Shine From Within have been running programs for teen and tween girls since 2012, reaching thousands of beautiful girls in our tween courses (10-12 yr olds), teen retreats (13-17 yr olds), one-on-one mentoring, mother-daughter retreats, schools curriculum, and even teach adults how to be great youth mentors in their community through our Youth Mentor Training. And we now have a book in stores around Australia and New Zealand, Shine From Within; a teen girl’s guide to life which you can find in Big W or any good bookstore (buy online here). At the heart of it all, 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. We’ve even got a podcast for you! 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 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 all girls (and boys) 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 judgement.
What we know…
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
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, our founder Amanda Rootsey believes it’s important to teach skills such as job interview skills and presentation skills alongside wellness and self-esteem subjects.
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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"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.
mother of a Tweens Course student.
Meg, Jan 2015.
Personal Development Course student
(from our first ever course in 2013!).
2015 parent of a primary school
Stand Out Program student
Articles for parents..
Card decks are a special way to engage young girls. You may have a personal connection to pulling cards and what that ritual means to you or you might just like to try something different as an ice-breaker. We’ve found that introducing our favourite cards to our...
Bonding with your daughter is one of the most important things you can do for her wellbeing. It molds the woman she’s becoming. I understand it seems like there’s never enough time. However, the investment in time is worth it for you and for her. Make a fortnightly...
Hi there beautiful Shine From Within family, What a year it's been! As we start to wrap up and reflect I thought I would share with you some of the things that we like to do here at Shine From Within so that you can join in at home with your own family. REFLECT:...
Well, what can I say about this group of girls...they were fun, honest, caring and truly do shine from within. With every single course that we run, I feel so blessed to have such gorgeous girls there, even if they're not too sure about the whole thing...
In this casual Skype chat, our Director Amanda had a chat with Karen Clarke, author of the new book, 'From Bullied to Brilliant,' where she demystifies bullying and shares tips on how we can support young people who are being bullied. Karen is also the co-founder of...
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!
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!
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…