SHINE Festival 2021

Hold on to your hats people!!  Are you ready for our BIGGEST EVER ANNOUNCEMENT!!!   Shona fans will know that we love nothing more than to put on a big event! For us, it doesn’t get much better than bringing as many girls and as many inspiring women into one room as we possibly can!

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MASSIVE NEWS! We wrote a lil book!!!

We are SO excited to finally share our latest news. Are you ready! For the past few months we’ve been working on the cutest little book called “The Survival Handbook for Girls”. This book is has been lovingly put together by our entire team and beautifully illustrated by our friends at Vitamin Creative. The book

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Megan Thee Stallion creates Mental Health Platform

We sometimes forget that celebrities are just like us in lots of ways, and while Megan Thee Stallion is a queen, she’s no different. In her song “Anxiety” she sings that she’s  “a bad b*tch, and [she] got bad anxiety.” But in this case, Megan has really put her voice behind the issue, and she

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So, How Are we Doing?

Hey. How are you doing?? This is a question we asked hundreds of girls over the past few weeks, with the help of The Irish Second Level Students Union and The Youth Lab. We’ve been traveling all over Ireland for years, talking to girls in schools about how they are doing, how they feel about

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SHINE FESTIVAL IS BACK BABY!!

We’re back baby!!! Those of you who have been fans of us for a while will know that Shine Festival is our favourite day of the year. And it’s coming back on October 11th and 12th of this year, bigger and better than ever before. Shine started in 2018 with 350 girls in a small

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10 Lessons We Learned From Never Have I Ever

As the third season of Never Have I Ever recently hit our screens, we couldn’t help but nod enthusiastically about just how relatable so much of it is. If you haven’t seen it yet, get yourself over to Netflix and enjoy. If you have seen it, you’ll know that it follows Devi, who is dealing

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Anxious About Heading Off To College? Here’s How To Cope!

While heading off to college is super exciting, it can be totally nerve-wracking. In many cases, it may be the first time you live outside of your family home and leaving things that have been familiar for so many years. You might be moving on campus, getting a house-share or living in digs. Whatever your

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How are you Doing? Really?

It’s been quite a few years for us girls. And we’ve noticed huge shifts in how the girls we meet feel about themselves and the world around them with all that has been happening. We believe that there needs to be more support available for young women in terms of mental health support, mentoring, and

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Nominate a Neurodiversity Champion!

There are so many amazing organisations across Ireland that support diversity in all its forms, and one of those amazing organisations is Neurodiversity Ireland.  They believe that the world is made up of two types of brains, neurotypical and neurodivergent, creating a neurodiverse environment. At Shona, we love to celebrate and embrace our differences, which

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Grieving The Little Things – By Catherine

A lovely lady from our SHONA Community submitted this post in the hopes it would help anyone who is experiencing loss. Grief is a very difficult thing to understand or articulate and we felt that this reader told her story beautifully. Please read to the end for more advice… I have a box of Ikea

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Here’s A Daily Checklist For Heading Back To School

Going to secondary school is very exciting – there is a new building, uniform, new friends, teachers and lots of opportunities to try new subjects and activities. But it can also be a bit daunting, even to those who aren’t heading into first year. This year is no exception. After months off and a lot

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Find Your Inner SuperWoman With Our Guide To Identifying Your Superpowers

SuperWoman has super strength, Daredevil has extraordinary detective skills and The Scarlet Witch can influence anyone and anything. What are your superpowers? Follow our handy guide to find your powers and use them to kick life in the butt life.    POW: Superpowers STAR Model  via GIPHY One of the best ways to identify your

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Are You Being Bullied? Here’s What We Want You To Know

We all know bullying is an awful, hurtful, destructive thing, but it still can exist in every aspect of our lives, both online and offline. When people don’t know how to channel their sadness or frustration in a positive way, it comes out in anger, and can often be channelled towards one person who has

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WORK WITH US!! Fundraising Lead Wanted

We are recruiting a Fundraising LEAD We are hoping to recruit a Corporate Fundraising and Philanthropy Lead to join our team and help us to educate, empower and inspire today’s Irish girls to become tomorrow’s strong confident and curious young women. The Shona Project is a multi-award-winning national non-profit which was launched in 2016. It

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Ask Steph: My Parents Are Separating, I Feel Sad And Angry

Steph, our gorgeous counselling and psychotherapy expert is back to help you, our followers, out with some sticky life situations. Endings come in all shapes and sizes and can be super tricky to cope with. Our parents’ relationship ending is never really something we ever think could happen. This reader is struggling to process her

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