SHINING achievements

SHINE was established in 2010 at John Willcock College in Geraldton, Western Australia. Now in its fifth year, over 200 students have completed the program under the guidance of its founder Mandy Jolley and her team.  

The primary outcomes of the SHINE program have been:

  • Improved school attendance rates
  • Students re-engaged in the learning process
  • Enhanced post-school opportunities
  • Positive relationships with other students, teachers and the broader community
  • Different ways of addressing key issues and events happening in the students' lives
  • Improved health and wellbeing

Many SHINE graduates proudly have traineeships, are continuing their studies in hair and beauty or are working in the region. 

With strong support from the state and local government, schools, local businesses and the community, SHINE has been recognised with the following awards:

  • 2013 Public Health Association Aboriginal Health Award
  • 2012 Certificate of Merit from the National Crime Prevention Awards
  • 2012 Economic Development Australia - Indigenous Economic Development Award
  • 2012 NAB State Impact Award
  • 2011 Milton Thorne award for WA Outstanding School Initiative for Aboriginal Student

But the best award SHINE can receive is the success and achievements of its graduates and the appreciation of their families:

"The program works, the program works. I talk about my experiences from SHINE all the time. I'm now studying a Certificate 4 in Community Services. Mandy, you told me in class that I would be an amazing youth worker. Well I'm making that dream happen.”

“I believe that if I was not given the opportunity to do SHINE, I would be a young mum or a bum. SHINE made me want to be something. I am now in my second year hair apprenticeship and I give all the credit to SHINE and Mandy. I one day will give back to Mandy and help others to become successful like me.” 

“You now have had both my girls in SHINE and being a single father, I could not begin to explain how much you have helped me out. My girls just changed. They became more confident, they smiled more and hugged me and told me I'm doing a good job. It's because you are bringing the respect back into their thoughts. Giving them what others can't. My girls love you as a mother and want to someday be a SHINE teacher just like you. All I'm saying is you have given them hope. I could never repay you for that.” 

 “Thank you for all that you have done. My girl was in SHINE two years ago and still talks about SHINE. We all believe she would still be on the couch smoking pot and not caring about anyone or anything. Now she is employed full time and loving life.” 

 “You have saved my girl’s life. My girl told me that when she wanted to take her own life, the first thing she thought of was her SHINE family. She told me SHINE has changed her life”.