The Youth Mentor Podcast

Amanda Rootsey, creator of teen academy Shine From Within.

Amanda Rootsey, founder of Shine From Within and coach to youth mentors all over the world, interviews folks about what’s going on for youth today. From lived experience stories to practical advice on how to hold a more inclusive and nurturing space for teens, it’s your short burst of inspiration and motivation to keep showing up, listening, co-creating with, championing and holding space for the magical teens and tweens around us. It's perfect for educators, mentors, coaches and families. Learn more at www.shinefromwithin.com.au read less
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Episodes

Supporting Young People Through an Aboriginal Cultural Lens with Louise O’Reilly
Apr 2 2024
Supporting Young People Through an Aboriginal Cultural Lens with Louise O’Reilly
In this episode we're joined by Louise O'Reilly who shares her perspective as an Aboriginal woman on how we can best support and mentor young people, drawing from her own lived experiences and past work as a youth worker. We talked about: Louise’s experience of growing up Aboriginal in AustraliaHow Aboriginal kinship structures bring people closer together and what we can learn from thisThe importance of validating Aboriginal identities, cultures and perspectivesUnpacking personal biases and privilege to be a better ally and mentorAmplifying the voices and involvement of Aboriginal youth Find the full transcript at https://shinefromwithin.com.au/the-youth-mentor-podcast   Connect with Louise on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/louise.oreilly.shieldandconch/   Tik Tok: https://www.tiktok.com/@louise_oreilly  Join her Inclusion Creators Collective here: https://louise-oreilly.thinkific.com/bundles/InclusionCreatorsCollective  NEWS!  We’re about to launch a Pocket Mentor Course to give any adults who have a teen in their world some mentoring skills to keep in their back pocket! Stay tuned! It will include latest insights on what’s going on for teens, how to support teens through challenging situations, when they might need more support and more! Leave us a comment if you’re interested in this or email me - info@shinefromwithin.com.au and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when it opens. Connect with Shine From Within on Instagram or Facebook. --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/shinefromwithin/message
Crafting Your Impact and Building Credibility with Wil Massara
Dec 9 2023
Crafting Your Impact and Building Credibility with Wil Massara
Join us in this inspiring episode of The Youth Mentor Podcast as we sit down with Wil Massara, a visionary social entrepreneur who started his journey at just 11 years old. Wil takes us through his incredible story, from revolutionising youth leadership with the Youth Leadership Academy Australia to consulting for governments and organisations, bridging the intergenerational gap. In this conversation, you'll discover: Wil's personalised approach to working in schoolsthe invaluable lessons he's learned along the wayand his top tips for building credibility in the youth space. We delve into strategies for creating engaging conferences that centre around the young people in the room, even with multiple speakers and large audiences. And he shares how he kept going, even when there were only a few people in the room to begin with. Whether you're a seasoned professional or just starting, Wil's insights provide a powerful guide for anyone looking to make a lasting impact on youth. Don't miss this episode packed with wisdom, experience, and a vision for the future. 🚀 Tune in and learn how to craft your impact with Wil Massara! You can find a full transcript of this episode at https://shinefromwithin.com.au/the-youth-mentor-podcast  Connect with YLAA at https://www.ylaaus.com/  And find Wil on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/wil-massara/  Find us on Instagram @shinefromwithinhq  Join Wil online at our Youth Mentor Conference in Feb 2024 - https://youth-mentor-conference.com  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/shinefromwithin/message
Helping Young People Deal with Uncertainty with Sarah Found
Feb 7 2023
Helping Young People Deal with Uncertainty with Sarah Found
In this episode, we're excited to share with you insights from Sarah Found, a youth mentor and researcher who has recently completed a dissertation on helping young people build hope and resilience in the face of ambiguous loss and uncertainty. With the ongoing pandemic causing unprecedented challenges for everyone, particularly for young people, Sarah's work couldn't be more relevant. In this episode of our podcast, Sarah takes us through her framework for understanding ambiguous loss and uncertainty and provides practical tips for increasing tolerance of uncertainty, building strengths, and using language that empowers and motivates. You'll learn about the tools Sarah uses to help young people recognise their strengths and move forward despite challenging situations. If you're looking for ways to support young people in building resilience and hope, or simply want to learn more about navigating uncertainty, this episode is a must-listen. We hope you enjoy the conversation and welcome your thoughts on this important topic. About Sarah:  Sarah Found holds a Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Positive Psychology (MAPP), where her dissertation research focused on the development of a framework and story-based media program to help teens build hope and resilience when facing ambiguous loss. Through her positive psychology and youth mentorship work, Sarah holds group workshops and creates online courses to help youth discover their character strengths and build mental, emotional, physical, social and spiritual resilience. Sarah also holds a Business degree and has worked in the technology industry as a leader in content marketing and team building for over 15 years. She holds numerous certifications in different modalities ranging from youth mentorship, character strengths and trauma-informed art therapy to youth fitness and mindfulness. A storyteller at heart, Sarah is also a published writer. She educates in a playful, imaginative way that integrates her love of story with her background in positive psychology, technology, marketing and communications. Her classes often leverage movie and book characters, expressive art and other positive media forms to help youth re-imagine the future and find the hero within during adversity. Focused on ‘second wave Positive Psychology’ - navigating the dark side of life, Sarah’s non-traditional approach helps youth learn to embrace all emotions and normalize uncertainty in a complicated world. Sarah currently lives in the Canadian province of Newfoundland, a picturesque island at the easternmost tip of North America in the Atlantic Ocean. She lives by the water with her husband, son and British Golden Retriever, Mr. Carson. Find Sarah on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sarahjfound/ or email her directly at sarah@thepositivepsychologyplayground.com.  And join us at the Youth Mentor Conference 27 Feb - 1 March 2023 at http://youth-mentor-conference.com As always, follow us on Instagram: @shinefromwithinhq  And check out our main website: http://shinefromwithin.com.au  --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/shinefromwithin/message