Learn alongside teens + tweens around the world from our youth mentors + experts in over 18 countries, about the things they don't usually teach you in school, including:
resilience + self-love
activism + purpose
climate anxiety to climate courage
friendships + relationships
yoga + movement
study skills + focus
productivity + money skills
+ SO. MUCH. MORE.
This week of free classes is running from 28 September - 4 October (during school holidays for many Australians, where we are based). The classes are being run at all different times by facilitators all over the world though so it's available to young people globally. Once you register, you'll be able to see all the classes on offer and add the ones to your calendar that you'd like to attend. You'll find the link to join the class via Zoom for each event there too and can add it straight to your calendar.
At the time of each class, jump on and join us!
The classes are great for anyone aged about 9 or 10 through to 18. During our pilot round of casual classes we had a variety of ages in each class and our facilitators are experienced in navigating what comes up from each student to ensure it's supportive and nurturing for everyone.
Each class will go for approximately one hour.
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.
While not legally required to facilitate online classes in this way, 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. If you would like more information on any of this or to see a copy of our Code of Conduct, please email email@example.com
Our facilitators come from all over the world including Nigeria, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and the UK and represent a variety of cultural and social identities.
During O-Week we also have some guest experts and influencers facilitating classes. If they haven't completed the Youth Mentor Training mentioned above, there will be a trained youth mentor live on the call with them.
We prefer to keep the classes as 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). During O-Week if you want to watch some of the classes to see what it's all about and get a feel for what we're offering, please keep your video off and leave the chats to the young folk.
*Update 28/09/20 after someone expressed concerns - as mentioned above you are welcome to come along parents but we just ask that you don't engage and dominate the conversation so that it feels like a parent-free zone for the students. We know that the online world can be a scary place and we know that these online classes are not for everyone. Please don't register if you don't feel comfortable. And as mentioned below, reach out to us if you'd like to chat further.
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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