Welcome, Coach!

WHAT IS failsafe?

You play a critical role in helping your student organization reduce its vulnerability to the dangerous risks associated with alcohol use. Your involvement is a critical part of the group’s success in completing the modules and becoming Failsafe.

What Does It Mean to Be a Coach?

FailSafe Coaches have four main responsibilities:

  1. Keep the student leader and organization on track. There’s a lot to do, especially in the very beginning. Help the student leader manage his or her time, plan ahead, and keep moving forward. You may need to support a student leader who, while FailSafe is being implemented, has to delegate other duties or drop certain activities for a short time.
  2. Guide the student leader in FailSafe activities. Talk through the activities and instructions with the student leader team, helping them understand how best to do the activities and how to address member pushback or disregard.
  3. Visibly support the student leader to the group. Let the entire organization know the importance of FailSafe activities, the leader team, and their role in making FailSafe successful for the organization. Show your support and awareness of the effort as often as you can.
  4. Hold leaders and members accountable. You represent an important bridge between the student organization and the institution. Don’t be afraid to use that authority to help the organization fully support the effort. Let the student leader know your expectations and those of the institution.

The Coach’s job is to help the student leader be successful and remain as autonomous as possible.

Getting Started

  • It’s important that you become fully familiar with the Failsafe toolkit. Take the time to watch the videos and read the tools in each module.
  • Spend time with the student leader. If you do not already, get to know the student and any challenges he or she faces related to school, work, or leadership that may conflict with making FailSafe a priority. Discuss what the student wants and needs in a Coach, and how you can best assist him or her to achieve success.
  • Set—and keep—a weekly appointment with the student leader. Consistently interacting with the student leader is an important key to success.
  • Remember that each module contains specific coaching tips for you. The tips will help you to focus your coaching, become aware of potential issues you may need to address, and identify strategies for guiding the student leader through the modules.

Questions? Feel free to email failsafe@air.org.


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