THERE ARE 1.2 BILLION TEENS IN THE WORLD.
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:
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.
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 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!”
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Current insights, tips & research about teens 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
On The Blog
PODCAST: SEASON 3, EPISODE 15: Hosting rites of passage experiences for teens and their parents with Jaclyn Cunningham
In this episode I chat with Jaclyn Cunningham about: * the framework of a transformative Rites of Passage experience for teens and their parents, like a Mother-Daughter Retreat * how she runs retreats like this * tips for facilitators * why parents love them and * how...
Meet 3 youth mentors - a former early childhood teacher, a life coach and a UN development worker. People become youth mentors for all sorts of reasons, and come to this work from all sorts of backgrounds. We want to introduce you to 3 of them today. Some have been...
One of the things I hear the most from folks who know in their bones that they want to work with young people is that they’re not sure if they’re qualified/good/old/young/perfect enough. So, here are 3 things you need to be a great youth mentor! Enjoy this short...
PODCAST: Season 3, Episode 12: Beyond Body Positivity: dismantling the ladder of body hierarchies with Nicola Haggett
Join us for a thought-provoking episode of The Youth Mentor Podcast, where Amanda sits down with body liberationist and Body Trust coach, Nicola Haggett. In this snippet of a conversation recorded at the 2022 Youth Mentor Conference, they delve into the complex topic...
The Youth Mentor Conference is coming!by Amanda Rootsey OMG! Our Youth Mentor Conference is back again and I would like to extend a warm invitation for you to attend. 🙂 I'm blown away, yet again, by the speakers we've pulled together for this year's conference. I'm...
In this episode, we're excited to share with you insights from Sarah, a youth mentor and researcher who has recently completed a dissertation on helping young people build hope and resilience in the face of ambiguous loss and uncertainty. With the ongoing pandemic...
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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