We train passionate, nurturing folks with a calling to hold space for teens and tweens (like you!) from all around the world through our award-winning online Youth Mentor Training certification. The training gives you the tools to support youth in this ever-changing world AND build your own business doing it. 

And we need you!

There are 1.2 BILLION youth in the world right now. They all deserve a mentor. We need your help to reach them all! Get started on your youth mentor journey today.

Do you have what it takes to be a youth mentor?

Get started with our free eBook and 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!

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Amanda Rootsey, founder of teen holistic personal development school Shine From Within and coach to youth mentors all over the world, interviews experts about what’s going on for youth today.  From psychological insights to practical advice on how to hold a safe space for teens, it’s your short burst of inspiration and motivation amidst the crazy world of teens and tweens!
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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 and annual Youth Mentor Conference.

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.

“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


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


“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

 Become A

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.

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We open the training LIVE twice a year.

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.

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