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DCYF offers free coaching to all our funded grantees who serve youth K-12th grade and transitional-age youth. The goal of coaching is to improve program quality by providing on-site and targeted technical assistance to youth-serving programs mapped to youth development principles. Coaching is designed to help improve program quality and is not intended to be personal coaching, nor coaching for agency-level concerns.


We are currently updating our coaching request form, please check again in the near future!



1) Complete a REQUEST FOR COACHING FORM by clicking the button above
2) DCYF will review and approve all requests
3) Once approved, DCYF will match you with one of our TA providers who will follow up with you to assign you a coach


1) If approved, you will be contacted by one of our coaching and TA providers
2) The provider will contact you to assess your needs to determine which coach will best support your needs
3) Once paired, your coach will meet with you to develop a workplan and set a target number of hours and coaching sessions. Coaching activities can consist of: 
         a.  Site observation/feedback
         b.  On-site workshop delivery for staff
         c.  One-on-one coaching for program coordinators
         d.  Meeting facilitation to address program quality issues 
         e.  Curriculum development 
          f. Coordinating and providing other resource referrals
4) Coaches will document the progress of coaching and update DCYF staff regularly.  Information shared in confidence between coaches and programs will not be shared with DCYF. 
5) At the conclusion of the coaching, coaches will report to DCYF the improvements made and recommendations for any additional supports.


Amanda Gerrie

Amanda is passionate about building opportunities for young people to have meaningful, family sustaining careers. She does this by building impactful programs through providing expert consultation, engaging and fun trainings and individualized coaching to nonprofits, education and governmental agencies. In her 18+ years in youth and adult workforce development she has provided direct service, supervised teams and worked in policy development and analysis. Amanda is a Global Career Development Facilitator and Instructor and Certified Life Coach. She holds a Masters’ in Public Administration and undergraduate degree in Child Psychology and has broad expertise working with youth and adult programs throughout the Bay Area. Amanda is a cellist and performs regularly with the Community Women’s Orchestra and when she’s not coaching or training, you can find her hiking with her dogs, Milo and Lulu, in the Oakland Hills.

Aminta Steinbach

In her 15 years in the Youth Development field she has served as Program Coordinator, Youth Leadership Director and Enrichment Instructor. She loves capacity building because getting better at what she does is exciting and she wants to share that excitement with others. She believes that with support and in community, human potential is boundless. When she's not working you can find Aminta practicing Kajukenbo, playing with other people’s children and digging through piles of clothes at thrift stores.

Candice L. Wicks
Candice L. Wicks, M.A.Ed., has been a social justice educator and nonprofit administrator for fourteen years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Social Justice and Equity from San Francisco State University. She has diverse experience working with out of school time programs and has taught high school English and History. As a coach Candice’s expertise covers Youth Voice and Youth Leadership, Cultural Competency, Team Building, Arts Integration, and Common Core. When not training and consulting, Candice is a singer/song-writer and goes by Antique.

Darlene Hall
A black lesbian Psychologist with strong social justice values. She has 25 years experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, working to improve the lives of disenfranchised communities, including people of color, low-income, women, children/ youth, LGBTQ, people who are homeless, and combinations therein. She as a private psychotherapy practice and consulting business, Intersections Consulting, providing consulting, training, facilitation, technical assistance, and coaching in mental health, organizational development, program evaluation and planning, leadership development, youth development, fundraising, power and privilege, and sports/health. Darlene feeds her spirit with sports, reading, writing, Star Trek, musicals, volunteering in her communities, and laughter.

Dr. Diane Johnson

Diane has more than 30 years’ experience in the business, public and social sectors in a multitude of roles. She has been a program director, director of development, project administrator, researcher, trainer and technical assistance provider, corporate communications specialist, program evaluator and national consultant. Her areas of expertise include change management, partnership and collaboration development, spirituality and business, organizational capacity building, community development, cultural competency, leadership development and executive coaching. She has trained, consulted and worked with more than seven thousand individuals representing: progressive not-for-profits; colleges, universities and K-12 educational institutions; local, state, and federal governmental agencies; socially responsible businesses; religious institutions, multi-national corporations; community based organizations; philanthropic entities and foundations; and arts and culture institutions. A national expert in cross-sector partnerships, leadership development and social sector capacity building, Diane has presented at over 420 international, national and regional conferences and meetings. Recently she has focused her work at the intersection of spirituality and social change, and creating congruence between mission, vision and values for social enterprises. She is a core faculty member for the NeighborWorks America National Training Institute (which trains more than 8,000 community development and neighborhood revitalization staff, Board and volunteers each year); and is a former core faculty member of the Chaplaincy Institute of Interfaith Arts and Ministry in Berkeley, CA.

Ed Center

Ed Center is passionate about ending poverty through education and equity. He has worked for 20 years in the education and youth development fields with experiences that range from directing a youth center at Balboa High School to recently serving as Vice President of Education for the United Way of the Bay Area. Ed's areas of interest and expertise include youth leadership, wellness, workforce, full service community schools, program and curriculum design, and scale. Ed brings innovation, thoughtfulness and laughter to all who work with him. He plays and coaches soccer, runs all over the city, and cooks a mean barbecue. He studied English Lit at UC Davis.

Franklin Hysten

Franklin is committed to creating transformative experiences that strengthen youth and their communities. Drawing on 18 years of experience developing leaders in youth development, philanthropy and government -based organizations, he supports Be the Change Consulting’s organizational consulting portfolio, which includes program design, logic modeling, and strategic planning for organizations state-wide. He also manages the youth development portfolio for high-school aged-youth, with a focus on restorative practices. His strong background in youth development has afforded him the opportunity to train and coach emerging non-profit professionals and share best practices with staff, managers and funders. In his spare time Franklin enjoys barbequing, spending time with family, and playing the keyboard.

Gerald Reyes

G Reyes likens himself to water that flows thru cracks & crevices carving out opportunities to dig deep, reach out, and rise up. This process of becoming has led him to bring almost two decades of well-rounded teaching (single & multiple subjects), coaching (teacher, youth worker, school reform, and school leader coaching), and leading (instructional and organizational leadership) experiences in K-12 schooling, Youth Development, teacher development, and teacher preparation. He currently works as a Lecturer at St. Mary’s College and UC Berkeley in their Teacher Education departments working to authentically prepare new urban teachers. G is also working towards completing his Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education’s program in Language Literacy Culture and Society. His current research investigates the process as well as nature of the conditions needed to cultivate a community of critical, caring, and culturally responsive teachers. As a public intellectual, he has presented and keynoted at numerous conferences across the country, university classes, schools, and youth programs.

Jenjii Hysten

Jenjii is an advocate, teacher, student, facilitator and a voice for the voiceless. In her 15+ years Jenjii has served as a Program Director, Executive Director, Dean of Students, Curriculum Designer. Jenjii holds a BA in Interdisciplinary-Studies-Urban Economic Development (UCB), is an Ordained Reverend, holds a Compass point ED certificate and is currently pursuing a Certified Life Coach certificate. As a coach Jenjii can quickly assess complex organizational issues and develop creative solutions to problems. She utilizes the power of metaphors and storytelling to connect program challenges to theoretical frameworks. Jenjii is a great cook and enjoys biking, reading and exploring new places with her husband and two sons.

John Fuentes

In the past 15 years John has served as an Agency Director for Bay Area Community Resources, a Coalition Director and After School Site Coordinator. John has also been an ELC coach for the past three years. John’s coaching expertise ranges from high school program design, program branding and marketing, youth Development and building strong organizational Climate and Culture. John is an activist and peace-maker. John was recently the subject of a documentary titled 24 pieces, in which John is one of 24 peacemakers from around the world including Deepak Chopra, Eliyahu McLean, Marianne Williamson and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Jose Carrasco

Jose was the Youth Services director at Good Samaritan, is the founder of Loco Bloco Drum and Dance Ensemble, and was a facilitator with Peer Resources. He has built his career deeply immersed in communities, working together with colleagues, youth participants, their parents and with partners in neighborhood public schools to design, implement and deliver high quality programs for children and youth of Latino immigrant families.

Kahlil Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Kahlil is an UC Berkeley alumnus and social activist. He has been a Berkeley resident since 1994.Kahlil just recently returned from a year long trip to Tanzania where he taught at an international school. Prior to that he was a middle school teach in the Oakland Unified School District. In his spare time, he has been known for spinning tracks at local clubs.

Kim Coulthurst

Kim is a fierce advocate for community-centered solutions. She’s a strategic change agent with a 25-year track record assisting private and public sector employees and organizations to achieve impactful outcomes. Supporting adults who strive to serve community with authenticity is her singular mission. She has run virtually every type of youth workforce development program: multiple Summer Youth Employment Programs and a number of other WIA funded programs; an AmeriCorps program; a youth-run employment training and referral program; and a youth enterprise incubator. For the last 12 years Kim has applied leading-edge behavioral psychology, systems theory, organizational development and other disciplines to equip organizations to build capacity and infrastructure for high-quality client services. Kim holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Mills College and Certificates in Non-Profit Management and Human Resources Management from California State University, East Bay. She has specialized training in Participatory Decision-making, Human Performance Technology, Non-Violent Communication and Youth Development.

Latanya West

Latanya is passionate about utilizing her background in the arts and K-12 education to help change agents fulfill their marketing and outreach missions. An experienced writer, consultant, and trainer, Latanya has helped non-profits and businesses in the areas of workforce development, reentry and juvenile crime prevention, community outreach, facilitator training, and educational publishing improve their business and marketing communications. With her assistance, organizations can strategically uncover the heart of their marketing and communications objectives. She partners with clients to help them reach their targeted audience quickly and effectively.

Oscar Wolters-Duran

Oscar has over twenty years of experience in youth development and education, starting 1992 as a reading teacher, and most recently serving as the Executive Director of UC Berkeley’s Young Entrepreneurs at Haas. In 2005 he founded Blue Thistle Consulting, and has provided coaching, training, evaluation, strategic planning, and curriculum design services for hundreds of clients throughout the United States. He currently serves as a coach, trainer, and literacy consultant for San Francisco's Department for Children, Youth and Their Families, the San Francisco Unified School District, and the San Francisco Public Library. Oscar also practices the Brazilian art of Capoeira and is the author of the children's book “Marina’s Capoeira Countdown.” He is also the co-author, along with Eva Jo Meyers, of Spark Decks, a set of professional development tools for expanded learning practitioners.

Sangita Kumar

Sangita Kumar is a results-based organizational development consultant and a skilled trainer dedicated to the empowerment of individuals and communities. Her work over the past ten years has allowed her to interact with a wide variety of organizations in business and nonprofit sectors in the United States and internationally. Sangita’s experience with these organizations ranges from coaching, staffing, professional development, strategic planning, program design, program management, and mentoring. Sangita has designed and led over 300 training workshops and specializes in applying youth-development theory to program design and programmatic quality improvements. Her combination of organizational development skills and her passion for learning and change allow her to move flexibly and efficiently among diverse organizations. In 2010, Sangita completed a master’s degree in Organizational Development and became a Certified Life Coach.

Sue Kuyper

Sue comes from a social-context based, trauma-informed and restorative justice-oriented approach to capacity building. As a social worker, clinical therapist, case manager, community organizer and trainer she has worked with youth and families in afterschool and alternative educational setting advocating for the needs of special education student and multilingual communities. Sue holds a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Master’s in Social Work is a trained Somatic Coach and will soon hold an LCSW. As a coach Sue’s expertise lies in Trauma, Vicarious Trauma, Program design for ESL integration, Restorative Justice, Behavior Management, Program Coordination and Curriculum. Sue loves working out, and dancing in the kitchen with her two children.

Tanya Mayo

In her 20 plus years in the field she has been a Program Director, Executive Director and Capacity Builder. Tanya has a BFA in theater, is a Certified Life Coach and is trained in the Man-Alive non-violent communication approach. Her areas of expertise as a capacity builder include Cultural Competency, Staff Development and Youth Development. Tanya is a phenomenal champion for her coaching clients, asks difficult questions, name the elephants in the room, and celebrates wildly when clients are successful. Tanya is a beginning ukulele player, and when not working you can find her riding bikes with her seven year old son Kekoa.


CHALK/Bay Area Community Resources

CHALK has extensive experience in job readiness, youth leadership, outreach and retention. Our youth employment programs are distinguished by their peer-led and youth-driven service delivery model. Youth lead our recruitment efforts, play leadership roles in service delivery, and staff work with participants to help them identify their own goals and motivations and build on their inner resiliency and strengths. CHALK’s workshops focus on two areas: reflection and skill building. Using an assets-based approach, participants are taught to reflect on their personal, academic and professional experience as each influences their identities and how they perform in their professional roles. Participants are taught skills relative to the workshop topic and since workshops are interactive, participants learn to practice the skills with one another. Our focus on youth conducted workshops makes our model unique. Youth facilitators provide participants with a culturally competent experience, ensuring participants get an authentic youth perspective as part of the curriculum.

Lavendar Youth Recreation & Information Center (LYRIC)

LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with LGBTQQ youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities. LYRIC’s HISTORY is solid and rich. Founded in 1988, LYRIC is an anchor institution where LGBTQQ youth collaborate with peers and adult allies to promote social change in their communities. Recognized in 2001 by the Community Network for Youth Development for our youth development (YD) model, LYRIC has been at the forefront of creating and implementing innovative and successful YD practices and principles for LGBTQQ and ally youth and the community. As a high-performing service provider, technical assistance/capacity building expert and policy advocate, LYRIC holds a depth of knowledge and a breadth of connections that ties us to a vast array of networks that inform the field of youth development.


Last updated: 4/4/2018 9:11:48 AM
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