Virtual Coaching through the Positive Presence Foundation

Positive Presence Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit that exists to help prevent suicide, depression and anxiety caused by societal pressures, natural disasters and community catastrophe. Through the Marek Edwin Putnam Scholarship Fund, fully paid and discounted scholarships will be provided to vetted teenagers and young adults in crisis across the country. Each scholarship recipient is awarded 6-months of life-changing and life-saving private coaching with a personal advocate. These mentors help guide their students out of darkness into personal peace and beyond.

This coaching program was designed to tap into the student’s potentials, eliminate limiting beliefs and help them achieve the greatest version of themselves amidst the darkest times of their life. The one-on-one private coaching is supplemented with a customized coaching board, personal development workbooks, a resource library, guided visualizations and positive affirmations for continued growth.

With over 47.12 million teenagers and young adults in our country between the ages of 14 and 24, this program is poised to help as many as it can. Positive Presence Foundation is ramping up their coaching team, support staff and online tools to keep up with the growing numbers of teenagers and young adults in need during these times of uncertainty and injustices. Virtual Coaching is one of the four areas of support our organization strives to provide.

Our Foundation has three other areas of support to help rehabilitate communities and families:

● Disaster Relief
● Community Centered Coaching
● Individual Crisis Support

Michelle Marie King, the co-Founder of Positive Presence Foundation, says about the scholarship fund, “our young people are grasping for light in a world overwhelmed by darkness. They desire support, they long for connection, they strive to find purpose, and they crave peace and solidarity. With positive support, they will not only get through this crisis, they will be better because of it!”

King herself knows the power of mentor coaching. A Minnesota-based philanthropic leader, innovative entrepreneur and public speaker, she has been blazing the country as a positivity activist and passionate visionary since the age of 16. “I want to help our coaches maintain income, our students maintain support and our young adults around the globe conquer whatever challenges they’re being faced with during this time, both internally and externally” says King. “I can help, our coaches can help, Positive Presence as a company can help and this is how we are deciding to do that. Together, we will get through this stronger than ever.”

The mission of Positive Presence Global is to enrich our student’s lives, empower every young adult with necessary knowledge to combat society’s stress and inspire the next generation to eradicate insignificance.

Apply for the Virtual Coaching Scholarship here.

Learn more about our Positive Presence Mentor Coaching here.

Donate to Positive Presence Foundation here.

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Jessica has roughly 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, curating premier wine programs in Las Vegas and developing educational programs for the largest beverage distribution company in North America. In 2022, Jessica altered her focus and is now utilizing her educational, management, and organizational skills to positively impact others on a grander scale. She is now developing multiple modalities focused in emotional intelligence, executive functioning, meta-learning, and positive psychology for struggling teens and young adults.

Favorite Mindfulness Techniques:

Meditating with sound bowls!

A Fun Fact:

I was the architect for my grandmother’s house

State: Nevada

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Missy Vandenheuvel

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Missy is a revitalized mother of two teenagers who understands the resilience it takes to raise children in the midst of a global pandemic. She is a passionate mentor because she recognizes there isn’t nearly enough support for the overwhelming number of people silently struggling. Her sincere and compassionate personality is what makes her thrive as a coach and a leading member of our company. As our Sales manager she recognized that her role is to listen and learn as much about your child (or yourself) as possible. While listening, I am identifying a mentor coach that I believe your child will not only like based on their personality, but also one who has experienced and overcome similar pain points, and areas of opportunity, optimizing relatability. Ultimately, setting your child up for growth and fulfillment socially, mentally, and physically. 

Favorite Mindfulness Techniques:

My Favorite Mindful technique is to Shifting Thought Patterns by focusing on the Grounding Technique. Starts with a big belly breath in. Then, you tap into your 5 senses, to quickly and effortlessly shift your current focus. Choose a sense- any sense, and count down from 5 (order or senses can be altered): 5 things you see, 4 things you smell, 3 things you feel, 2 things you hear, 1 thing you taste.

A Fun Fact:

 I travel to Florida from Wisconsin 3-4 times a year, and we plan to relocate somewhere with the state in 1.5 years. I’ve been dreaming about this since I first saw the ocean at the age of 14 years old. 

State: Wyoming

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