Andrew Blair, MA
Andrew Blair is a Mentor at Coyote Coast:
Andrew grew up playing in fields and exploring the wilderness that the East Bay, CA provides. Andrew attend college at the University of California Berkely, graduating in 2009 with a degree in Political Science. While at Berkely Andrew played fullback for the Cal Bears Rugy Team, winning multiple National Championships. After graduation Andrew had a short stint teaching whitewater kayaking on the South Fork of the American River, and then accepted a teaching position at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco (A sister organization of the Delancey Street Foundation).
LLA is a charter school for struggling youth in San Francisco. The School provides a structured, well supported, project based learning environment to young people who are involved in, or at risk of involvement in, the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. At LLA Andrew oversaw the bike repair courses, led trips to Yosemite, taught PE, music history, and guitar. During his 6 years at LLA Andrew began to develop and hone his passion for counseling youth, leading boys groups, and working with teenagers. A majority of the youth at LLA report histories of physical and substance abuse, parents known to abuse drugs or alcohol, had current or past gang affiliation, and profound histories of school failure and truancy. Andrew enjoyed helping these students build appropriate coping skills to deal with the harsh environments in the neighborhoods they lived in.
Andrew attended his MA in Counseling Psychology program at Prescott College and graduated in the Spring of 2016. Andrew draws upon his 10+ years of experience working with young people to help young people manage stress, develop healthy lifestyles, and create an environment in which the client feels empowered to achieve his or her goals.
In his free time Andrew enjoys playing guitar, skiing, and spending time in wild places. He works as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Oakland Strokes, a High School Men’s Rowing Program, who achieved back-to-back national championships in 2015 and 2016.
Supervised by: Alex Georgakopoulos, MFT #41883