentle and caring leader and person that I am today. Now I aspire to inspire others and to connect young people to their inner nature and our natural world; having helped hundreds of young people to reach their potential, be themselves and to make a positive impact in the world!