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Do you dream of creating a space for teens where they can:

Be open and honest with no judgement,

Develop important life skills

& Completely embrace the person they truly are within?

Do you want to:

Empower them,

Help them feel like they are enough,

& Share what you’ve learned with them?

Then you, my friend, are in the right place!

We know you want to make a difference.  We know you want to help.

You know that this is what you’re meant to be doing.

You are drawn to working with youth.

You wish there were programs and mentors around to support you when you were a teen.

You believe in the power of self-development.

You are feeling a calling, more and more, to hold a space for teens, empower them and nurture them.

You are craving an opportunity to put your caring, giving spirit to use and tap into what you truly have to offer the world.

No matter your age, you have learned a thing or two and feel that it’s your duty to share this with the next generation.

You might even feel like everything has led you to this point (seemingly random jobs, those books you read, that course you took a while ago…it wasn’t for nothing!)

And you want to go on this next journey with support around you. 

Perhaps you just need a bit of guidance.  A few TOOLS to make sure you create

something that will really serve the young people you’re hoping to reach.

 

We’d love to help you.

MENTOR

[men-tawr]

Noun

1. A wise and trusted counsellor or teacher

2. An influential senior sponsor or supporter

Synonyms: Advisor, Coach, Guide, Instructor, Teacher, Trainer

Shine From Within Youth Mentor Training

is an award-winning* 16-week online course that will give you the tools to nurture, mentor and hold a space for young people with support around you.  You will learn how to connect with teens and tweens 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 youth will also be covered, ensuring that you can reach and support as many bright young people as you want to, in a variety of formats (including online). 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.  

*Winner Best Program of the Year at the Beautiful You Coaching Awards, April 2017.  

Around 200 people from all over the world, including Nigeria, China, Ireland, UK, France, Belgium, USA, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and more have completed the Youth Mentor Training since it launched in 2016.  Let’s help teens together!

Adefolashade Fadeyi

FOUNDER, BRIGHTER GIRLS

LAGOS, NIGERIA

“You’ll get the right tools to get you ready to support the [young people] you want to here.  The content was very engaging and thoughtful and has had such a positive impact on my work!”

Jeanette Buchanan

COACH + MENTOR, LIFE COACH FOR ME

AUSTRALIA

“If you are considering working with youth in any capacity then this is the course for you. You won’t be disappointed, Amanda has covered everything you need to know to enable you to confidently go out into the world & shine your light. ”

Aamira Ali Mir

TEEN EMPOWERMENT COACH

USA

“I loved how it felt like she was talking to each of us individually in each training module. 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.”

Kristine Ross

CO-FOUNDER, STRONGER BY BELIEVE

AUSTRALIA

“Your course 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.”

Dee Shepherd

FOUNDER, PEARL GIRLS

UK

“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. ”

Join us

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 THE SPECIFICS ~ AT THE COMPLETION OF THIS COURSE YOU WILL:

  1. Gain clarity on what you, specifically, have to offer teens.
  2. Understand the psychology of teens, what’s going on for them today and the responsibilities of working with this age group.
  3. Know how to make referrals for kids who need more help.
  4. Connect with young people authentically so they open up.
  5. Understand how to use your intuition, alongside practical structure, to guide your sessions.
  6. Be inspired by experts in the youth space and be guided through the process of creating your own curriculum and workshop content.
  7. Be able to reach the teens who need you through targeted marketing strategies that work (and don’t cost a fortune!).
  8. Understand the business side of working with young people – insurances, policies and risk management.
  9. Get clear on how to price your programs, workshops and offerings (with practical worksheets!).
  10. Knock the socks off your students and their parents/schools with connection, professionalism and fun!

PROGRAM DELIVERY:

The Youth Mentor Training includes:

  1. Six modules, a new one being delivered each fortnight.
  2. Lifetime access to 50+ Training Videos, PDF workbooks, editable worksheets and audios.
  3. Fortnightly group coaching calls at 2 different times to accommodate our students all over the world (recorded in case you can’t make either time).
  4. Specialist interviews with our panel of expert guest teachers.
  5. 24/7 access to our dedicated membership portal.
  6. Private youth mentor community that you remain apart of long after you graduate.
  7. A behind-the-scenes look at our Shine From Within courses for teens and tweens.
  8. Done-for-you example templates, outlines and our schools proposal.
  9. Access to additional one-on-one consultations with Amanda (no longer available to the public).

What exactly is covered?

Here’s a snapshot of some of the content we’ll cover in each module…

Want more detail?

MODULE 1: Your Why

In this module we explore what it means to be a Shine From Within Youth Mentor and start to look at the qualities of a youth mentor. We also dive into why you want to work with young people and what you specifically have to offer them. This could be the most important part of the entire course because it will set you up for the direction of your courses and workshops, the type of curriculum you decide to deliver, the content you include, who you decide to collaborate with, how you promote your events and more. It’s OK if you aren’t exactly sure on the specifics yet, the worksheets in this module will help you gain clarity.

Learning Outcomes:

● Have a clear understanding of what a Shine From Within Youth Mentor is and the qualities that we believe are important in a youth mentor

● Be able to explain why you want to work with youth

● Be able to identify your passions, strengths and the experiences that you have been through that could benefit your future students

● Acknowledge your identities and the lens with which you see the world so that you can hold an inclusive space for all young people

MODULE 2: Duty of Care

In this module we will dive into the mind of a teen so that you have a clear understanding of where they’re at psychologically. We will look at the common issues that teens can be faced with today, the risk factors associated with these and the triggers that you can look out for as a youth mentor.  At the end of this module, you should feel comfortable holding a space for teens, knowing that you are prepared for what could come up in the sessions and how to handle these appropriately. You should also be able to start thinking about and researching your own workshop topics that combine your values, passions and purpose with what teens are faced with today.

Learning Outcomes:

● Have a basic understanding of the psychological developments that occur during the teen years

● Be aware of the common issues adolescents may face and the risk factors associated with these

● Be able to recognise triggers that will alert you to deeper issues so that you can refer students on to specialists if necessary

● Understand young people’s rights, your duty of care when holding a space for them and how to practically integrate this into your own work

● Be able to consider how your ‘why’ can be integrated with what teens are faced with in today’s world, to start bringing together research and workshop ideas.

MODULE 3: Engagement

In Module 3 we’re going to dive into how to authentically connect with young people.  At the end of this module, you should feel comfortable about the idea of getting up in front of a group of young people and introducing yourself. You will know how to lead them through some ice­breaker activities, facilitate group discussions, guide and nurture the group through different stages. You’ll understand the different learning styles and personality types and how to deliver your content in a way that appeals to all of them.

Learning Outcomes:

● Be able to introduce yourself to a group of young people in an authentic way

● Understand how to use active listening and powerful questioning to facilitate group discussions

● Know how to guide and nurture a group through a rich learning experience

● Know some ice­breaker games that you can use with your own classes to foster connection

● Understand how to cater to a range of different learning styles and personality types

MODULE 4: Workshops

As we move into the second half of the program, we’re really looking at the practical side of creating an experience for young people and the business elements that can bring the experience to life. Building on the first 3 modules, which were heavily based in developing your understanding of working with young people, Module 4 starts to piece together your workshop or program in a systematic way. We’ll dive into curriculum development and event management processes for different types of events and workshops, sharing our proven 6 stages to a smooth workshop. You’ll understand the flow of workshops and the importance of framing, sequencing and flexibility in your delivery.

We’re all about teamwork here so collaborations that are supportive and beneficial for both parties will be discussed and we’ll even share some of our outlines so that you can clearly see examples of how to get things done.

Learning Outcomes:

● Understand the differences, benefits and disadvantages between retreats, courses, workshops and other events

● Be able to identify teachers and collaborators who share your vision and can add value to your workshops

● Know what to look out for in selecting a venue

● Understand the flow of workshops and how to frame and sequence effectively

● Know our 6 stages to a smooth workshop from start to finish

● Be able to develop your own curriculum

● Have access to example done-for-you outlines and checklists

MODULE 5: Marketing

No matter how passionate you are about working with teens, if you can’t express that in an authentic way to the people who need you and actually get bookings, then this may not be the business for you. That’s not a bad thing, but you might be better off working for someone else and that’s a good thing to know right from the start (note: plenty of people come through this training with the intention to work for other organisations rather than build their own business – it’s still useful to be able to bring this knowledge and these skills to that organisation). When you are building your own business, which is what most of you are doing or are hoping to do, you need to wear a ridiculous amount of hats, including the marketing hat. If you want to create your own programs and workshops and have them sell out, then you NEED to know marketing. 

Learning Outcomes:

● Have a basic understanding of marketing

● Know exactly who you are going to be marketing to

● Know our 3 most important rules for marketing in this space

● Be able to price your programs and courses

● Have a clear idea of all the various channels for marketing

● Understand a number of clear strategies to build a relationship with your potential students and their families and be able to select the most appropriate ones for you

● Know how to get into print media regularly without paying for advertising

● Know how to write a great sales page

MODULE 6: Business

The business stuff…this (like many of the other modules in this course) could be a course all on it’s own.  But we’re going to make sure we cover the specifics that you need to be aware of for working with youth AND share the tips and tricks to help you move into action.  

This is all about getting started with the right foundations, easy checklists and procedures so that you can focus on delivering a beautiful experience the young folks who need you.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the requirements of getting started and running a business that works with youth
  • Understand the legal requirements and documents you’ll need
  • Get our Master Checklist with everything you need to do from start to finish with your events and workshops
  • Have access to our templates for bookings, terms and conditions, risk management plan and confirmation emails
  • See our magical “On the Day” binder and list of what to include to ensure your events run smoothly
  • Get our recommended tools and systems for smooth business processes
  • Be able to create a risk management plan

A case study…

Hear how each module specifically supported Tanya in her youth-foucssed business.

Note: this is just how it supported ONE person. We have such a variety of folks who come into this training – those who have never worked with youth and those who have. Those who want to start a business and those who want to volunteer or just learn more for themselves. 

You’ll get:

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VIDEO LESSONS

50+ video lessons to watch online or download and keep forever.

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PDF LESSONS

Prefer to read?  Each module contains a PDF workbook for you to download with your reading material, action steps and extra resources.

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POWERFUL WORKSHEETS

Editable PDF worksheets are provided to guide you deeper into your learning and assist you in creating your own programs.

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ONLINE COMMUNITY

Private Facebook group to connect with other students 24/7, ask questions and support each other.

AUDIO LESSONS

Time poor?  Audio files for each video training and interview are provided so that you can listen in the car, while out walking, etc.

GROUP COACHING CALLS

Fortnightly calls to answer any of your questions.  These are held at alternating times to suit most schedules and international time zones and are recorded so you can play back later.  You can dial in for the cost of a local call or join free online – super easy.

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 GUEST TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Hear from the experts including psychologists, marketing and events specialists, counsellors, school teachers, youth motivational speakers, business coaches and more.

MEMBERS PORTAL

All of your lessons, bonuses, links, schedule and FAQs are in a central, members-only portal making your learning experience as smooth as possible.  PLUS you can record your own notes or ask us questions directly from the portal.

Plus ++

These bonuses!

  • An intro to working one-on-one with young people (valued at $850)
  • How to run a sisterhood evening (valued at $450)
  • On the day checklist (valued at $99)
  • ‘Swipe file’ for confirmation email to parents (valued at $49)
  • Business ‘weekly check-in’ template so you can keep your business on track as you start to grow (valued at $99)
  • 8 pages of bonus resource links including content creation and research links, loads of interesting videos and articles and our favourite admin tools for productivity. (valued at $499)
  • A look at our school’s proposal (valued at $799)
  • How to run a natural skincare workshop, including a resources list (valued at $999)
  • LIVE 2016 + 2017 Brisbane training day footage x 2 (1.5hrs each) (valued at $599)
  • LIVE 2016 Melbourne training day footage x 1 (1.5hrs) (valued at $599)
  • NEW (Nov 2019) MASTERCLASS on body positivity and instilling positive body image in your students (valued at $599)
  • NEW (March 2020) MASTERCLASS on taking your teen programs online (valued at $599)
  • NEW (March 2020) 3 months complimentary access to our new business incubator especially for youth mentors, ‘The Coterie’ so you can keep building the business with momentum and support (valued at $165). This includes lesson plans (including slideshows) to run classes on resilience, menstrual wellness and beginner’s mindset, resources such as a Business Foundations Checklist to set you up on solid ground and Masterclasses on branding, trauma awareness and more. 

TOTAL VALUE OF BONUSES: $6,347

+ priceless in-person opportunities (when we’re allowed to gather again!):

+ potential paid opportunities to facilitate workshops in our new online academy!

That’s right, we PAY our youth mentors to run classes in our new teen Online Academy, which provides a supportive space to get your class together and helps you build your own audience and community.

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Your Teachers

AMANDA ROOTSEY | FOUNDER, SHINE FROM WITHIN

Amanda has been teaching and presenting to teens on and off for about 15 years, since she was a teen herself!  She’s built up an arsenal of qualifications over the years in business, events management, life coaching, youth mentoring, wellness, eating disorder prevention and more (and will keep on learning and sharing this with youth mentors! Current reading and training obsessions: feminism, gender and anti-racism).

Amanda worked for a number of training schools in her late teens and early twenties while at university but founded Shine From Within in 2012 after going through a 2 year battle with cancer.  It was this life-changing experience that inspired her to re-evaluate her own life and feel called to provide her own nurturing space for young people, to share some of the important lessons she had learned during that experience.  For the past 8 years, Amanda and her small team have been dedicated to educating and inspiring hundreds of teens to truly shine, inside and out.

Some of Shine From Within’s events have included Mother-Daughter Evenings and Retreats, Nourish Workshops, Back 2 School Workshops, School-based programs for primary and high schools, 5-day Personal Development courses and 8-week ‘night schools’ for teens, 2-day courses for tweens, Sisterhood Evenings, one-on-one mentoring (in person and via Skype/Zoom), being involved in youth camps and conferences and providing a range of workshops for not-for-profit community groups.

Amanda is a published author of Shine From Within; a teen’s guide to life (Hay House), has appeared on The Today Show (Channel 9) and Today Tonight (Channel 7), been mentioned as a ‘game-changer’ in The Collective magazine and has been featured in Peppermint Magazine, Cleo Magazine, Natural Health Magazine, The Australian, Inspired Coach Magazine and more.

Why I created this program

I LOVE working with teens.  But getting started on my own business with Shine From Within was tough.  I felt alone at times and craved support from someone in the same industry.  I reached out to a couple of women who I admired and looked up to in this industry but didn’t hear a response.

So when people started getting in touch with me after I had been building up Shine From Within for a few years, wanting to work with teens but unsure of where to start, wondering if they could do it and wanting to “pick my brain,” I just knew I had to find a way to support them.  I truly believe that there can never be enough programs or support in the world for young people.  If I can help you tap into your own values, strengths and passion to hold a space for teens that is uniquely yours, while also giving you all of the practical information I’ve learned along the way, then I’ve done my job.  It’s my dream to help more young people and I can’t do it without you – let’s help them together!

Your incredible Guest Teachers:

This is actually where the GOLD is in this course! So much inspiration, motivation and education from a variety of incredible experts. Check them out: 

Julie Parker

CEO, Beautiful You Coaching Academy

Julie Parker is the Founder of The Beautiful You Coaching Academy where she passionately trains heart centered people to become life coaches. 

Prior to Julie’s extraordinary success as a coach and coach trainer, she spent almost 10 years as a social worker and counsellor with youth at risk and then moved into not-for-profit organisations, eventually becoming CEO of The Butterfly Foundation, who support Australians with eating disorders.

 In her 2 guest teacher interviews (1 just wasn’t enough!), Julie shares powerful coaching and engagement techniques to empower young people, how to create a safe space to support them, what to do if you think someone is thinking about suicide, ‘levelling up’ in your business and so much more.

Grenita Brooks

FOUNDER, International Mentoring Society

Grenita’s experience in the mentoring profession has prompted an urgency to create an umbrella of organizations that will serve youth from every walk of life at any age and stage of development.

Grenita’s passion for underprivileged and underserved youth has encouraged her educational path. She has an Associates of Art’s degree with a focus on Early Childhood Development. Grenita holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work, a Children’s Services Certification, and is nationally credentialed in nonprofit management. Additionally, she has a master’s degree in clinical social work from the University of Central Florida.

Grenita has a background in Child welfare and Case management and she’s currently employed with Brevard Public School’s where she is a school-based social worker at McNair Magnet Middle School; the middle school she attended as a teenager.

Grenita has spent the last several years developing IMS and is currently developing an international certification for mentoring. 

We’ll be chatting live with Grenita this round!

 

Christina Leggett

PSYCHOLOGIST, Little Window

Christina is a Psychologist and co-founder of Little Window.  She’s passionate about the worth we place upon ourselves, self-care, nurturing from within, Neuropsychotherapy, and an holistic approach to mental wellness.

Christina has worked in diverse settings such as in a mental health unit facilitating quality of life programs, a senior counsellor at a national counselling service working with children and young people and a family therapist working with children using expressive therapies.

Christina has been interviewed by New York Times, NBC television and Women’s Health Magazine for her research on relationships and technology.

Thania Siaw

PSYCHOLOGIST, Little Window

Thania is a compassionate, creative, gentle and intentional holistic Psychologist, and the co-founder of Little Window.  For over ten years she has worked with adults, adolescents, children and families in a variety of settings and roles including a child/adolescent and family therapist, group therapy program developer and facilitator, adult mental health psychologist, counselling and clinical supervisor, case manager, child psychologist, and lecturer at a leading training provider in counselling and community services.

Thania has published research in the area of stress, nightmares and personality, and has been interviewed on radio and television about cyber-bullying and coping with grief.

Thania and Christina share so much insight into the adolescent brain, how to soothe young people when they’re feeling anxious, common issues they see in their practice, how disconnection can show up in young people and triggers to watch out for that may indicate the need for additional support.

Josh Shipp

THE ‘TEEN WHISPERER’

Josh, aka “The Teen Whisperer” is a former at-risk foster kid turned teen advocate.  Hailing from the U.S. he’s the best-selling author of ‘The Teen’s Guide to World Domination,’ has spoken at Harvard, Stanford and MIT Universities and is a recognized teen expert for media outlets such as MTV, CNN, FOX, The New York Times and Good Morning America (oh and he’s been on Oprah).

His documentary TV series TEEN TROUBLE (A&E) followed his ground-breaking work with teens.  He’s worked with groups of parents, educators & mental health professionals plus has spoken to more than TWO Million teens live.

His ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible. He trains other speakers through ‘Youth Speaker University’ and his online mentoring program for teens ‘A Year of Awesomeness’ has a world-wide reach.

Mikhara Ramsing

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR

Mikhara Ramsing is a social entrepreneur from Brisbane, Australia. She runs two social enterprises in the human rights space: Miks Chai, which sells ethically sourced, environmentally sustainable delicious chai to create connection through storytelling; and Ethnic LGBT+, a national website providing a safe place for members of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBTIQA+ community to share their stories.

She believes stories save lives and has travelled around Australia in a self-built tiny home connecting with rural youth. She has been nominated as the Young Australian of the Year QLD 2019, AFR Top 100 Women of Influence and was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship enabling her to attend Harvard University and to work with LGBTIQA+ communities around the world.

In her guest teacher interview, Mikhara shares generously about sourcing funding, getting into schools, supporting youth in rural areas, collaborating with organisations, supporting LGBTQIA+ youth and more! 

Johanna Parker

YOUTH COUNSELLOR + COACH

Johanna is a life coach, speaker and counsellor through her beautiful business, Heart Sparks.  She supports women and adolescents to confidently embrace their uniqueness and live incredible, purposeful lives.

Johanna spent 7 years in social work, counselling service coordination and leadership within the not-for-profit and government sectors.  Now she spends her days being invited to speak in schools, at leadership camps, coaching and counselling her clients to create and sustain a life they love.

In Jo’s 2 guest teacher interviews (1 just wasn’t enough!), Jo shares about how she crafts her custom programs for youth organisations and schools, her tips for building rapport with students, how to build relationships in your local community, how to find your story and feel comfortable putting yourself out there and so much more.

Dr. Arne Rubinstein

CEO, The Making of Men

Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on adolescent development, with 30 years experience as a medical doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator.  His programs and seminars have been been attended by over 25,000 people globally and are designed to support boys to successfully make a safe, healthy transition to young men, with a particular focus on creating coming of age Rites of Passage.

In 2008, he was nominated for Australian of the Year for his groundbreaking work with youth.

In his guest teacher interview, Arne shares about how to facilitate rites of passage for young people, the power of stories in connecting and teaching, the differences between holding space for males and females, how to build a socially-responsible business and lots more.

Jane Bennett

FOUNDER, A Celebration Day for Girls

Jane is a researcher, writer, counsellor and educator who is passionate about natural fertility, menstrual wellbeing and holistic contraception.  Her books and programs offer girls and women the means to understand and have a positive and empowered relationship with their bodies, their fertility and their cycles so that they are able to make informed choices and have these choices respected.

Jane is the founder of A Celebration Day for Girls, a workshop for girls aged 10-12 and their Mothers or carers, which she now trains facilitators to deliver all over the world.

In her guest teacher interview, Jane shares the importance of facilitating discussions around menarche with girls, simple and practical ways for parents to prepare their daughters for this transition and all about her programs for teen and tween girls, including how she gets the parents involved in the workshops.

  Cameron Airen

GENDER CONSULTANT & CO-FOUNDER, Feminist Coach Academy

Cameron Airen is a Feminist Mindset Coach, Mentor & Gender Consultant who helps feminists feel more confident, at ease, and create the change they want in their lives and in the world! In addition, they work with solo-entrepreneurs, business owners, leaders and creatives to help them integrate next-level gender and social consciousness into their business and work so they can be a part of a growing movement of positive social change.

Cameron has a Masters degree in Anthropology & Social Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and a B.A. in Women & Gender Studies from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL. She has 14+ years of experience studying feminism, gender, sexuality and social change.

In their guest teacher class, Cameron shared important tips on how we can ensure our work with youth is inclusive.

Michael Maidens

LAUNCH SPECIALIST

Michael Maidens empowers people with a unique, systematic approach to create a thriving business to support creating an amazing lifestyle. He brings a unique combination of performance psychology learnt as a former full time athlete, systematic approach from writing business software for 10 years, together with his most recent focus of reaching and impacting an audience online. He’s come up with the strategy for some of the biggest online launches in the world, naming Food Matters and Hay House as some of his top clients. Most importantly, he shares a way of marketing that’s authentic and deeply rooted in service.

We were so lucky to have Michael join us at one of our Youth Mentor retreats and we captured the magic in this bonus expert class!

 

Heather Yelland

DIRECTOR, Green SuperCamp

Heather is the Director of the Green SuperCamp Australia programme, creating personal leadership, academic acceleration and environmental awareness education for young people aged 10 to 18 years.  Green SuperCamp has had 780 students through it’s doors over the last few years.  She has formal training in Psychology, Business, Family and Systems Theory, and Arts and has been a ‘people and business’ specialist for over 25 years.

In this guest teacher interview, Heather shares some of the latest research on young people today, how to truly connect with them and give them permission to express themselves in all their glory, how to create ‘communities of care’ for young people, why your age (young or old) doesn’t matter when it comes to working with youth and lots more.

 Matt Kershaw

former CEO, yLead

His first experience in 2002 of a yLead youth conference sparked a journey of transformation from a young introvert, terrified of public speaking… to a confident young leader with a desire to enrich the lives of others. In 2005, after a major health scare, Matt travelled to Tanzania and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. It was here that he decided it was time to conquer an even bigger mountain, leaving his university degree to join yLead full time.  Since 2006, Matt has developed from a junior team member to one of the organisation’s key facilitators and CEO.

In his guest teacher interview, Matt shares about yLead’s school programs, conferences and overseas expeditions for teens.  He generously shares lots about how to please the client (often schools), while delivering content in an engaging way for the teens.  He also shares about how leadership training in schools is changing and the topics that schools are often looking for.

Kim Smith

FOUNDER, Standing Strong

Kim Smith is the founder of Standing Strong Wellness Clubs, a unique membership program,  specially designed to work with parents and communities to help educate, motivate, and inspire children to live to their full potential. Endorsed by Oprah, Standing Strong provide evidence-based face-to-face programs, online wellness classes and community and have clubs opening up all over the world. 

Kim has just been named winner of the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Award for purpose & Social Enterprise WA, Australia. 

In this guest teacher interview, Kim shares her very specific tips on getting started in business and protecting your ‘baby,’ how she got Oprah to endorse her business,  how she advertises, and why she believes in the power of youth programs outside of school.

Stephanie Taylor

NUTRITIONIST + SCHOOL CHAPLAIN

STEPHANIE Taylor was 17 years old when four words changed her life, “Help Make Girls Smile.”  The Gold Coast philanthropist was sitting in a leadership conference when the words came to her, shaping the decade to follow.  Now 27, Steph has co-founded a school-based program ‘Radiance’, is a trained Public Health Nutritionist and School Chaplain. She is passionate about helping girls live out their fullness and see themselves in the healthy light of who they were created to be.

Her Radiance Girls program is now endorsed by Queensland’s leading chaplaincy body, SU QLD and is spreading nationwide into the hands of chaplains and youth workers.

In this interview, Steph kindly shares the nuts and bolts of how she created her curriculum, how she gets it into schools and facilitates it and all about the retreat she just ran for year 12 girls.

And meet your youth mentor ‘mentor’ Leah 

Leah Castle is a former social worker and a qualified Youth Mentor trained in positive body image, mental health and drug and alcohol prevention. She is passionate about women’s health and wellbeing.

Leah has been working for Shine From Within supporting our Youth Mentors as they do their training for over 3 years now, as well as supporting teens through her own holistic programs, Sharing Our Unique Lives (SOUL). Leah intends to empower our future generation of teens to be the best version of themselves through workshops, sisterhood evenings and 1:1 mentoring.

For Leah it took a cancer scare and infertility to realise the food she was eating and the products she was using were not serving her. But really the biggest thing she discovered was that her thoughts were not serving her. She now has a beautiful boy!

Leah is a much-loved support in the training – always there to offer additional resources, experience and connection for our community. We know you’ll fall in love with her! 

 Hear from some of our graduates…

(we’re so ridiculously proud of them!)

One of our graduates, Mazoon Al Zadjali from the Sultanate of Oman.  Mazoon has spoken at and participated in conferences and youth forums in Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Russia, USA, Lebanon, UK, Tunisia, Azerbaijan and Kenya and is the founder of many initiatives in Oman.

One of our graduates, Tanya Meessmann is the founder of Girl Shaped Flames! In the last 3.5hrs they’ve worked with over 3000 young people, parents and educators around Australia. 

    One of our graduates, Sarah Found helps girls find authentic confidence, inner strength and resiliency…..all from within. She supports teens, tweens and Moms with workshops in her home town in Canada, as well as in our Online Academy.

    One of our graduates, Sabine Mckenzie is the founder of Core Confidence in Perth Australia. Sabine is a keynote speaker on body image, provides prevention and body image workshops in schools and offers eating disorder support. 

    One of our graduates, Ali Collier is the founder of Energised Minds in Perth Australia. Ali runs holiday programs, one-off workshops and online classes to empower teens and tweens. 

    One of our graduates, Peta Morton has just completed our latest round. She’s been volunteering with Raise Foundation in a school-based mentoring program and is busy getting her business up and running behind-the-scenes!

    Sharyn Holmes, Gutsy Girls Can Rule the World. Sharyn has facilitated a number of creative workshops for youth, women’s circles and is also an anti-oppression consultant, coach, writer, artist and speaker.

    Leah Castle, Sharing Our Unique Lives (SOUL). Leah is now our lead trainer in the program so you’ll get to know her if you join us. Leah has experience in social work and youth work and since launching her own business she’s run school programs, holiday workshops, mother-daughter programs and supported all of Shine from Within events for the last couple of years. She’s so nurturing and supportive – everyone falls in love with her 🙂 🙂 

     Some more kind words from around the globe…

    Winnie Kanyanta

    FOUNDER, YOUTH FUTURES ZAMBIA

    LUSAKA, ZAMBIA

    “I can’t love this course enough. I got out of it more than I imagined I would. It has been very practical, very engaging and all round interesting.  I feel very equipped and confident to embark on my journey as a youth mentor.”

    Belinda Jennings

    FOUNDER, SCHOOL OF STUFF THAT MATTERS

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

    “Your caring, calm and confident manner and the way you work so creatively and collaboratively sets such a good example. Your energy has attracted beautiful people into SFW and now I am lucky enough to be working alongside them. Everyone in the FB group has been so supportive and helpful. I feel really lucky that I made the choice to sign up for your program.”

    Alisha Jane Coon

    FOUNDER, SELF SAVVI

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

    “I already work with teens but I am so glad I did this course! It 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.”

    Aamira Ali Mir

    TEEN EMPOWERMENT COACH

    USA

    “I loved how it felt like she was talking to each of us individually in each training module. 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.”

    Gabrielle Goldklang

    FOUNDER, GIRL WISDOM

    BYRON BAY, AUSTRALIA

    “I loved this course so much. Not only did it inspire and motivate me to take action in working with young women, it gave me practical, easy-to-manage tips about how to go about setting up my business and run successful programs. Thank you so much Amanda!  You are a true gem!”

    Kathleen Saelens

    FOUNDER, THE HOUSE OF UNFURLING

    BELGIUM

    “If you feel drawn to holding space for young girls in your coaching practice or community, trust the nudge that brought you here, to the Youth Mentor Training.  Amanda’s beautiful programme has helped me feel more confident in my ability to address ‘sticky’ topics in a way that feels deeply graceful and age-appropriate, leaving my focus on holding a space that is fiercely dedicated to self-discovery in a playful, fun and lighthearted way. I am so grateful to Amanda for creating this programme and sharing her wonderful knowledge with us all.”

    Ashley Wheeler

    SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

    USA

    “I loved all of the content!! It was clear that so much thought and love went into creating such a wonderful tangible product and each module has paired so wonderfully with the work that I’m doing with some of my students in individual counselling.  If you are thinking about enrolling in this program, I would say, ‘Go for it!’  You will walk away with a greater sense of purpose and a deeper understanding of the needs of young people.”

    Paige Tan

    TEACHER + COACH

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA

    “Having worked with teens as a high school teacher for close to 7 years, I thought I knew all I needed to know about teenagers! How wrong I was, there was still so much to learn through this course and I loved how it always came from the perspective of serving this age group through positive support. This course has certainly helped me realise that there is so much that can be done in the wellbeing space for young girls and women, and I am so excited to be able to step out with the tools and the confidence to do this!”

    Katy Ross

    FOUNDER, YOUTH 44

    SOUTH CAROLINA, USA

    “If you are looking for a positive, uplifting, comprehensive course specifically for youth designed by a proven expert in our field that comes with a warm, supportive, encouraging community of like minded, peaceful, loving spirits, then you will LOVE Shine From Within.”

    Courtney Clark

    FOUNDER, SPARKLING SOULS 

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

    “The Youth Mentor Training has been absolutely amazing. The course popped up for me at the exact right time and has really pointed my life in the direction I’m meant to be going in. The content is so thorough and Amanda has really thought of everything. I now have the courage within myself to know how I want to be working in this space. The support is amazing from Amanda & Leah and interacting with other beautiful like minded [mentors] has been so inspiring.”

    Dee Shepherd

    FOUNDER, PEARL GIRLS 

    UK

    “The youth 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. “

    The Shine From Within Youth Mentor Training Program is right for you if:

    • You haven’t worked with youth before and would like to feel comfortable holding a space for them OR
    • You have worked with youth in another capacity but would love to branch out to run your own personalised workshops and programs OR
    • You work with adults already and would like to tailor your content to suit adolescents
    • You are a kind soul, genuinely interested in supporting young people to be the best version of themselves
    • You realise the great responsibility that comes with working with young people and are eager to ensure you do this the right way
    • You have an open heart and willingness to learn new things, despite the qualifications you already have
    • You believe in investing in your own personal development, growth and self-care
    • You may feel a little scared but are willing to give this all you’ve got and put in the work

    The Shine From Within Youth Mentor Training Program is not right for you if:

    • You are not willing to put in the work and devote at least 2 hours per week to your studies and be on group coaching calls where possible to be the best youth mentor that you can be
    • You want to support youth with serious health/mental health issues beyond the preventative space – you will need to invest much more time and money into a university degree for this
    • You do not have patience for young people
    • You already feel like you have a high level of skills and knowledge when it comes to mentoring youth and growing a business
    • You are looking for detailed scripts to run Shine From Within programs – this course will give you the tools to create your own content.    
    • You just want a platform to talk, air your problems and share your views and opinions with young people (without considering their needs or providing a space for them to grow and develop).

    Why is this work so important?

    Mental health, the environment and equity and discrimination were identified as the top 3 most important issues in Australia today by young people aged 15-19yrs*

    21% of young people in Australia aged 15-19yrs experienced bullying and 48% witnessed bullying take place in the past year* while over half of young people in England said that they had been bullied in some form in the past couple of months***

    In 2017 in the USA one out of five 12- to 17-year-old girls had experienced major depression in the previous year****

    Some of the impacts of COVID-19 on young people in the UK are expected to include increased mental health or wellbeing concerns, lack of safe spaces and a lack of trusted relationships or someone to turn to**

    Coping with stress is the number one personal concern for 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 Annual Youth Survey 2019

    **UK Youth Covid-19 Impact Report 2020

    ***What About YOUth? Survey 2014

    ****The National Survey on Drug Use and Health

      Young people are struggling like never before, especially during these unsettling times.  As they try to find themselves and carve out their unique identity and place in the world they are faced with more scrutinising and comparisitis than ever before.  They have endless information and inspiration at their finger tips – they are connected yes, but can often be deeply disconnected from themselves, the people around them and the environment.  They can snapchat you in a heartbeat but can’t introduce themselves.  They are growing up in an age when their online identity can sometimes feel more important than their ‘real life’ identity. It’s a time when they are feeling the weight of the world’s problems on their shoulders and need safe spaces to feel heard and connected.

    Now is the time for more support, connection and mentors to hold space for these young people.  Now is the time for the village to come together to help support the child.

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    “All of us have the ability to come into a room and to be an unwavering pillar of belief for a group of young people…that’s something we can choose for ourselves right before we step into a room and that alone, is a really powerful thing for a young person,”  Jo Parker [Guest Teacher] 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    When do we start? How much can I make? Is this an inclusive space? What if I can’t afford it? Click below to find out!

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    Can I study the Shine From Within Youth Mentor Training online?

    Yes!  The entire course is delivered online, with optional in-person retreats (when we’re allowed to gather!), which are often filmed and shared with all youth mentors.    

    Is it compulsory to be on the live group coaching calls?

    No.  The group coaching calls will be recorded in case you can’t attend them live.

    When does the course actually start?

    Module 1 will be released on Tuesday 10th November 2020.  Every 2 weeks a new module will be released and there will be a implementation/catch-up break half way through. Here’s a PDF with the entire schedule so you can see how we roll, when our calls will be, etc! 

    I’d love to do this training but am not in a position to afford it. Do you offer any financial support or scholarships?

    We are committed to making this training accessible and provide a Pay What You Can application process for those who are not in a position to afford the full rate and/or hold a marginalised identity.  There are a limited number of places available for each round and you can complete the application form here. We don’t ask you to share specifics about your identity or circumstances but encourage you to share whatever you feel is relevant. You then nominate how much you can afford to pay between a minimum and maximum amount (note: while it does list a minimum amount, you can also say $0 if that is true for you). Historically these places have been given to those in developing countries or people with a marginalised identity. Given the current state of the global economy, we’re offering additional places for this 2020 round so encourage you to apply if finances are holding you back. 

    Do you hold a safe and inclusive space? 

    Yes this is one of our highest values and intentions. We have robust community guidelines in place to ensure minimum harm is done and ensure that everyone feels welcome. We have a global community of mentors from over 20 countries but it’s still a white dominant space. As such we are continually learning as a team (with myself Amanda and our youth mentor ‘mentor’ Leah, engaging consultants and completing training on Unpacking Privilege, Whiteness at Work, etc). You can read about our commitment in general over on our commitment page. If you’d also like to see our community guidelines, please email youthmentors@shinefromwithin.com.au

    We’ve spent the past 12 months transcribing all training videos and interviews so that we can have captions available going forward too. If there’s anything we can do to make navigating our space easier, we welcome you reaching out. 

    Is this just for girls? 

    No. While our branding is quite pink (I can’t help it – I love it! haha) the Youth Mentor Training is open to all genders. Equally, it is perfect for you whether you want to focus on running programs for girls, boys and/or everyone. We encourage our mentors to challenge the gender binary and ensure they are holding a safe and inclusive space for all genders, even if they want to focus on particular topics that are usually quite gender specific. Our experience at Shine From Within has been focussed mostly on young people who identify as girls (hence all the photos!) BUT we have plenty of guest experts in the training who have experience with other gender expressions (e.g. male), as well as a masterclass with a gender consultant. If you identify as male and are wondering if this course is for you as a youth mentor, please do join us. Just know that 99% of mentors who have joined us so far do identify as female or non-binary. We’d all LOVE to have you though! 

    It’s also part of our community guidelines that we don’t make assumptions about gender in our community spaces, e.g. the Facebook group. So when you come into our space and post something or comment, we ask that you don’t use terms such as, “Hey ladies,” or “Hi guys!” or “Thanks girls.” 

    You might come across some training videos in the course where I still talk about ‘girls’ – we’re slowly updating everything to make it all gender neutral. It’s a process, as is unlearning the gender binary! Something we can all work on together to ensure safe and inclusive spaces for the young people we support. 

    Will I be able to run Shine From Within programs at the end of the Youth Mentor Training?

    No.  This course will provide you with the tools and knowledge to create your own wonderful programs.   A licensing program for people wanting to run Shine From Within programs, with all of our content, scripts, outlines, teacher tools, etc is in development and, at this stage, will be by invite-only to people who have completed this Youth Mentor Training and stand out.  We try to be super generous though and you do receive lots of examples, to create your own! We’ve recently added complete lesson plans to the Coterie as well, which is the 3 month business incubator that you go into as soon as you graduate (all free). 

    I’m afraid that I’m too old or too young to work with young people.  Is there an age-limit for your course?

    No there is no age limit.  We have met incredible youth presenters in their 60’s and incredible youth presenters in their early 20’s.  Both have wonderful advantages and we’ll help you hone in on authentic ways for you to personally connect with your students.  So far our youth mentors range in age from 16 – 65.

    Do you have a refund policy?

    Yes! We have a 30 Day Refund policy, which means you can do the first 2 modules and if you find that this is not what you signed up for and you can prove you’ve done all the work, we’ll gladly refund your money, less a $200 administration fee.  In order to receive a refund, you will need to submit proof of completing the work and your worksheets within this 30 day period for our assessment.  Once this 30 day period has passed, there will be no refunds issued.  The 30 Day period begins when Module 1 is released, so even if you start making payments in advanced with one of our extended payment plans, you will still be able to receive a full refund, minus the AUD$200 administration fee, up to 30 days into the course content. The reason we ask you to show your work, in case you’re wondering, is because we know how valuable it is when you put it into action. We don’t refund simply because you haven’t made time to get into it. We provide lifetime access to the course and you can re-do the course, live like all the new students, every single time we run it if you want to. Yay!

    How much money can I make doing this work?

    This is totally dependent on you, how you like to work, the youth you want to work with, the type of events you decide to create and how much time you want to devote to growing your business.  You can absolutely make money doing this and you should (otherwise you won’t be doing it for long and the students who need you won’t have anyone there to help them).  Shine From Within is a six-figure business.  To give you an example and show you the scope, we charge $12 for a place at our Sisterhood Evenings and $1180 for a place in one of our week-long courses. There’s usually at least one student in these week-long courses that’s come along on a scholarship or been supported through a community organisation. The more you get into this space, the more you realise how many ways you can get paid – you can support students at risk while still ensuring you can feed your family. Sometimes we run free programs for local charity organisations working with youth.  We offer such a variety because it’s important to us to be inclusive and offer something for everyone.  One of our guest teachers charges $10,000 every time he speaks in a school (note: this is not the going rate to speak in a school so please don’t expect this for yourself straight up!) – the sky is the limit and it all depends on YOU.  One thing is for sure, it does take dedication, time and work so if you’re willing to dive into this head-first, have patience (it takes time to build trust in your community and grow your business) and give it all you’ve got then I have no doubt you’ll achieve whatever you want to achieve (whether that’s a side-hustle or a fully-fledged empire!). Every community and every person is so different so, once again, it’s completely up to you.  If you’re after a ‘get rich quick’ scheme, this is not the course for you.

    I’m a school teacher and want to run your programs in our classroom.  Is this for me?

    Potentially, and we’ve had heaps of teachers join us, but probably not.  This is not a school-based curriculum where you purchase the program and deliver it word-for-word in your school.  If that’s what you’re looking for, let us know. We’ve got something else for you. We’ve had quite a few school teachers enrol in this program anyway as they are passionate about creating their own programs to run on the side, want to get out of the education system and work on their own (or even want to create a program to run in their school). A couple of schools have even paid for the training for their teachers, especially wellbeing coordinators. If you’d like to chat with us further about this and whether this is right for you, please email youthmentors@shinefromwithin.com.au 

    How many hours do I need to devote to my studies?

    Approximately 2 – 5 hours of study per week is required to watch all of the training videos, complete the readings and do the worksheets.

    I’m really busy and am afraid I’ll get behind in my studies.  Should I wait and book in later?

    As this is a self-study course you are welcome to complete the course at your own pace.  You will of course get the most benefit out of the program by keeping up with the modules as best you can so that you can ask relevant questions and get extra support during the coaching calls as we’re going along.  You are not required to submit homework so it’s up to you to make the most of the training.  There is also an ‘implementation period’ half way through the program to catch up and start to implement some of your learnings (and enjoy some time off over the New Year period).  As you have access to this program for the lifetime of the course, we welcome you joining us to re-do the course every time it opens up for enrolments so if you get behind, we’ll happily keep you accountable to go through it a second time or third time!

    What kind of certification will I have at the end?

    You’ll receive a certificate in the mail once the course is completed highlighting that you’ve graduated from the Youth Mentor Training (including 60+ hours of training). If you’re a life coach, this certificate can be recognised by the International Coach Federation (ICF) as hours towards credential renewal in the area of Resource Development. You’ll be able to say you’re a Shine from Within Youth Mentor, graduated Youth Mentor, or similar. 

    What are the in-person events and what if I can’t attend them?

    The in-person mastermind events and retreats are optional, are open to all youth mentors (not just the current cohort) and are scheduled throughout the year.  They are not specific to your cohort and are completely separate to the Youth Mentor Training.  We’ll let you know as soon we have one scheduled in for 2021.

    Do the training days and retreats cost money to attend?

    Yes, we charge for any in-person events so that we don’t need to incorporate the cost of these days into the overall price of the training.

    Haven’t answered all of your questions? 

    Please email us directly on youthmentors@shinefromwithin.com.au to ask your question or book a time to have a call with Amanda here.

    The Numbers

    According to those who have completed our feedback survey…

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    Clarity

    100% of participants who completed the Youth Mentor Training now have more clarity about how they’d like to work with young people.

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    Tools

    100% of participants who completed the Youth Mentor Training now feel they have the tools they need to run their own programs.

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    Capable

    100% of participants who completed the Youth Mentor Training now feel more capable holding a space for young people.

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    **Note: every image on this page was taken at our courses and events, thanks to our photographers: Emma Newby, Kailani Tomkins, Bayleigh Vedalago, Chloe Horder and Moriah Overell. Except for the third image down (this was downloaded royalty free from Unsplash).

    If you haven’t found an answer to your question in the FAQs above or on this page, please email us directly on youthmentors@shinefromwithin.com.au to ask your question or book a time to have a call with Amanda here. 

    Giselle Pitt

    FOUNDER, LITTLE G MENTORING

    “I always knew I wanted to work with youth, to be some sort of mentor, I just didn’t know a program like this existed.

    That’s where I feel very fortunate to have found this program on the 11th hour (!!) before closing and took a leap of faith.

    If I could write a letter to myself (12months ago) I would be writing about the amazing transformation that she was about to encounter and how when she finished this course not only would she have a wealth of knowledge, confidence and sense of empowerment to do the thing she has always dreamed of but she would also become part of a bigger family and create life time friendships with an abundance of support.”

    We acknowledge and pay respects to the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we run our workshops and business.

    Shine from Within welcomes students of all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities, and all abilities. Shine from Within is LGBTQIA+ friendly. Please get in touch if you have any questions or queries about this – info@shinefromwithin.com.au.

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