It’s our mission to make sure they all have a trusted mentor in their corner to hold space for them to shine from within. We do this through: 

Online Academy

For Teens

A virtual community connecting teens with international experts and youth mentors to build confidence, life skills, creativity and more. 

Youth Mentor Training

For Youth Mentors + Coaches

An award-winning online training and global community of youth mentors across 20+ countries to give you the tools to support youth AND build your own business doing it.


For Schools

A flexible 10 week program, aligned with the Australian Curriculum, to support middle and high school students to shine.

about Shine From Within
Meet Amanda

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 award-winning training school…

has supported teens and the adults around them since we started on Kabi Kabi Country (Sunshine Coast) QLD Australia in 2012. Shine From Within has always empowered young people to feel like they are enough and have the tools within to forge their own shiny path. 

Our mission is to make sure every teen has a youth mentor to shine a light on their awesomeness. To this end, we’ve trained HUNDREDS of youth mentors all over the globe to start their own businesses and support youth in their communities through our award-winning Youth Mentor Training.

Right now in 2023, there’s so much uncertainty for us all, especially young people. Our new virtual community, the Online Academy, has been a consistent source of joy and connection for young people, while also providing a platform for our youth mentors to teach online classes and events. 

We also love to support schools through a school-based curriculum for educators and by creating bespoke wellbeing conferences, retreats and workshops for schools and organisations around the world (we’re lucky to have hundreds of incredible youth mentors on every continent that we can tap into!). 

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.

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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!” 

Teigan Nash

TV Presenter (former host, Saturday Disney) + Founder of Girls Who Glow


19 – 21 FEB 2024

the podcast
Current insights, tips & research about teens for parents, educators and mentors.
Amanda Rootsey, founder of Shine From Within and coach to youth mentors all over the world, interviews folks about what’s going on for youth today. From lived experience stories to practical advice on how to hold a more inclusive and nurturing space for teens, it’s your short burst of inspiration and motivation to keep showing up, listening, co-creating with, championing and holding space for the magical teens and tweens around us.

“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!”

Deborah Thomson

“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.”

Aimee Hodge

“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, student

“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!”

Fola Fadeyi


“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.”

Aruna Pant

“[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


“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.”

Kristine Ross

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


“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.

“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.”

Pinar O’Connor

“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.”

Dee Shepherd

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We’re moving overseas! What this means for you

We’re moving overseas! What this means for you

Hi! Amanda here. I wrote this letter to share with our lovely community and thought I'd pop it here too for anyone not on our email list (join at the bottom of this page!). I started Shine From Within over 10 years ago, here on Gubbi Gubbi Country, on the Sunshine...

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Youth Mentor

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.

Want to be a mentor too? 

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