About Thrive Young Leaders

We all have unique, important gifts to offer ourselves and the world.

For the well-being and survival of our communities, it is necessary that we each realize and share our true gifts.

At Thrive Young Leaders, we help teens and young adults overcome internal barriers and guide them into deeper connection with their gifts, life purpose, and inner knowing. By connecting with our gifts and living a purpose-directed life, we become empowered leaders of our own lives, and true leaders of our environment and community.

We offer one-on-one Professional Life Coaching, Mentoring, Rites of Passage, Tutoring, Academic Coaching, College Counseling, Events, Workshops, and Retreats. We are trained in a variety of philosophies and disciplines, including ecopsychology, biological psychology, life-coaching, academic coaching, wilderness first aid, ecotherapy, mindfulness, non-violent communication, leadership, outdoor education, coyote mentoring, the four shields model, ancestral skills, wilderness survival skills, and rites of passage.

Above all, we are in love with Earth and humanity, and we are dedicated to the health, well-being, and sustainability of our present and future planet.



Deanna Falge
Thrive Young Leaders Founder
Life Coach, Mentor & Rites of Passage Guide

Deanna founded Thrive out of her love for connecting with youth in nature. Deanna’s purpose is to empower and guide teens and young adults into a deeper connection with the Earth, community, and self. She has formal education in Biological Psychology from UC Santa Barbara and is a certified Professional Life Coach (NCC) and Transformational Wilderness Guide (TWG) through the Earth-based Institute. She has years of training and experience in ecotherapy, somatic therapy, tutoring, academic coaching, ancestral skills, wilderness survival skills, leadership, mindfulness, nonviolent communication, rites of passage, community development, and embodiment facilitation. By combining her knowledge and experience with her deep love for serving others, Deanna designs whole-hearted, transformational programs for every teen and young adult that she works with. Besides her work at Thrive, Deanna loves to dance, surf, play music, tend fires, be outside, climb trees, wander in the mountains, facilitate ecstatic dance, travel, and spend quality time with friends and family.

Current Partner Guides


Moriah Kofsky
College Counselor & Mentor

Moriah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in English and Women’s Studies. A love for personal narrative drew her to college counseling. She has edited hundreds of college application essays and is dedicated to helping her students craft a stand out personal statement from a place of purpose and self-assuredness. She also works as an Academic Mentor and founded a summer program, Writes of Passage, where she teaches college essay writing to high school students. Moriah has helped students get into Yale, Georgetown, Duke, Penn, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Swarthmore, UChicago, NYU, Stanford, and more.



Ariana Kaback
Rites of Passage Guide

Bio Coming Soon!


Rylan Hunt
Math, Physics & Spanish Tutor

Rylan grew up in Santa Cruz and earned a BS degree in Physics at UC Berkeley. He has been tutoring and coaching students for several years. When he isn’t tutoring, Rylan loves to travel the world, surf big waves, and forage for exotic mushrooms.


Andrew Goddard
Chemistry Tutor

Andrew is a UC Santa Cruz student, graduating this Spring with a bachelors in Biological Sciences and a passion for education! While making his way towards his degree, he offers tutoring in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Biology. From day one of working with Andrew, students notice big improvements in their academic abilities and overall comprehension. Andrew knows that every student learns differently, so he adapts his tutoring to each of his student's learning styles.