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What We Do
IT’S OUR MISSION TO
make sure the 1.2 billion teens in the world have a mentor and know how special they are.
We currently do this through:
For Teens + Tweens
A virtual community connecting teens with international experts and youth mentors to build confidence, life skills, creativity and more.
For Youth Mentors + Coaches
An award-winning online training and global community to give you the tools to support youth AND build your own business doing it.
About Shine From Within
Hiii! As the saying goes, ‘It takes a village to raise a child,’ and it’s our mission, joy and honour to play a small role in a young person’s village.
I absolutely LOVE seeing our students embrace all of who they are and our trained youth mentors building villages of support all over the world.
Our modern, wholistic training school…
supports teens and the adults around them through an Online Academy, an award-winning Youth Mentor Training, a school-based curriculum, best-selling book, podcast and more! Established in 2012 on Kabi Kabi Country (Sunshine Coast) QLD Australia, Shine From Within has always empowered young people to feel like they are enough and have the tools within to forge their own path.
Right now in 2021, there’s so much uncertainty for us all, especially young people. Our new virtual community, the Online Academy, supports the wellbeing, mental health and JOY of teens during these times. The focus is on connecting teens with each other AND with international experts and youth mentors to get creative, learn new skills (from setting boundaries to activism, to sign language to bullet journaling!), build confidence, stay motivated and feel connected.
We also love to support the adults who support youth, with a school-based curriculum for educators and an award-winning online Youth Mentor Training which has seen the birth of hundreds of new youth organisations opening up around the world to support teens in Africa, Europe, USA and across Asia and Oceania.
A certified B-Corp and social enterprise, Shine From Within is dedicated to giving back, treading lightly on the planet and holding an inclusive, supportive and brave space for all who feel called to join the Shine From Within community.
We believe in…
a just world for all beings, being good custodians of the planet and shining from within. We believe in the right to an education for all, to feel welcome and included, to be seen and heard. We believe in integrity, transparency, honesty, service, freedom and peace.
We acknowledge and pay respects to the traditional custodians of the lands and nations around Australia on which we run our workshops and business. We acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded – this land always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. We recognise the past atrocities against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of this land and that Australia was founded on the genocide and dispossession of First Nations people. We recognise the ongoing struggles of First Nations people in dismantling the colonial structures and policies that remain in place today.
Ensuring that students of all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities, and all abilities feel welcome is important to us. Shine from Within is LGBTQIA+ friendly.
We believe our impact is ever-evolving and are committed to continuing our learning and our service through a variety of ways. In the spirit of transparency we want to share our commitment with you and demonstrate how we’ve been actioning these with the following:
TAKE YOUR TEEN PROGRAM ONLINE!
Learn how to run your own online workshops for teens + tweens.
Get our book!
"Shine From Within; a teen girl's guide to life" is such a wonderful, well rounded book for teens. I work closely with teens and I see it first hand - life and growing up can be tough, but it doesn't have to be. This book is definitely something I would recommend every teenager read. It gives you tips, advice and courage to truly be confident in who you are!"
Current insights, tips & research about teens from the front line for parents, educators and mentors.
“Amanda had a lasting impact on our students. Her dignified, gentle manner – coupled with her passion for empowering young girls – was greatly admired by students and teachers alike. She is an extraordinary role model for women!”
“It was an absolute pleasure to have Amanda host workshops in our Shopping Centre as part of our Mindfulness Campaign. To be able to offer tween girls in our community a holistic approach to wellness in a fun way was fantastic. All workshops were fully booked with a waiting list in advance, which highlights the popularity and need for this mentoring in our community. We’ve had very positive responses from both parents and students that took part.”
NOOSA CIVIC SHOPPING CENTRE
“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!”
“You’ll get the right tools to get you ready and support girls you want to here [the Youth Mentor Training]. The content was very engaging and thoughtful, and has had such a positive impact on my work!”
BRIGHTER GIRLS, NIGERIA
“The Regional Project I had been managing since 2015 in South Asia with UNICEF was coming to an end. I had been thinking of helping girls in the community schools be confident about themselves. But I had no idea of ‘how’. This training is just what I needed. I feel more confident now.”
GOLDEN HEART MENTORS, NEPAL
“[The Youth Mentor Training] inspired me to put more “me” into the workshops, gave me more clarity and structure around content, pricing and planning, and doing the course definitely gave me more confidence facilitating workshops! My favourite part of the course was connecting with others who are on the same mission to inspire and help youth.”
Alisha Jane Coon
SELF SAVVI, AUSTRALIA
“Your course [The Youth Mentor Training] has truly changed my life and I’m finally taking a leap of faith to live my true purpose. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
STRONGER BY BELIEVE, AUSTRALIA
“I loved how it felt like she was talking to each of us individually in each training module [of the Youth Mentor Training]. Amanda made it easy to understand and the guest interviews were really helpful!
Also loved the delivery – Amanda’s so good at laying it down and making it simple to understand.”
Aamira Ali Mir
YOUTH MENTOR, USA
mother of a Tweens Course student.
“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.”
“The training reflects the light Amanda carries: it is gentle, but deep, full of theoretical knowledge, as well as practical wisdom. Even for a person with prior experience in the field, there is a lot to gain from this training first of all, a welcoming and professional community, and a sense of competence that follows graduation.”
BEAR & SCHOLAR, TURKEY
“Your mentor training was amazing, thorough, informative, rich in content, covered all aspects (and then some!) and ensured that everyone had the opportunity to get involved as much or as little as what suited their availability.
All the guest speakers were incredible and gave such amazing value! For anyone considering working with teens this course is truly wonderful and I could not recommend it more.”
PEARLS FOR GIRLS, UK
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Shine From Within Youth Mentor Training
The Youth Mentor Training will give you the tools to nurture, mentor and hold a space for teens and tweens. You will learn how to connect with teens on their level, craft workshops and courses that could change their lives and do it in a way that supports your needs, strengths and lifestyle. The business of running programs for teens will also be covered, ensuring that you can reach and support as many young people as you want to, in a variety of formats. You will gain the knowledge and tools to work with teens, mentor them and run successful, heart-centred workshops for them based on your strengths and passions.
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We acknowledge and pay respects to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we run our workshops and business.
We welcome students of all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities, and all abilities. Shine from Within is LGBTQIA+ friendly. Read our complete commitment to our social and environmental impact here.
Shine From Within® and Shine On The Inside® are registered trademarks of Amanda Rootsey T/A Shine From Within ABN 79216354231