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Untapped Genius for Young Minds – details

Hints of it can be found in their curiosity, energy, creativity, abilities. It’s there, waiting to be brought to life.

Currently, you may find that either  …

1. Passion is undefined – they seem to lack motivation and drive. Maybe they aren’t clear on what they want to do. Or he attempts to move forward but his efforts seem to fizzle, even when you try to be supportive.

2. They have an interest – but they’re not sure it could turn into anything productive or sustainable. They may see their interest as something that is either too risky or unattainable.

3. They’re clear on their passion – and want to fully develop their skill or talent, and you’re all for it. You want to support them in their quest and are looking for something that goes beyond what school and other programs have been able to offer.

There might be other challenges …

  • Your child could be shy, introverted, super sensitive, or awkward and having a hard time connecting with others. They’re very much on their own path, and fitting in may not be something they want or able to do.
  • They might be easily distracted and having a hard time focusing. They tend to wander and can’t seem to stay on course for any length of time.
  • There may be special circumstances that make things more difficult, like a limitation or other condition they’re dealing with.


Imagine seeing them …

Naturally more engaged, excited, focused, and productive.

Developing  skills and talents.

Working through challenges, growing in self-awareness and capacity along the way.

Watch my 6-minute video to see how I can help awaken their inner genius.

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NOTE: we can do everything in the video you just watched from anywhere in the world through our live virtual classroom!!

Schedule a Zoom call with Carl

Teen & Young Adult

The moment you meet Carl, the passion and enthusiasm for his work is undeniable. Carl’s coaching methods include practical, interactive and fun approaches to handling real life challenges. He has been a mentor, a coach, a supporter and a friend to our son who continues to grow and develop in his social interactions and personal connections.

We’ve seen a better attitude, improved self-confidence and a heightened social ambition. My husband, myself and especially my son, highly recommend Carl, with his unique style and distinctive positive outlook.

Margaret Kazz
Management Consultant & Mom

Your young one fully using their talents, creativity, the magic inside.

What's the recipe?

It starts with ...

The foundation from where it all becomes possible - like all of us, kids fundamentally crave to be seen and understood and  to be given the freedom to be who they are - a rare and precious gift, and absolutely essential.

Now ... let's add other essential ingredients to the mix ...

What you now have is a complete support system to thrive in every way.

And with all essential elements in place...

Untapped Genius: The "ultimate support system."

What I'm offering is a custom-tailored approach to discovering, developing, and expressing who your young one is and what they love. The program will provide everything needed to turn their interests into something real, tangible, and solid - ultimately, fostering a balanced, successful life.

Untapped Genius for Young Minds is an online program of one-on-one, real-time coaching and teaching to help put your child in the flow of realizing their potential.

Guided by their interests and passion, it provides everything they'll need to get things grooving, and along the way, cultivate a mindset that will serve your young one well in every facet of life.

Setting the Stage

First, you and I talk about where you find your young one currently - what they're up to, what you think their potential is, and what the challenges are. Then we'll discuss possibilities for working with your child.

Then they will connect with me online to learn more about each other and set the stage for what we could do together.

The Adventure ...

We begin our weekly coaching sessions. Each week, we'll connect using Zoom so that we can use web cams if desired and screen sharing when sketching out ideas.

A session typically lasts 60-90 minutes, depending on what's happening during the call.

In between sessions, they can text or email me anytime with questions, share what they're working on, and celebrate wins.

While the specific content of our sessions will be unique to their interests, the main themes at play are:

Discovering what fires them up.
I'll give them the space to be who they are - not what others think or expect, but who they naturally are when nobody is watching.

What are they interested in? What can they see themselves doing in the absence of uncertainty, doubt, fears, and other challenges?

Developing their ideas, mindset, and self-awareness.
How aware are they of their thought processes, emotions, mindset? We'll explore the nature of the mind and the power it has to either propel them forward or hamper their best efforts.

They'll develop a strong sense of self and a mindset that leads to mental well-being and choices that will serve them well.

Turning their passion into something real, developing talents along the way. I use my background in web development, creative problem solving, and personal development to help come up with an interest-based project that we then "co-create" together to help bring their ideas into full fruition.

We'll also explore "secrets" to mastering any skill or talent they want to pursue - my specialty!

Using the "power of partnership."
We'll begin to engage the interest and efforts of others to help take things to the next level and to share what they're about with others.

If they're interested in turning their passion into a business, we can work on branding and marketing activities to build their online presence.

Other things we may do

The coaching sessions are based on the unique interests and capabilities of your teen and can take form in a variety of ways. For example:

  • If they’re excited about an invention idea, I might show one of my inventions on camera for inspiration and talk about the process I went through to make it happen.
  • If they’re  passionate about music, I may play my drums for them and then talk about how rhythm can be used to find the groove in life.
  • When a problem comes up, we’ll talk about different approaches that can be used to not only get past it, but ultimately, how to transform it into an opportunity.
  • For inspiration and insight, we may look online for examples of others successfully doing what they want to do.
  • We’ll research the latest discoveries in science and nature and synthesize what we find into a broader perspective.
  • We can explore “mindfulness” to learn how to quiet the mind and be present to what’s happening around us.

Case Example: Jason's Story

Case example: I coached a 17 year old student I’ll call Jason who looked at me with a blank stare when I asked him one day, “So, what are your dreams?” Having graduated from high school with a second grade reading level due to his “learning disability,” he was never encouraged to want anything special for himself. It didn’t take me long to discover his unique abilities – an amazing capacity to take in information, a laser-like focus on things that interested him, and the gift of gab!

My first step was to inspire him by taking him to a movie production facility to see all the equipment there – he knew more about the devices than I did! Then, in addition to getting him a tutor to improve his reading skills, I signed him up for a free course on sound and lighting at a public access tv station.

The highlight for me was when he called me one day to say he was filming a high school football game – and having a blast!

When I last heard from him, he was running his own hot dog stand where he could use his gift of gab to connect with his customers.


Note: while I worked with Jason locally, the same types of activities can be done online.

Witness your young one traveling their path with a sense of clear purpose - equipped with new insights, skills, and awareness to help achieve their dreams.

Along the journey of discovery, they will get to experience, and integrate, a variety of insights, know-how, skills, techniques, and approaches to key facets of life including:


  • Clarifying - their intentions and committing to their passion and sense of purpose.
  • Brainstorming - synthesizing, critiquing, and shaping ideas into viable possibilities.
  • Modifying - and adjusting their ideas when things don't go as planned.
  • Orchestrating - paying attention to timing and rhythm so that things get in line, in sync, and in flow.


  • Discovering - what's true for them to help guide them through the myriad choices they'll have to make.
  • Expanding -  their self-awareness to better know their nature, how they learn, communicates, what their needs are - with a strong sense of self, they'll be less likely to be influenced by external forces.
  • Mastering - and developing their skills and talents.


  • Exploring - the nature of mind both in it's ability to propel us forward or get in the way.
  • Liberating - thinking creatively and powerfully to break the shackles, step out of the box of habitual patterns, and go beyond perceived limitations.
  • Tapping - methods to better recognize and use the built-in abilities of the mind and body to better do what he does.
  • Aligning - powerful techniques for turning problems into opportunities, remaining steady when facing crises, and resolving conflicts with others - all critical skills to keep things moving forward.


  • Nurturing - the importance of self-care, life balance, listening to the body.
  • Mindfulness  - meditation and other practices to help remain awake and present to life around them.
  • Grooving - experiencing more flow in their lives for optimal performance and fulfillment.
  • Connecting - sharing their passion with others in a compelling way to engage the efforts, skills, and talents of others - having a support team is vital.

Now you have a sense of your one's journey to empowerment. Bravo!

A Special Note: The insights I provide come from my body of work called Life as a Wave. You can download my ebook, A Guide to Life as a Wave: 4 Principles of Rhythm & Flow to get an idea of what it's about.

The Complete System of Support

Live Coaching

We connect for 60-90 minutes each week through the internet using Zoom for sound, video, and screen sharing.


They can text or email me anytime with questions, share what they're working on, and celebrate wins.

Project Creation

Learn what it takes to fully develop an idea or passion by doing a project together. Find out more here.

Notes & Videos

They can review past sessions including notes, videos and screen sharing.

Personal Page

Secure login for their easy access to all recordings, notes, intake forms, and resources.

Resource Library

Access to all of my Life as a Wave content including tips, how-to's, core principles, and more.

Free Membership

To the Untapped Genius Club that offers courses, webcasts, group coaching, and a forum to connect, collaborate, and inspire one another.

Coach on Demand

My app for quick access to the Resource Library, the Untapped Genius Community, online tools, and more.

I've coached folks from all walks of life, from the homeless to the famous, and I know the power of partnership and what it can do, especially for those discovering their own path.

I've been there myself. Like Jonathan Livingston Seagull, from the book by Richard Bach, I realized at an early age that I didn't want to merely "hang with the flock to find food and shelter." I wanted to discover the world,  find out what I was capable of, bring new creations to life! 

I've experienced first hand how exhilarating travelling one's own path can be. I also know the journey can be rather challenging and scary at times and that the right kind of support and encouragement are absolutely essential.

When I coach, I bring the "all of me."

My energy, my enthusiasm, my skills, my experiences - including 20 years of coaching, extensive training in personal growth, building websites and courses for entrepreneurs, running a successful online business, playing Jazz guitar and world percussion, inventing gadgets, and enjoying an active lifestyle skiing, playing tennis, and kiteboarding.

CLICK HERE to learn more of what I bring ...

My training & background …

  • Studied core coaching competencies through the International Coaching Federation, of which I’m a founding member and technical adviser for the local chapter here in Buffalo, NY., and through Coachville, a premier source for learning the art of coaching..
  • Witnessed cutting-edge coaching while on the development team for Thomas Leonard, known as “the father of coaching.”
  • Explored other sources of insight and know-how including the 300+ books I’ve read and seminars I’ve taken on personal growth and the nature of life and mind.
  • Learned a ton traveling my own uncharted path and working through the myriad challenges of pursuing my passion.
  • Studied Electrical & Computer Engineering as well as music at the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts, Musician’s Institute, and Los Angeles Music Academy.
  • Synthesized all of the above into a body of work I call Life as a Wave. Read my ebook, Life as a Wave: 4 Principles of Rhythm & Flow to learn more.

I’ve had some amazing adventures …

  • Lived for a short time on a sailboat in the Grenadine islands searching for the ultimate kiteboarding spots (my #1 passion).
  • Ran a business selling my tabletop waterfalls.
  • Invented gadgets from what I learned as an engineering student like my Automatic Guitar Tuner and Talking Caller ID.
  • Studied Jazz guitar and world percussion with legendary musicians like Pat Martino, Stanley Clarke, and Norman Brown.
  • Played percussion for an Emmy-winning movie, On Hallowed Ground.
  • Climbed to 14,000 feet to ski through the “no fall zone” of Jupiter Peak in Park City, Utah in chest-high powder.

I’ve overcome challenges along the way …

  • Learned how to remain positive while living in my van for 6 months when the music thing didn’t work out as planned.
  • Chose to not be a victim to circumstance while the helicopter flew me to the hospital after a serious ski accident that left me with 8 broken ribs, fractured collar bone, and dislocated hip.
  • Found ways to live my adventures despite my fuzzy mind that often refuses to focus and pay attention.
  • Felt peace within myself after years of loneliness and frustration of not being understood.

And I’ve celebrated wonderful victories …

  • The benefits of committing to exercising every single day (631 days and counting!).
  • The freedom of unconditionally accepting who I am, flaws and all.
  • The satisfaction of getting lost in drawing, painting, and sculpting.
  • The fulfillment of making a difference in people’s lives.

What I love to do in the playground of life ...

What it's like working with me

Some of the incredible people I've had the honor of partnering with:

Mindset & Creativity

Carl has created one of the most original and invigorating frameworks for enjoying creative freedom in even the simplest and most mundane parts of everyday life.

It’s a simple and achievable way to engage in courageous living. If it’s true that everything that we do is motivated by either our hopes or our fears, then Carl’s created a way to act on our hopes without being distracted by our fears.

In my career as a filmmaker, there are countless risks that I have to take. I turn to Carl’s methods on a daily basis to help me make those choices with courage and conviction. He’s helped to give me a creative freedom that I might not otherwise have claimed as my artistic right.

Kern Konwiser

Life & Business

I just got off the phone from a 2-hour conversation with Carl Contino – WOW! The dynamic? Easy and smooth with many moments of laughter.

The richness and experience Carl offers? Twenty years plus! The insights that I’m integrating now? A WHOLE BOAT-LOAD!

My big AH-HA moment was realizing that I was not FEELING the value of my work. I could intellectualize the value and yet not feel it in the depths of my bones. By the end of the call, he led an exercise that allowed me to FEEL my value.

Now, I’m more excited than ever to create. To create from a place of value.

David Sullivan

Health & Peak Performance

Carl, you need to know what a huge impact you had on my life when we were roommates in music school, I lost 70 lbs (!) in 12 weeks because of what you showed me. And you taught me how to live my life. You told me things that I’ll never forget.

And Jimmy, remember him barging in and doing push-ups in front of the tv? How he put down the booze, lost weight, and got those huge shoulders?!

I often speak of those days you helped us both out, coming up with a nutrition plan, working out together, coaching us on life and how to live it to the max. You did all that – you, my friend. You need to tell your story, guy. The world needs to hear what you have to say, so don’t be so damn modest about it!

Joakim Ekberg

Teen & Young Adult

The moment you meet Carl, the passion and enthusiasm for his work is undeniable. Carl’s coaching methods include practical, interactive and fun approaches to handling real life challenges. He has been a mentor, a coach, a supporter and a friend to our son who continues to grow and develop in his social interactions and personal connections.

We’ve seen a better attitude, improved self-confidence and a heightened social ambition. My husband, myself and especially my son, highly recommend Carl, with his unique style and distinctive positive outlook.

Margaret Kazz
Management Consultant & Mom


I don’t usually do this – but I signed up and today was our call. With no expectations I called in, we enjoyed a wonderful time getting to know each other.

He’s terrific! By the end of our time together he gave me a fast, easy technique to shift thoughts that don’t serve me.

I intend to put it to work immediately to quell a big fear I’ve had for awhile – so I can focus on living life with renewed passion and fun.

Carl, thanks for your valuable time and for tapping into a little of my untapped genius.

Denise M. Michaels

Life & Business

I had the pleasure of receiving one of Carl’s 2 hour coaching sessions yesterday and it was fantastic!!

I enjoyed his insight, his honesty and his determination to include play as an integral part of his coaching strategy.

I am so glad that he has decided to share his talents not only with adults but with the younger folks who so desperately need to know that they are not alone!

Thanks for the inspiration Carl !! So nice to talk with a man of such integrity and openness!!

Jennifer Taylor

Life as a Wave

I just watched your Life as a Wave webcast, Carl.

It was really great! Watch the mind like a movie, say yes to whatever is going on, add some fun, don’t allow the mind to feed the drama, don’t take it so seriously – all help to create a more positive energy that leads to new resources and helps you tackle whatever you’re facing.

I think that I really got that at the deepest level. Thanks a lot Carl for that!

Fabienne Descamps

Flow & Mindset

Hi Carl, I just saw the recording of your presentation yesterday. I was so impressed with your ideas that I invited my partner to see it alsoso I watched it again with her.

Excellent thoughts and your presentation was just great!

I have signed up for your news letter and looking forward to more with and from you.

Robert Johnson

Life & Business

Last night I was lucky enough to have a two hour coaching conversation with Carl Contino. It was the end of a long day and I was tired, but Carl managed to energize me within moments of meeting.

Within our conversation Carl gently prompted me to acknowledge just how much I already offer to the world. I was also reminded to take a step back from trying and trust in the flow.

Carl also helped me to envision how I want my business, and my life, to move forward over the next year – now, rather than feeling muddled, I have clarity, and feel inspired and excited.

It was awesome to meet such a wonderful soul and learn more about Carl’s work and philosophy of Life as a Wave.

Marléne Rose Shaw

Health & Business

I just got off a two hour coaching conversation with Carl Contino, The Groove Coach. To say we had a blast would be an understatement! Besides the amazing energy, flow, and talking that went on between us, I have to say that Carl was masterful at reminding me of my Awesomeness!

When we kicked around the issues of food and weight, he totally got the arena I had just stepped my toe into recently. His one rule is NO RULES and it spoke right to that part of me that rebels when I try to impose rules.

One of the last things I said to Carl, and maybe I even said it twice was, “You’ve got the goods, man!” If you want a coach who will meet you where you are, explore lots of possibilities for shifting energy and thoughts, Carl can get you to where you want to be!

Janice Masters
Therapist & Coach

Peak Performance

I’ve been working with Carl for just about a month and already see a tremendous value in his service. It’s truly performance coaching at it’s best. So much to learn and, most importantly, apply to my life to experience transformation.

I highly recommend taking Carl on as your coach, especially to anyone who wants to discover the best of himself, remove the fear and resistance, and get your life to the next level.

Thanks Carl, looking forward for our next session.

Pavel Kovalev
Web Developer


I personally could write a dissertation about the ways I enjoyed your presentation … nothing but inspirational. In fact it was just right for me considering what I needed that day.

I could go on and on really, and I will at some point. For now I will say this: I think you have a knack for articulating ideas. And you have great ideas…ideas people need to hear. You are a shining star.

Cyd Cox
Professional Coach

Life as a Wave

I have just read your amazing ebook, Life as a Wave.

I respect your very open and honest style during the webcast, as well as in your ebook, which I plan on reading again and again to fully integrate the knowledge into my perspective and ultimately, to use this knowledge.

PS. And from here in Denmark, a loving and friendly greeting to your lovely pooch, Sophia!

Raymond Cassius Sananda

Life & Business

Talk about amazing! A fabulous mixture of conversation, coaching, visioning, challenge, training, sharing ….. truly inspirational.

There was so much for me to take away from our 1.5 hr session – apart from some actual actions with timelines, the most inspiring concept I am taking away is this question:
“How am I being a conduit for ….”

So much wisdom. And such generosity of heart and spirit. Wonderful.

Thanks Carl (and Sophia the Black Lab!)

Trudy Arthurs

Flow & Mindset

Thank you so very much for your time, passion, energy and genius. My connections and synapses are firing again and moving forward again with a clear mind and direction.

Your ability to create flow and symmetry in a variety of situations, allowing for incredible timely and much needed reframes within a two hour conversation, speaks to your skills and talents as an exceptional and very valuable Life Coach and Person.

Thank you again!

Renee Lanoway
Retired RN Nurse

Life & Business

I just had a fantastic coaching session with Carl Contino. I’ve been stuck on the next step in the visual journaling + coaching business I’m creating.

With his help, we worked on a challenge that will help me bust through the block I’ve been facing for way too long now.

I’m super excited and getting right to work so I can introduce it to the world.

Linda Hough
Artist, Coach

Living Your Passion

Sara and I chatted about all of the speakers today at the International Day of Happiness, and you were the best.

Own that, your mission, your passion and your message was really well done and well structured and the delivery was like you had done it a thousand times.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and supporting you and your message.

Thank you for your gift and feeling the power of you and your message!


Carmil Surritt

I believe to my very core that every one of us has something beautiful inside wanting to come out and be expressed - to do good work, to have an impact in this world. Untapped Genius for Young Minds is truly a one-of-a-kind opportunity for your young one to be fully supported in their quest.

I promise I'll bring the all of me to help empower them to do what he or she is here to do, no matter what the situation or challenge!

Ready to take the next step? Click below to get in touch.

Schedule a Zoom call with Carl

We'll explore what's possible for your young one and
answer any questions you have.

Or, learn more by going to:

Project Creation


Thank you for taking the time to learn about what I offer. My hope is that, together, we can create the very best situation to get them fired up and ready to rock!!

Life. Is. Good.


Sophia (lead coach!) & Carmelo (Carl) Contino

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