3 – 11 July 2021

Join us for O-Week – 10 days of FREE classes for teens.

Connect with teens around the world and learn from global experts across wellness, activism, life skills, study skills, creativity and personal development. 

Last year we had 300+ participants from 27 different countries – let’s beat it in 2021!

The Online Academy is a virtual community connecting teens with international experts and youth mentors to build confidence, life skills, creativity and more! It started in response to COVID-19 with so many teens feeling isolated during lockdowns around the world, and so many of our trained Youth Mentors having their in-person events cancelled around the world. It’s youth-led, with a Youth Advisory Board determining the direction of the OA and the classes we have.

We launched last year with O-WEEK – 10 days of free classes – and it was SO MUCH FUN. So we’re doing it all again 3 – 11 July 2021.

“[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.

Ruby, 16 (member)

Just a quick note to thank you and your team for putting together such a wonderful program, full of important learnings. This weeks workshops have provided [young people], including our almost 12 year old daughter, with the opportunity to see that they are not alone at a time that is very difficult for some.

Ronit (parent)

Register now and you’ll get instant access to these classes:

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. 

Teen Skincare

Learn about how to take care of your skin, including a live demonstration, with Kristine Ross, the founder of Stronger by Believe.

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.

Mindful Cooking

Join Mazoon Al Zadjali to learn how to enjoy the process of cooking, mindfully preparing a nourishing meal together.

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. 

Veganism 101

Isaias Hernandez (@queerbrownvegan) shares an intersectional approach to veganism that advocates for humans and non-human animals. 

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! 

Moon Rituals

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.”

Miracle Morning

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! 

Our Community

The Online Academy community is youth-led, with a Youth Advisory Board meeting monthly to discuss the direction of the OA. It was started by Amanda Rootsey, Founder of Shine From Within, and features many incredible youth mentors.

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.


Jana Amin

17yr old activist + speaker

Tanya Meessmann

Founder, Girl Shaped Flames
Brisbane, Australia

Mazoon Al Zadjali

Youth mentor + speaker

Ali Collier

Founder, Energised Minds
Perth, Australia

Sarah Found

Youth mentor + positive psychology practitioner

Bec Coldicutt

Founder, Rebel Starseeds
Auckland, NZ

Phoenix Cheung

Youth mentor + yoga teacher
Hong Kong

Adefolashade Fadeyi

Founder, Brighter Girls
Lagos, Nigeria

Jess Holsman

Founder, Study with Jess
Melbourne, AUS

Sara Hicks

Environmental educator + nature-based youth mentor
Gold Coast, AUS

And sooo many more!

Our Partner Organisations

Mentoring is in Our Blood

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!

How does it work?

10 days of LIVE classes via Zoom.

Once you register, you’ll be sent everything you need to get started, including login details so you can see the calendar of events. You can then add each event that interests you to your own calendar and can RSVP so you’ll be reminded when the class starts with the link to join. 

Is this a safe and inclusive space for me (or my children)? 

Yes. 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 have guidelines in place to ensure this and 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.

In terms of privacy and cyber safety, we have clear guidelines and measures in place to ensure that members on live calls cannot message each other privately, that they are aware they can choose to have their videos on or off, that they can rename themselves to just have their first name rather than full name showing, etc. If you’d like a copy of our Code of Conduct for the Online Academy, please email us info@shinefromwithin.com.au  (being an online space that uses outsourced software such as Zoom for the classes, this document is fluid and being updated almost weekly). You can also view our Privacy Policy here. 

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. 

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.

What happens after O-WEEK?

You’ll be invited to join us as a permanent member of the Online Academy. This is AUD$25 per month and includes new live classes each month, as well as weekly check-in calls, co-study sessions and more. We do also have some places that have been sponsored so please reach out if you’d like to join permanently but finances are a barrier for you. 

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 us for O-WEEK! 

More questions? 

Use the ‘contact us’ bubble to get in touch or email info@shinefromwithin.com.au 


Get In Touch with Us

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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