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Frequently asked questions

We are excited about your interest in the Atlas Life experience.  We want to be as open and honest about our program as we possibly can, so here are some of the more frequently asked questions.  For other questions, please reach out.  We are happy to provide answers for you to assist you in this important decision. 

What if my “dreams” include things like international service, a GAP year, or starting my own business?


We love to do business coaching and assist those seeking to start their own businesses, international cultural immersion experiences, career-based apprenticeships, investments, crowdfunding, marketing strategies, finances, taxes, etc. For those who wish to incorporate an international GAP experience into their goals, Atlas Life has programs that include a multitude of countries including Peru, Costa Rica, Mexico, various countries in Africa, Nepal, Europe, New Zealand and some unique places closer to home like Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico and Indian Reservations.




What is the average length of stay?


In our locations located in the United States, where young adults engage in everything from formal education to building their own businesses, to creating self-reliance, the average time of our young adults living in housing provided by Atlas Life is eight to 18 months. Time, experience and years of outcome follow up show, that most young adults spend the first 3 to 6 months learning and going up and downs in their overall progress before starting to put all the puzzle pieces together in ways that it sticks and last. Young adults typically also utilize our step-up services after establishing their own housing. Young adults taking advantage of opportunities overseas in GAP year experiences typically spend four to six months and then transfer to another Atlas Life location in the United States or directly into an independent educational or independent living based on their own goals. Unless pre-arrangements have been made and agreed to in advance, each student is expected to commit to at least four months. This four-month commitment is based on historical outcomes that show that actual results for most young adults are based on the following: 1. Adult like relationships that transfer from a parent-child relationship to adult-coaching relationships. 2. Overwhelming mastery life experiences that build self-efficacy that transfer into real-life results. 3. Enough time to produce what Atlas Coaches refer to as the power of habit.
Atlas life is based on the premise that peace comes into our lives when self-reliance and independent living becomes sustainable within a chosen life map. In order to reach “sustainable self-reliance,” it is essential that each young adult not only learns tangible daily habits but that certain thinking patterns and paradigms must also shift. Whatever your past situation may have been, we focus on learning from the past, loving our present life, and building a sustainable future with real results. Real results do take time – the length of time it takes is completely up to how hard you work and how focused you stay every day.




Why a 4 month minimum?


It's simple. Change, growth, education, and outcomes are a process of time combined with grit, work, productive hours in a week, executive functioning, intrinsic and extrinsic motivators, and more. Most young adults (around 80%) take 3 to 6 months before they start to move from level one Tatori into the power of habit or level two Tatori. Twenty percent or 1 out of 5 young adults hit the ground running and move very quickly into level two and level three within weeks.




If a young adult is of legal age, can they openly use E-Cigs, tobacco, and alcohol?


Upon arrival, we ask all of our Life Coaching students to refrain from “distractions” for the first four months. Our systems and research have found that much of our outer success comes from personal habits, nutrition, exercise, meditation, visualization, daily education, etc. After four months, a team meeting will discuss how you are achieving your primary goals and if introducing these things back into your life will change your stated goals. Our goal is to minimize distractions in the first few months until other key elements and personal daily success habits are in place.




Can I date while in Atlas Life?


After the first four months and after each student has solid, measurable progress moving in their own goals, we encourage dating, social life in the community, and more! Atlas Life coaches know that the friends you hang out with the most are a major part of predicting your future success. In fact, most Atlas Life coaches are bold enough to say things like, show me your friends and who you are dating, and I can tell you your future. Our coaches can connect you with relationship and dating coaches and some outstanding experiences on how to attract the right people into your life! In fact, if dating and having relationships is important to you, we want to help you! One rule: Atlas Life students are highly discouraged from dating other Atlas Life students. You have the whole world to date! Please don't interfere with the process of other students. However, if you really feel the desire to date other Atlas Life students, we are happy to engage the two of you in our relationship coaching classes immediately!




Do you drug test?


YES! We do drug testing for a number of reasons. We have learned that in order to benefit from the Tatori Life Coaching Method that illegal drugs have no place. Also, Atlas networks with international GAP partners, apprenticeships in the local communities, colleges, landlords, etc and has a reputation of having quality Life Coaching students who have been screened, and are ready to work.




What would get me expelled from Atlas Life?


1. If a student needs clinical support. 2. If a student's behavior is negatively impacting other students and needs a higher level of care. 3. Trouble with the law will be reviewed. 4. Self-care and safety for self, property, or for others in the community will result in a higher level of care. 5. Parental support is not strong enough for the process or parents withheld or lied in the admission process in order to get their student admitted.




Can I have my own car?


That depends on the location. Please call us to review. In some locations where a car is allowed, it is typically not allowed for the first four months and other specific goals are worked out in your Tatori, finanical coaching and partnership with your investors/parents. Atlas Life does have a strict policiy about no student can drive another student at anytime. There are liabilities and other goals that prohibite this. Violation of this rule will result in car keys and car being removed until integrity and trust can be re-established.




By choosing to enroll and participate in Atlas Life, participants agree to the following:


The release of liability. As legal adults, you are expected to be responsible for your safety. You agree to release any location doing business under the name of Atlas, its agents, and employees from any claims or liabilities of any kind whatsoever, arising from or related to my participation in these activities. You may be required to sign your own liability releases for specific activities in the local community such as taking surf lessons, rock climbing and a wide range of other options. Photo Release
By enrolling in Atlas Life, you agree to grant to any business doing business under the Atlas name and its authorized representative’s permission to record on photographic film and/or video, pictures of my participation. You further agree that any or all of the material photographed may be used, in any form, as part of any future publications, social media, brochure, or other printed materials used to promote Atlas or to share your experiences with others, and further that such use shall be without payment of fees, royalties, special credit or other compensation. Participation in Research
Atlas Life takes part in research projects in conjunction with local Universities and conducts it’s own outcome studies.