Shine From Within have been running programs for teen and tween girls since 2012, reaching hundreds of beautiful girls in our holiday programs, one-on-one mentoring, school-based programs and more.  We exist to support YOU, the parents, so that you can feel confident that your daughter is receiving the absolute best support and advice during these tumultuous teen years.  The number one thing we hear from parents is this:

You’re telling them what we’re telling them at home, but they just need to hear it from someone else.  Thank you!”  

We’re not here to be their parent, teacher or coach.  We’re not even here to change them in any way so if that’s what you’d like to do, we’re not the best fit for you and your daughter.  We see our role as a mentor in their life who can educate them with important life skills and provide a space for them to feel heard and valued.  At the heart of everything we do, we just want these girls to realise how special they are, just as they are.  We’ve found that often with our students the magic is in removing them from their usual environment (amazing family, friends and regular support network) to give them an opportunity to express themselves in a new environment and learn new skills without the judgement they might feel if their friends were also here.  

We do know that it must be frustrating at times to watch your beautiful daughter struggle with self-esteem and body-image issues.  To see her pile on the chemical-laden make up each morning when you KNOW she’s so much more beautiful without it.  If only she would at least choose to wear natural products?!  We know it must be frustrating to be doing everything in your power to feed your beautiful children healthy food, only to have them take any opportunity to eat junk food as soon as they are out of your sight!  And we know how scary it must be to watch your daughter grow up in this ‘day and age’ (now I’m sounding old!) with the knowledge that it’s pretty much impossible for you to keep her off social media.  So it’s a constant struggle for you to be up-to-date on the latest social media craze and feel confident in how to best manage this at home.  

We also know this…

Body image is one of the top three personal concerns of young people aged 15-19 in Australia.*

Coping with stress is the NUMBER ONE personal concern of young people in Australia, alongside school or study problems.   Young women in particular, are increasingly overwhelmed with more than half saying they are either extremely or very concerned about coping with stress.*

*Mission Australia Youth Survey 2014

Our approach…

We take an holistic approach in all of our programs and courses.  With a background in teaching deportment and personal development courses spanning over 10 years, as well as qualifications in life coaching, positive body image and even mental health and technology in young people, we believe it’s important to teach skills such as job interview skills and presentation skills alongside wellness and self-esteem subjects.  

We believe that…

Every single young woman is beautiful but when we look around, it’s easy to see that many don’t see that within themselves.  You can tell by the way they hold themselves, introduce themselves, dress, do their hair and make up and present themselves to the world.  You can tell by the way they treat themselves, nourish their bodies and even how treat others.  Through our programs, students are encouraged to grow and develop their own unique beauty and style, find the special qualities that they have to give to the world and are given the tools to shine from within as responsible, compassionate and confident young women.

Our Values…

Compassion for self and others, wellness, presentation and professionalism are the core values behind Shine From Within.  When we are truly happy within ourselves then we will treat our body, mind and spirit with respect.  We will feed our bodies healthy, nourishing foods, we will present ourselves beautifully to the world and we will have the confidence to chase our dreams, blitz through job interviews and take care of the people and world around us with pride.

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Current insights, tips & research about teens from the front line for parents, educators and mentors.

Amanda Rootsey, founder of teen holistic personal development school Shine From Within and coach to youth mentors all over the world, interviews experts about what’s going on for youth today.  From psychological insights to practical advice on how to hold a safe space for teens, it’s your short burst of inspiration and motivation amidst the crazy world of teens and tweens!

Thank you Amanda for taking the time to nurture young lives. Mackenzie enjoyed every moment of the Tweens Course and I have loved seeing her eyes light up when telling me about her fun day.

Janet Burchett,
mother of a Tweens Course student.

“Hey Amanda, I know this is completely out of the blue, but I wanted to thank you so much for the Shine Personal Development Course. Everything we covered throughout it is still of huge help to me today, and I’m sure it will be forever! It really helped me and it was all an absolutely amazing experience!”

Meg, Jan 2015.
Personal Development Course student
(from our first ever course in 2013!).

The program was brilliant and I highly recommend to parents for all girls. Amanda’s empowering the girls to love and believe in themselves and take care of themselves and not get caught up in all of the hype, pressures and negative influences that they will be faced with in today’s world. We are very fortunate to have had this course at our school and have such a caring and inspirational teacher like Amanda.

2015 parent of a primary school
Stand Out Program student

Articles for Parents…

Meet Athlete Empowerment Coach, Kaye Vlachos

Kaye Vlachos is a sporty soul sister & zen mumma inspiring & nurturing women to embrace their gorgeous life with her heart-centred guidance. She also works with elite athletes for a variety of outcomes, from improving their confidence to incorporating healthier eating habits into their busy lives. Her 15yr sports career, in which she represented NSW and Australia in football (soccer if you ask me!), and her education in human movement, health coaching, personal training and light working give Kaye a unique perspective, deep understanding and incredibly supportive approach. I love seeing Kaye with our students when she comes in to talk about mindset and reaching your dreams – she’s so gentle and loving and I’m excited to introduce you to her today!

2015/16 Summer School Wrap Up!

The school holidays feel like so long ago now but we’d love to share some of the fun we had with all of our courses during Dec/Jan! Check out all the photos and fun from our Sisterhood Evening, Jewellery-making workshop, modelling course, tweens course and signature Shine Personal Development Course!

Women Who Shine – Jessica Cove

Meet Jessica Cove. She’s a former dancer who found the courage to see a serious injury, which ended her incredibly successful performance career, as an opportunity to become a wellness coach who works with young dancers. I know many of our students are dancers so I really wanted to learn more from Jessica about health and wellness from her perspective and hear her advice for young aspiring dancers. I’m sure you’ll love her just as much as we do! Read our interview below and share your thoughts in the comments below…

Does Social Media Impact Teen Self Esteem?

The world is changing. Fast. It seems that each week there is a new platform for people to engage and communicate with one another and it’s becoming more difficult to keep track of them all. I think most parents would agree that the impact of Facebook on their children’s lives was daunting enough but now with Instagram, SnapChat, Ask.FM and more, I bet most parents wish we could all go back to a time when it was just Facebook!

In our work with teen girls, I see firsthand the troubles that some girls go through with social media. From bullying to an unhealthy obsession over how many ‘friends,’ ‘likes’ or ‘followers’ they have.

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