A virtual community connecting teens with international experts and youth mentors to build confidence, life skills, creativity and more!

Discover more about yourself and connect with other teens in this safe, nurturing and fun online space. Become a member now and 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!)
  • 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.

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)

Get started with a 2-week FREE trial! 

Are you (or your teen) struggling with: 

Staying on track with your goals?

Feeling overwhelmed and unfocussed?

Finding ways to move your body that work for you?

Feeling like you haven’t quite found ‘your people’ yet?

Would you like to: 

⚡️ Learn tools and strategies for confidence, productivity, friendships and more?

⚡️ Connect with a LOVELY bunch of teens from different corners of the world?

⚡️ Be part of an inclusive and diverse community with accountability and support to keep growing and shining?

Join now and you’ll get instant access to: 

Our VAULT of on-demand classes for hours of inspiration and learning across our categories: movement, activism, wellbeing, creativity and life skills. Here’s a snippet of the classes you’ll get instant access to: 

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.

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. 

From Strength to Strength

Discover your character strengths with a quiz and then learn more about how you can use your specific strengths to nail life! This popular class was hosted by international speaker and youth mentor, Samantha Thomas.


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! 

“These workshops have truly changed who I am.” 


“I am grateful for these classes as they have helped me find who I am.”

– Ruby

“Thank you so much! This was so helpful! I think I have some really good tips on how to be more confident.”

– Jasmine

“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!”

– Beth

“Thank you soooo much Jenna for the class. This has been really fun!”

– Aditi

Our Community

The Online Academy community is lead by Shine From Within founder, Amanda Rootsey and 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!

How does it work?

NEW Live classes each month on Zoom

These are scheduled in at various time zones to ensure we’ve got some morning and evening classes to suit allll the timezones as best we can. Rest assured, every class will be recorded and you’ll have access to these within 48hrs of the class being run live as part of your membership. 

Classes for each month will be decided on by our selection committee (we have a LOT of amazing folks wanting to run classes for you who will submit their class ideas) and in consultation with current members. We’ll always aim to have at least one class in each of our categories; wellness, movement, activism, life skills and creativity and diverse voices and perspectives to ensure it’s a rich experience for members. Our new Youth Advisory Board made up of founding members of the Online Academy play a huge role in how the membership is run and what classes we have coming up.

A weekly check-in 

Every Sunday we host two check-in calls to jump on Zoom together with each other, have more time for members to connect and build relationships and set our intentions for the week ahead. These are at two different times (morning and evening Australian time) to cater for our northern hemisphere and southern hemisphere members. These are optional – we know some folks love to be able to do this and some are very happy to just come to the classes.

The Vault

The Vault is where you’ll find all of the recordings of previous classes. Feeling like you need some downtime? You might like to watch one of the creativity or yoga classes. Feeling like you need new tools and skills to be productive? Select from one of the many classes on this topic. Want to learn more about naturopathy, veganism, environmental activism, skin care or anything else… we’ve probably got a class about it! And if we don’t, we’ll organise one – our members play a HUGE role in who we invite to run upcoming classes and the topics we cover. It is very much a ‘youth-led’ community. 

Is this a safe and inclusive space for 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). However, 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.

Can we cancel? 

Yes! It’s a month-to-month membership so you’re not locked in for any longer than you pay for and can cancel anytime. Just click on the big CANCEL MEMBERSHIP link in the support page to cancel anytime (do this before your two week trial is up and you won’t be charged a thing) 🙂

When do we start?

As soon as you register! When you join, you’ll receive an email welcoming you to the monthly membership and your login details. When you login you’ll see ‘Vault’ as an option on the left menu and can start getting into these classes. Every Sunday you’ll receive an email with what’s coming up that week and you can always check out the event calendar and RSVP to anything that takes your fancy. 

More questions? 

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


Give the gift of the Online Academy to the teen or tween in your life! Perfect as a last minute gift (it’s all virtual so you’ll have the voucher within minutes) and great for someone you’d love to inspire and empower, who questions things, who’d love to learn more about themselves, who you know spends time online anyway and you’d love to provide a positive space for them to access when it suits them. A casual space for them to connect with other teens on the live classes or who can catch up on some of the on-demand classes on a rainy day. 

Simply decide if you’d like to purchase the Online Academy for them for one month (AUD$25) or for a whole year (AUD$250). Once you purchase, you’ll be sent a gift certificate and voucher for them to sign up when they’re ready. We’ve always got amazing classes on offer! They can cancel anytime so once their voucher period is over they can decide whether to cancel or whether they’d like to continue accessing the Online Academy. 

It’s perfect for young folks aged around 10 – 18. Most of our members are around 13 – 16. Reach out if you have any questions – use the little floating bubble to get in touch or email us – 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.

Shine From Within® is a registered trademark of ABN 79216354231