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This 10-lesson mentorship program walks students through everything that they need to do in order to take charge of their digital footprint. Students will create a strong digital foundation that will put them on the path to their dream job.

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Parents, we understand the challenges you face every day. Watching your child struggle can be heart-wrenching.

"You're going to see so many improvements..."
- Jacob, a Teen Life Coach Student

"You are your thoughts"
Meet Coach Kevin & learn how we help your kid

"Therapy made my kid sad over time, I came to SmartSocial to get some positive coaching"

When is the right time to bring in a coach?

"Building self confidence in your teen"
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Get to know our coaching program through the eyes of a mom of a Teen

How Students Benefit From Our Life Coaching

Less Negative Self Talk

Nurturing inner strength: Through positive reinforcement and skill-building exercises, we empower teens to build and maintain a robust sense of self-confidence.

Improved Social Skills

Enhancing interpersonal connections: Our coaching includes social skill development, essential for teens to form meaningful, supportive relationships.

Increased Motivation

Igniting internal drive: We use goal-setting and achievement strategies to spark and sustain motivation in students, especially those facing low enthusiasm.

Enhanced Focus and Attention

Sharpened concentration abilities: Our program employs specific techniques that help students with ADHD improve their focus and manage distractions effectively.

Elevated Self-Esteem/Confidence

Cultivating personal worth: We guide teens in recognizing and valuing their unique qualities, fostering a healthier, more positive self-image.

Effective Emotional Management

Balancing emotional responses: The program equips teens with tools to understand and regulate their emotions, crucial for managing anxiety and stress.

There's hope...and it starts with a simple, yet powerful, 30-minute consultation with one of our seasoned program leaders.

Do you see your teen struggling with these issues?

Negative Self Talk

Negative self-talk is a pervasive internal dialogue in which a person imagines they are not capable or lovable. A person stuck in negative self-talk does not believe they can succeed or be accepted by others, which may keep them from trying new things, addressing goals with confidence, or engaging with others. They may feel deeply insecure in their abilities as well as their values as a person.


Insecurity can be a crippling belief that you are not good enough. It can seep into almost any area of life—school, social life, work, and all kinds of interpersonal interactions. A person experiencing insecurity may dread engaging in certain activities or approach situations expecting to fail or be rejected.


In the context of teen emotional and behavioral patterns, isolation is a type of withdrawal from friends and family. It can be caused by poor self-esteem—fear of rejection—or problems that feel too overwhelming to share. Isolation can have serious physical as well as emotional risks over the long term, from depression to heart disease.

Anger Issues

Mood swings, outbursts, and overreaction to minor provocations are all signs of anger issues. Some anger issues can be normal for teenagers, whose hormones are all over the place and who crave independence, pushing back against parental restrictions. But the inability to control anger and find healthy coping and communications skills can be destructive to a teen’s ability to get along with others and achieve their goals.


Short-term stress is often a natural reaction to real issues, such as challenging projects or multiple school deadlines. When stress becomes the norm for your teen, however, they may be overreacting to daily life challenges your teen feels incapable of handling. This can interfere with sleep, make your teen irritable (and difficult to be around), and cause feelings of being stuck.

Poor Impulse Control

Teens with poor impulse control are prone to acting without thinking. They are guided by emotions, a desire for instant gratification, or mental-health issues like ADHD or depression. Without impulse control, teens fail to consider the consequences of their actions, causing them to make potentially life-harming decisions.

Poor Time Management

Poor time management can manifest itself as procrastination, difficulty balancing school and other responsibilities with time spent on social and recreational activities, or failing to allow enough time to finish projects and meet deadlines. Over time, teens with poor time management may become overwhelmed, having let work pile up to where it’s no longer manageable without help getting back on track.

Low Self Esteem

A teen suffering from low self-esteem has a negative self-image and fears that others have a low image of them, as well. They feel inadequate and often compare themselves in a negative light to others they view as more capable, successful, popular, or attractive. Signs can include negative self-talk, withdrawal from social engagement, or unwillingness to take healthy risks out of fear of failure. A person with low self-esteem may have trouble setting and achieving goals.


While isolated anxiety—feeling anxious or nervous about a particularly stressful situation in the immediate future—is normal, many people experience generalized anxiety, in which even small, everyday stressors (school papers, attending social events, joining extracurricular groups) seem terrifying. This kind of anxiety can be immobilizing and self-sabotaging.

Low Motivation

Teens with low motivation may show decreased desire or enthusiasm for activities and tasks they used to handle with ease. It can stem from poor self-image (“nothing I do matters anyway”) or depression and often comes with failure to identify goals they want to achieve.

Body Image Issues

Teens with body-image issues may have unrealistic images of what “normal” beauty is. Social media can be a source of body-image problems when teens compare themselves in a negative light to influencers and other celebrities and want to emulate a kind of physical perfection that is unattainable and misleading. Poor body image can lead to dangerous conditions including eating disorders, excessive exercise, and depression.

Struggles at School

There are a lot of reasons a teen may struggle at school. These can be correlated with other issues listed such as poor motivation, difficulty managing time, difficulty concentrating, anxiety, lack of goals, and low self esteem. Finding the reasons behind a teen’s struggles at school are key to helping overcome them.

Fighting with Parents

Teens often fight with parents over restrictions they believe are overly strict. They may believe their parents don’t trust them to make good decisions, leading to constant arguments. In some cases, teenagers are unable or unwilling to tell parents about struggles they’re experiencing—breaking up with a boyfriend/girlfriend, problems at school, or something else, causing them to lash out without giving their parents a chance to offer counsel and support.


Avoidance is a way of running from challenges instead of finding ways to tackle them. It can be an unhealthy coping mechanism, hoping problems will just go away if ignored long enough. When someone refuses to engage in certain activities without giving a valid reason, it may be a sign that they feel overly anxious or intimidated. Unaddressed, this can lead to missed opportunities for personal growth and learning how to overcome hurdles. In the long term, it can undermine a teen’s ability to meet important goals.

Unlocking Your Teen’s Potential: How We Can Help Them Be Their Best Self

Understand Your Child Better

Our experts are not just skilled coaches; they are compassionate listeners. They'll help you unravel the complexities of your child's behavior and emotions, providing clarity and understanding.

Actionable Steps with Practical, Immediate Advice

You'll walk away from this call with practical advice and strategies that you can start applying immediately, making a real difference in your child's life.

A Glimpse into a Proven Program with Success Stories

Hear firsthand how our program has transformed the lives of children just like yours - turning anxiety into achievement, fear into fortitude, and uncertainty into unwavering confidence.

No Pressure, Just Support with Low Commitment, High Reward

This consultation is your no-pressure opportunity to explore options for your child. There's no obligation to enroll in our program, just a chance to learn how we can help.

Get Ahead And Become A Proactive Parent

We're offering this valuable consultation to learn how to get in front of issues. This is your chance to take the first step towards a happier, more confident child.

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Unaddressed in the teen years, these issues can lead to lifelong feelings of insecurity and unhealthy behaviors that don’t resolve on their own—instead, they can spiral.

Often teens need support even when they don’t ask or it.

You’re concerned about your child suffering now, and you’re concerned that if nothing changes, they’ll miss out on opportunities they’ve worked so hard for. Goals they used to care about. A future that should be well within their grasp.

Why does teen life coaching work?

We can help your teen get past the obstacles—real or imagined—that are holding them back.

Set up a consultation today so we can hear your concerns and offer a solution. It’s a giant step toward re-discovering your child’s inner strength and unlocking the full potential they hold.

Part 1: Here's how students discover themselves

Lesson 1.1: Discover Your Strengths

In order to shine online you need to first discover your strengths. We will spend time working to understand and define what you stand for so you can recognize and attract future opportunities.

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Lesson 1.2 - Discover your passions!

What are you passionate about? Use social media and brainstorming activities to help you determine what you are most passionate about.

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Lesson 1.3: Discover Your Dream Job/Dream Career Path

Learn how to use the things you are passionate about to help design your dream career and determine how to develop the messages you send to future employers.

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Lesson 1.4: Learn from Experts in a Field you Like

Get concrete skills that will allow you to connect with experts in a field you like. We will determine how to find accurate ways to learn about experts you are interested in and evaluate what they are sharing online.

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Lesson 1.5: Discover How Your Strengths, Passions, and Path Fit Together

We will look at key takeaways from each lesson already completed and start to grasp how the personality traits and talents we’ve been discovering can help you achieve your goals.

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Part 2: Get Discovered Online

Lesson 2.1: Audit Your Online Brand

Do you know what Google is saying about you? We are going to master how to audit your online brand so you understand what your digital footprint currently looks like. 

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Lesson 2.2: Plan Your Online Brand

We want you to feel confident about what you are posting online. Let’s put you in charge of your own Google results by designing your personal brand. 

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Lesson 2.3: Build Your Online Brand/Portfolio

Want to get noticed by large companies like Disney, AT&T, Neutrogena, and more? We’ll start building your online portfolio (live online or in draft form offline) to get your name and accomplishments to the top of the Google results. 

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Lesson 2.4: Building Your Instagram (and Other Accounts)

Jump into building your social media accounts in a way that will help you stand out in a sea of job applicants to large companies like Google, SpaceX, Amazon, and Tesla.  

Launching your website

Lesson 2.5: Maintain Your Online Brand

Your online brand is constantly evolving. We’ve started you on the right path and now are handing you all the tools needed to maintain your online presence so your social media can align with your goals.

Planning your portfolio

Graduates of the Student Branding Academy (SBA) have earned scholarships, landed jobs, and stood out from competition when applying to their dream college

Educators: Contact Us To Learn More About This Program
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38% of college admissions officers say what they find online has a positive impact on prospective students (Kaplan).

What Happens When Students Don't Create a Positive Online Brand?

Welcome to the Student Branding Academy!

The immediate end-product of SBA will be an online portfolio unique to you and your future goals. Our long-term goal is that this portfolio will help you get discovered by employers or college admissions to meet your personal goals for the future. 

By participating in this program, you will:

  • Discover your personal strengths using a personality text to start exploring your skills with examples of celebrities and historical leaders who match your results
  • Identify your personal and professional goals and tips to explore the path to get you to those goals
  • Organize and showcase your skills and talents to support your goals for the future
  • Grow to feel comfortable with letting your personality shine online because YOU have created that online presence

What happens when your Google results don't tell the story you want to tell?

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How Schools Benefit From Our Student Branding Academy

We take a positive approach to social media and create fun, easy to follow video workshops and training guides that engage students in the classroom (and at home). We also offer customized, virtual presentations to teach students to shine online.

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Reduce the negative impact of a student's negative social media post hurting your community

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Minimize stress on parents by creating a plan that protects each family at home and at school

Create a positive digital culture on campus that promotes healthy screen time habits

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Establish a roadmap for your students' social media education

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Turn your students into positive examples of students who help others

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Learn how to teach students to use social media for good

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What Parents & Educators Say About SmartSocial

The SmartSocial programs teach adults the essentials of social media and how to work with students to stay safe online

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Good info for any parent or educator who wants to keep kids safe and happy online. Keep up the good work!


Kristen J.

Parent of Teen

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Thanks for the program. Tons of great info that can help me protect my kids.


Cindy T.

Parent of 5th & 9th Graders

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Josh's presentation about social media was fantastic. It was such a thoughtful process. My students learned what they should and shouldn't be posting online.


Director of College Advising

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This webinar is a very helpful eye-opener on the apps that are popular with my students.


Irene C.

Educator Webinar Attendee

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You hear all of these things about what kids are doing online and it was great to understand the things that are hidden behind the scenes on these popular apps. We are definitely better off now. Thank you for the presentation.



Parent Webinar Attendee

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I really love the emphasis on having a dialogue. This presentation gives parents the tools to be able to communicate with their children effectively about what matters most. 


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Educator Webinar Attendee

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I'm a counselor and Josh's presentation was fabulous and very very informative.



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This is great info, thanks for giving me some ideas on how to start a dialogue with my teen!


Sharon M.

Parent Webinar Attendee

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I watched this presentation because I don't know anything about social media. Now I can teach my kids.



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How does the program work?

Once you enroll, you'll get access to the six learning modules. Each learning module guides you through that lesson's coursework with videos, worksheets, and hands-on activities. Throughout the course, Josh will hold live Zoom office hours to answer any questions you have.

How much does it cost?

This program is normally $499 per student.

What if I want to include two students in the program?

Upon checkout you will have the option of enrolling another student for a discounted rate.

How much of a time commitment is the SBA?

Each learning module can be watched in about 30 minutes. After the learning module, your student can work on their online brand/homework for about 30 additional minutes per week. That’s about one-hour per week for six-weeks.

Can my student work through the program solo, or do I need to be there with them?

It’s best if you (the parent) join them so you can work together to help them. However, your student is welcome to login and watch the videos on their own if they are self-motivated enough to stay on task.

Will my student interact with anyone other than the Team?

Our platform/modules don’t allow your student to communicate with other members in the program. During office hours, we may feature other students/parents to highlight their questions and online brand.

What is your refund policy?

The short answer is yes! We provide refunds. If for some reason you work through the first 3-modules of SBA and it doesn’t feel like a fit, simply reach out to our team and we’ll give you a full refund.

Here’s how it works: By the end of these 21 days, you’ll have received access to the first three modules of SBA. Meaning, you’ll have had the opportunity to audit your student’s Google results, plan out their online brand/story and start building their portfolio. If you don’t feel totally confident and motivated by your student’s online plan they created, simply fill out this form, show us you’ve put in the work, and we’ll refund your investment. We don’t want any tire-kickers here. If you don’t commit to putting in the work, we can’t help you shine online, so be prepared to dedicate time to work through the lessons.

Do I have to pay for my student’s website or are there any additional costs in building their digital footprint?

Most of the websites we build are on a free platform. The only additional cost will be if you choose to buy a .com, .net or .org domain name for your student. These are usually $12/year and are renewed if you want to keep your student’s website short to include on a resume/application.

Do you work with schools to implement this?

Yes! Schools can learn more here and set up a call and partner with us to implement this program in their community.

Who will instruct each course?

Josh Ochs will teach each of the learning modules (and live Zoom sessions). Josh is the author of six books that teach the world how to shine online (and keep their kids safe on social media). Josh has taught over 250,000 students how to shine online as he traveled (and now Zooms!) all over the country speaking to middle school and high school students in over 27 states. Learn more about Josh Ochs here.

How will you go about fixing my student’s Google results?

We start by teaching them how to audit their current Google results, then we help your student to build the story they want to be known for, and then we build a SEO (search engine optimization) rich online portfolio to improve their digital footprint.

Will a portfolio/website leak personal information that a predator could use to contact my student(s)?

Great question! Have you googled your kids and found your home address? All of your info is usually already out there and online. Your cell phone, home address, social media posts, & a doppelganger who got arrested! When you build an online brand for your student, they begin to use their smartphone (and social media) with a purpose instead of a past time. Their portfolio will push down all of the other personally identifiable information. A personal profile guides your kids to show what is safe to put online.

What personal information will you need from my student to build their portfolio?

When building their portfolio, your student should include their name, school, grade and any projects they want to share with their dream college/career. All of this info can be reviewed by you (the parent) before it’s published, so you know what your student might share before it goes live.

What are office hours?

All members can join our LIVE office hours during the week on Zoom and Josh will answer any questions you have. During office hours (30-90 minutes) he will help your student(s) to work through questions they have about their online brand, portfolio, messaging, storytelling, project descriptions, SEO (search engine optimization) and much more.

How much does it cost to bring this program to my school?

Every school has different needs. Fill out our form to request a custom quote.

What if I start this program but I don’t have time to finish the modules in 6 weeks?

Take as much time as you need! It’s best to try and complete the program in the first 6 weeks so you can take advantage of the office hours and live training. However, you will have access to the modules for up to one year from your enrollment date.

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