Brief Organization History
Touch Point Connection (TPC) grew from working with school leaders in the Seattle, Washington area.
Joan Hillebrand Alexander, TPC’s founder and a certified professional coach, was providing executive coaching to school and district leaders. Some started having coaching conversations with students. As a result, one high school leader lowered discipline referrals by more than 60% in just one month.
Joan and another certified coach then organized a school-based coaching program for that high school. For two years, community women coached 40 female high school students. Their impact was positive in academic performance, attendance, and behavior referrals. The male students were also asking for coaching.
By then, Joan had moved to Tucson and wanted to form a non-profit organization. It would formally fund and test coaching applications and delivery methods for use with both male and female students.
A group of concerned citizens attracted to Joan’s compelling story joined in and a “construction crew” was formed. Touch Point Connection was incorporated and gained federal tax exempt status. A test site was established at Amphitheater High School within the Amphitheater School District.
Touch Point Connection: Accomplishments
- Provided Success Coaches to over 120 distinct students, many for multiple school years
- Operated a school-imbedded Coaching Office to test just-in-time coaching.
- Recruited, trained, qualified, and provided case management for more than 50 community volunteers who served as Volunteer Success Coaches
- Provided specialized coach training to volunteers who served as staff coaches in the Coaching Office
- Established processes and procedures for working seamlessly with community volunteers and within the school environment
- Worked in cooperation with the high school and school district administration and staff
- Collected both quantitative and qualitative data on program outcomes and program delivery methods
- Secured program funding through grant applications and individual appeals
- Provided workshops to agencies that support youth and parents
Outcomes of teen coaching at Amphitheater High School
- 5-fold decease in disciplinary referrals
- 50% increase in Grade Point Averages (GPAs)
- 75% cut in absenteeism
- Students realized the relevance of their schoolwork, set goals, learned to deal with and manage distractions — and create choices for their futures.