Join our teen membership!
Right now the world is intense. There’s so much uncertainty and it’s hard (impossible!) to feel OK all the time. The Online Academy, by Shine From Within, is a virtual community here to support the wellbeing, mental health and JOY of teens during these times.
We focus on connecting teens with each other AND with international experts and youth mentors to get creative, learn new skills (from setting boundaries to sign language to bullet journaling!), build confidence, stay motivated and feel connected.
Our members identify in lots of different ways and ALL who feel called to join are welcome. Currently, they are mostly around 14 – 19 yrs old and live across Australia, as well as some members from India, Switzerland, UK and South Africa. The main thing we’ve found with all of our members is that they love having a space where they are heard and supported, without judgement. And they are curious…they love learning more about themselves and the world around them.
Members take what they need out of it – some love coming to everything, where we end up spending 4+ hours a week with them. Others pop in when they need a pick-me-up, someone to listen to what they’re going through or to learn something new. We also have members who just love to binge-watch the 50+ on-demand classes in our vault! That’s cool too! 😊⚡️
What do you get?
⚡️ New live classes each month on Zoom at various times (creativity, productivity, activism, wellness, oh my!)
⚡️ Facilitated by global experts (go from Stretching for Self-Compassion with Sarah in Canada and Bullet Journaling with Cassandra in Spain one week to Combat Study Stress with Belinda in Australia the next!)
⚡️ Weekly Sunday check-in group calls + challenges to set yourself up for the week ahead (yay community!) at 10am + 6:30pm AEST
⚡️ Weekly co-study sessions + co-art sessions to hang out and do your own thing, but with friends to chat with and work alongside at the same time.
⚡️ Instant access to the vault of ON-DEMAND classes (hours and hours of inspo + tools)
⚡️ All housed in our private online member’s portal
Parents: Hey there! We know how challenging it is to find safe spaces online for your teen to engage, learn and be part of a diverse community. This membership provides support, community and important life skills for your young person, surrounded by seasoned youth mentors, in a flexible format. Whether they’d like increased confidence, more motivation, support to set realistic goals, more fun and connection during lockdown…this is THE place to be!
Get started today with a 2-week free trial and then it’s just AUD$25 a month! Cancel anytime.
“[The Online Academy classes] have helped me understand myself and taught me tools to help me with all things in life; whether that be friendships, confidence, school, or anxiety. As well as this the weekly sessions are not just helping me set up for the week, but they’re also having positive benefits on my mental health, giving me a sense of clarity and helping me reset and start each week with a sense of tranquility and focus.
“I just wanted to say how awesome these workshops are! They are really awesome and I am so glad I am able to join them. All the topics are helpful! Thanks for doing them!”
“I’m just really grateful that the space exists, and that the space is geared to focus on the positive achievements of the students, as well as being so encouraging and supportive…I have more days to look forward to in the week now, more days where my ability to connect with other people isn’t always determined by how anxious I am.
I like that no one cares if my camera is on or off, or if I’m switching between both. And I like that my typing over Zoom is seen as valid as verbally speaking, that no one has questioned it as less.
I feel very validated in the Online Academy.“
We asked our members to anonymously answer how they identify and this word cloud was generated from the responses:
Register now and you’ll get instant access to these on-demand classes in our VAULT:
5 Steps to Become a Better Speaker
Learn how to be a better speaker from 17yr old Egyptian-American activist and speaker, Jana Amin.
Cool + Calm Yoga
Move, stretch, relax and refresh with this yoga class with Phoenix Cheung.
Activism, Advocacy + Purpose
Discover the difference between activism and advocacy and find your own path to making a difference in the world with Ishara Sahama.
Productivity + Wellbeing
Learn tips for wellbeing, productivity and studying (lots of great questions here about getting organised, exam prep, etc!) with Youtuber, Study with Jess.
15 Ways to Build Confidence
Figure out what messes with your confidence and try out these 15+ tips to build confidence with the founder of Girl Shaped Flames, Tanya Meessmann.
Join Mazoon Al Zadjali to learn how to enjoy the process of cooking, mindfully preparing a nourishing meal together.
Isaias Hernandez (@queerbrownvegan) shares an intersectional approach to veganism that advocates for humans and non-human animals.
Learn about how to take care of your skin, including a live demonstration, with Kristine Ross, the founder of Stronger by Believe.
How to be a Teen CEO
Join this class as Shaiann Hogan talks about being a teen CEO in her business, Shai’s World, which she started when she was 13 years old!
No matter where in the world you live, the moon is a constant and ever-changing focus point of our night sky. Join Bec Coldicutt to learn about the phases of the moon and how you can track this beautiful rhythm with your own rituals.
Hear an inspiring story of courage and the power of gratitude from Omani youth mentor, Mazoon Al Zadjali. One participant said, “Thank you so much for sharing your story. It really put a lot of things into perspective for me and it really made me appreciate everything I have even more.”
Have a miracle morning with this step-by-step guide to a nourishing morning routine. You might like to put this one every single day!
The Online Academy community is youth-led, with a Youth Advisory Board meeting monthly to discuss the direction of the OA. It’s powered by Shine From Within, who have been supporting teens and the adults around them on the Sunshine Coast QLD Australia since 2012.
The facilitators and support personnel on all live classes have gone through a rigorous application process, training and continued support and up-skilling. They have completed 60+ hours of our award-winning Youth Mentor Training in addition to the many skills and expertise they already have in their chosen fields. This is what they do. They have their own thriving businesses and communities in their parts of the world and must adhere to a strict code of conduct when facilitating classes for the Online Academy (we’re very protective of our members and we only invite facilitators who are equally as dedicated to holding a safe and inclusive space).
As well as our youth mentors, we invite special guests along and co-facilitate with them so that we’re always sharing new perspectives and learnings with the Online Academy members.
And sooo many more!
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Each class is facilitated by one of our trained youth mentors or a special guest expert who will be accompanied by a trained youth mentor. Each youth mentor has gone through over 60hrs of training to ensure they know how to hold a fun, engaging, nurturing space for young folks. It’s their PASSION and they all feel so so honoured just to meet you. Come say ‘hi’ to them in one of the classes!
When you register you get:
- New live classes each month on Zoom (creativity, productivity, activism, wellness, oh my!)
- Facilitated by global experts (go from Stretching for Self-Compassion with Sarah in Canada one week to Combat Study Stress with Belinda in Australia the next!)
- Weekly Sunday check-in group calls + challenges to set yourself up for the week ahead (yay community!). These occur at 10am & 6:30pm AEST
- Instant access to the vault of ON-DEMAND classes (hours and hours of inspo + tools)
- All housed in our private online member’s portal
Get started today with a 2-week free trial and then it’s just AUD$25 a month! Cancel anytime.
How do I register?
Follow the ‘start your free trial’ button and register yourself (as the parent) on the first page, and then your child’s details on the second page. You’ll then receive your login details (you share login details) and will start to receive weekly emails letting you know what’s coming up.
What is O-Week?
You may have heard of our O-Week and are wondering what it is. It’s a week of free classes that we’ve hosted annually (once in October 2020 and again in July 2021). Many of our members get started with us during O-Week and then continue on to become regular members because they loved the different classes and the community. We don’t have any future dates planned at this stage and encourage you to sign up for the free 2 week trial instead. 🙂
Is this a safe and inclusive space for me (or my children)?
Shine from Within and the Online Academy welcome students of all social, cultural, community and family backgrounds, and of all identities, and all abilities. Shine from Within is LGBTQIA+ friendly and all genders are welcome to all classes. We are always learning and up-skilling as facilitators and we value a variety of perspectives in the Online Academy, from students and facilitators. You can read more about our commitment to youth, social issues, the environment, and get a better understanding of our values as a business here.
We used to say that this was a 100% safe space but have learned recently through social justice and inclusivity training that it’s irresponsible and impossible to promise this. We can’t know what might trigger someone and we can’t control what other members say in this space. But I can promise you that we do absolutely everything in our power to ensure that we’re minimising any opportunity for harm and have not had an incident so far. We have detailed protocols, as mentioned above, to ensure that members can build rapport and feel comfortable sharing what they need to share and that if they share something that suggests they might harm themselves or others then, as is required by law, we get in touch with the parents, or relevant authorities, immediately (this is why we request detailed parent contact details).
Can parents or other adults join the classes?
Yes parents and mentors are welcome to join the membership or login with their child’s membership. We prefer to keep the classes feeling like parent-free zones so the young people feel more comfortable having open and honest conversations (if they choose to participate – they’re welcome just to attend and watch with their video off). So, adults are welcome to attend, we just ask that they don’t hijack the conversation and keep the focus on this being an empowering space for youth. For our weekly sessions such as co-study, co-art and the weekly check-ins we do like to keep these as adult-free zones, other than the facilitator, as we build report with the students over time and if a new adult pops in every now and then it’s hard for the members to trust them and open up in the same way.
Who are the facilitators and how are they qualified?
The facilitators and support personnel on all live classes have gone through a rigorous application process, training and continued support and up-skilling. They have completed 4 months and 60+ hours of our award-winning Youth Mentor Training in addition to the many skills and expertise they already have in their chosen fields. The Youth Mentor Training covers duty of care, understanding teen psychology, engagement in a fun, nurturing and supportive way, being aware of what to look out for with more serious issues and more.
Our facilitators must also have a current working with children check (or equivalent for their country and state), must have completed a number of implicit bias tests to ensure they are inclusive and self-aware and must abide by our Code of Conduct to ensure the safety and enjoyment of each of our students.
Our facilitators come from all over the world including Nigeria, New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada, Hong Kong, Oman and the UK and represent a variety of cultural and social identities.
In addition to our trained youth mentors, we do sometimes invite special guests to host a class. In this instance, they will be accompanied by our trained youth mentors.
When do we start?
As soon as you register! When you join, you’ll receive an email welcoming you to the community and with further instructions on how to join our next classes and sessions.
Who created your beautiful branding?
Oh thanks for noticing! A beautiful, talented, young First Nations designer from Newcastle, Jasmine Craciun. Check her work out here. Awesome, huh?!
How can I support your work?
Aren’t you sweet?! We have just started a Patreon account so you can register and pay for a teen to access the Online Academy. We have teens joining us from all corners of the globe during our free O-Week classes and our Patrons allow us to provide access to the Online Academy year-round for these students. Learn more here.
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The Online Academy is brought to you by Shine From Within – a teen academy established in 2012 in Queensland Australia.
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 and all genders are welcome to all classes. Please get in touch if you have any questions or queries about this.
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