Hi-Lite Coaching and Consulting launches programs to help local teens | West Orange Times & Observer
Winter Garden resident Jessica Villegas uses her difficult life experiences to educate and empower others.
What started as a passion for coaching and mentoring young people has now grown into a successful and vital business in the community.
It was by watching individuals become more self-aware, develop growth mindsets and achieve success that Hi-Lite Coaching and Consulting was born.
“I was a teenager (who) was really lost at one point in my life,” Villegas said. “It took me 365 college credits to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, because I just didn’t know. I didn’t have the resources or the people to challenge me or support me to figure out who I was or what I wanted.
And now, two years away from closings – and closings – caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it seems Villegas’ expertise is needed more than ever.
EFFECTS OF THE PANDEMIC
The road to Hi-Lite began in August 2020, when Villegas’ position in AV logistics was cut.
A victim of circumstances herself, Villegas has now turned her attention to the demographic group perhaps most affected by the pandemic response – children.
In 2022, teens and young adults are experiencing the side effects of isolation and lack of socialization, she said.
“They’ve become paralyzed, because there’s so much information out there, you have access to so many things, but you’ve been blocked from it, because of the pandemic,” Villegas said. “I see so much social anxiety, performance anxiety, feelings of failure, limiting beliefs. … But I think the social side had the biggest impact on young people’s confidence and self-esteem.
Without feedback, whether good or bad, for almost two years in a social environment, adolescents and young developing children feel unsettled.
“They haven’t been able to go out and see the world, let alone interact with it, so how can we expect them to know how to handle it?” Villegas asked. “I think we’re going to start seeing more of the mental health side of things.”
Villegas predicts that over the next few years the community will see higher spikes in depression, violence, suicide, and alcohol and drug use.
Villegas said sometimes a client works best when paired with both a coach and a therapist. She said she had clients who did both and others who only needed coaching.
“Young people are resilient, so they’ll get through this, but it’s going to take time and guidance,” she said.
Villegas recently launched its new services, which include cohorts and workshops.
Designed for high school students, cohorts will meet weekly for 90-minute sessions to discuss values, mission vision statements, success systems, goal mapping and more.
The workshops will include five pre-recorded sessions with worksheets, support materials, and weekly opportunities to collaborate virtually with a coach.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER
Villegas was born to young parents and grew up in a single parent family in small town South Carolina.
She said she lacked stability, lacked positive role models, and witnessed many bad decisions made around her that didn’t align with her own hopes and goals for the future.
After graduating from high school, she decided to make a change. She moved to Orlando to complete her associate degree.
Villegas spent 13 years in the hospitality industry, seven years in supply chain management. In her early thirties, as a single mother, she earned her bachelor’s degree in organizational communications and leadership studies from the University of Central Florida.
When she realized that she had achieved a lot and overcome many challenges in her life, she got to work and put in place strict systems, structure and discipline for herself. She said that by naturally moving towards healthier decisions, her social life and career have improved.
Today, as an Academic Life Coach certified by Coach Training EDU, Villegas owns and operates Hi-Lite Coaching and Consulting.
“I’ve always had a heart for the community and for helping others, especially young people,” Villegas said.
She said Hi-Lite emphasizes values such as integrity, humility, caring, resilience and the practice of grace. The comprehensive programs follow an ETA structure – Empower, Transform and Achieve.
“It’s not about my experience and how I can share it with you, it’s about helping others defend themselves,” Villegas said. “We explore and empower the client to take control of the direction of their life.”
HI-LITE COACHING AND ADVICE
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Phone: (321) 236-2053
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