Who knew that an invitation to an Old Folsom State Prison Gavel Club (Gaveliers) meeting by a local life coach would lead to a new training course being started for the men at Folsom. After much encouragement and some shameless begging, Julie W. Hubbs, M.S., agreed to teach life coaching to the inmates of Old Folsom. The first class began in May 2017 with every seat being filled by Gaveliers. The second class was filled with facilitators from various groups, and the four following classes were open to the general population. The feedback from participants, gathered from a pre- and post-assessment test, has been abundantly positive. Many more men are curious about what life coaching is and are waiting to get involved.
At first, we had no idea what life coaching entailed. We thought it was helping others get through life with more confidence. Boy, were we way off! As men we want to “fix” things, we want to “give advice” and we want to “make things better fast.” Coach Hubbs dispelled that type of thinking. She helped us align our own heads, hearts and guts by helping us to be our authentic selves. She wants us to be the best version of ourselves. Coach Hubbs, with her direct and personal style, makes everyone participate. Coach has a witty and heartfelt style that keeps the class interesting and helps participants feel safe enough to get involved.
Coach Hubbs invited six men—Rob Cutchlow, Lee Haynes, Aaron Lamphere, Grant Prouty, Chris Whisnant and me, Anthony Romero—to enter a life coaching training program now called “The Soaring Eagles.” With more than 100 hours of classroom training, we have learned how to motivate others, to listen with suspended judgment, to guide others to find their own solutions, and to encourage everyone to be the best version of himself.
The Soaring Eagles hope to get a certificate program started soon where certified life coaches work with men who are intent on becoming their best selves.
By Anthony Romero, Contributing Writer