Forgecraft Coaching

Helping young people craft their path

What is this?

Academic enrichment, tutoring, tech & tech-adjacent skill training, college & career exploration, mental performance training, and mentoring for young people. +

Who are you?

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My name is Brad Thompson. I’m an entrepreneur, software toolmaker, information system architect, designer, event producer, and educator.

If you want to learn more about me, read about why I started Forgecraft, or check out my personal site to learn more about other things that I do.

Who do you work with?

I’m primarily looking to work with middle, high school, & college students - although I’ll take on a twenty-something figuring out a new path for themselves or a gifted 3rd or 4th grader who’s looking for more of a challenge if they’re a good fit for what I do.

I’m mostly interested in working with kids that are in to making stuff - software, mechanical gadgets, art, videos, news articles…​ I also like working with exceptional (and twice & thrice exceptional too!) kids, whether they’ve been formally identified as gifted/talented or they’re just really good at math, painting, or basketball.

I enjoy working with homeschooled students, which totally isn’t just because their schedules are more flexible than the kids who are in school all day. # For those of you who do homeschool, I’m open to negotiating for longer, more frequent, or larger group sessions, and I can also help with curriculum planning, standards alignment, & transcript writing!

My home base is in West Lafayette, IN. I have connections all over the western part of the state though, so if you live in or around the Lafayette-Indianapolis-Vincennes triangle, we can probably work together.

What do sessions look like, exactly?

We’re gonna build websites and do math and talk about politics and start a business and dive in to what it’s really like to be an accountant and learn why it’s important to not party too much in college and think through why their best friend stopped talking to them and…​

At the end of the day, what we actually do in sessions is mostly up to the student. &

  • I can help the student with homework, reinforce & augment the material they’re learning in school, and work on time management & study skills.

  • We can work on a variety of technology, engineering, software, design, and computer science-related projects to help build critical skills that the student is interested in.

  • I also know a thing or two about helping students develop executive functioning skills, build confidence in themselves & reach their peak mental performance.

  • There will be plenty of discussion around helping the student figure out who they want to be, what’s important to them, college & career paths and what the student needs to do to get where they want to go - and how to be ready for when that all inevitably changes as they grow up!

  • Or maybe we’ll just sit around talking about whatever they want! *

Right now I’m open to holding sessions at your home, at my temporary office in the Westside Robotics workshop, at your favorite coffee shop or other community spot, or via video call. I’m working on getting an actual office in the West Lafayette area - and the more of you that are paying for sessions, the quicker that can happen! I’m also open to establishing offices in other locations if I have enough clients.

How much do you charge?

My base rates for a one-off, one-on-one session are $35 for 50 minutes or $45 for 80 minutes. I also do small group sessions for up to 4 students at a time - timing & pricing for those gets a little more complicated, so please ask for details.

Committing to a regular weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly session for at least 3 months knocks prices down to $30/$40. Committed clients also get discounted workshop prices & might get an occasional on-the-house special event. Committed clients (and their responsible adults) get some more direct lines of communication to me too.

If money is an issue, don’t let that stop you from reaching out - I never want money to be an obstacle to getting kids the help and support they need. Definitely mention if your household income is less than .

I have more questions! Like how do I sign my kid up?

Email works best - [email protected].

Footnotes

+ I hesitate to call it "life coaching," even though that’s a fairly accurate description of what I’m doing - I feel like it throws me in with a crowd of middle-aged social media influencer-types selling their multi-level marketing wares & awful overpriced online courses alongside their coaching services, and that’s not the image I’m looking for.

# But it is a very large factor - I’m a busy guy and run another fairly time-intensive youth activity that tends to eat most of my evenings and weekends during certain portions of the year. Also I’ve fully embraced the unschooling/self-directed learning philosophy, and that seems to jive better with the homeschool crowd.

& You can read that as "I’ll gladly consider your input about what we should be working on, but ultimately it’s up to the student & me to figure out what we’re doing."

* Seriously, some of your kids would be much better served by an hour of no pressure time to just hang around with a reasonably competent and responsible adult and just be instead of trying to cram another hour of extra studying, test prep, or organized activities into their schedules!