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.




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* 4 month online course that will give you the tools to nurture, mentor and hold 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.  

We are global leaders in supporting the people who support youth and are on a mission to ensure every young person has a mentor.

Hundreds of people from all over the world, including Nigeria, China, Ireland, UK, France, Belgium, USA, Canada, Malaysia, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Oman, Tanzania, Vietnam, Spain, India, Dubai, Nepal and more have completed the Youth Mentor Training since it launched in 2016. 

Let’s help teens together!

Pinar O'Connor



“When I first come across Amanda’s work with young people, my heart was whispering me, you find the right mentor to learn with. Although life had other plans for me, so it took me another 4 years to finally start my Youth Mentor Training with her.

Despite the fact I was familiar with the field, and have done years of work with hundreds of children and adolescents, I listened to my heart and signed up for the training…It was one of the best decisions I made so far in my mentorship journey. 

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 a 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.”

Graduated October, 2021

Kahlia Jaskiewicz



“This course gave me clarity on the direction I wanted to take and built my confidence to make the leap into becoming a Youth Mentor. Take the leap! This program will give you an excellent foundation to build from.”

Graduated October, 2021

Adefolashade Fadeyi



“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!”

Fola is now an additional support coach for us, so you’ll get to meet her in the training. 

Jeanette Buchanan



“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



“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



“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



“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. ”

Why is this work so important?

⚡️ Globally, one in six people are aged 10-19 years. That’s 1.2 BILLION young people – more than ever.

⚡️ Half of all mental health conditions start by 14 years of age but most cases are undetected and untreated.

⚡️ Depression is one of the leading causes of illness and disability among adolescents globally and 29.9% of young people have experienced suicidal ideation.

⚡️ Some of the impacts of COVID-19 on young people 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.

[ Sources: World Health Organisation factsheet on adolescent mental health 2021; UK Youth Covid-19 Impact Report 2020; Journal of Adolescent 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 scrutiny and comparisonitis 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 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 brave and nurturing 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. We don’t have to have all the answers, we just need to be there.

Discover your Youth Mentor Archetype!

We only open up our Youth Mentor Training twice a year. In the meantime, register your interest and download our free eBook to discover if running your own programs for youth will light you up!   You’ll also discover your Youth Mentor Archetype.  Are you a wellness warrior, natural educator, inspiration afficianado, motivational speaker or mama bear?  Find out now!

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. Read our commitment here. 

Shine From Within® and Shine On The Inside® are registered trademarks of Amanda Rootsey T/A Shine From Within ABN 79216354231

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Email us here: youthmentors@shinefromwithin.com.au