Hey there!  We’re so excited to meet you!!

So, Who Are We? 

Here at Shona, we celebrate women from all over the world, those who succeed and those who overcome, those who lead and those who think, those who win and those who learn. We share our stories so that we don’t feel alone. We laugh, learn, try and cry together.

Figuring out who we are, and where we fit into this world is hard, and there are so many challenges; anxiety, depression, body image, self-esteem, boys, family drama, social media, exams stress, hormones, sexuality, relationships, bullying and feeling like we don’t fit in. The world (and Instagram) tells us we should have it all figured out by now, and that we should be perfect, which none of us will ever be. Really, we should be helping each other to be smart, strong and, above all else, kind.

When girls support each other, there’s no limit to what we can achieve

We know exactly how it feels to struggle and feel alone because we’ve been there. We all need to give ourselves a break, take care of ourselves, and of each other, celebrate each other’s differences, and support each other so we can all achieve everything our quirky little hearts desire.

Our Reach So Far

  • Almost 30,000 girls through workshops
  • 60,000 through our online SHINE event
  • 60,000 with our Survival Handbook for Girls.
  • 250,000 per month through our website and social media.

 

Meet Our Team

How Can You Get Involved?

The Shona Project is for girls, by girls. So we want to reach you where you’re at! This is why we have a strong presence on social media. We give you inspiring and empowering content that might even teach you a thing or two along the way! You can follow us at any of the socials linked below x

 

Join Our Community!

In September last, we launched our Junior Ambassador Programme, inviting schools to nominate a female student who has shown leadership, kindness and an interest in social issues to become part of our national ambassador programme.

Our Junior Ambassadors (or Jambos, as we call them) are invited to deliver a welcome address to the incoming first years and be advocates for kindness and inclusivity in their school. In return, they are invited to monthly online meetings, where they can meet inspirational role models, and learn about issues such as diversity and inclusion, equality, leadership, career development and a positive mindset. They can access mentoring and advice if and when they need it and they also receive a Shona goodie bag.

They are also invited to attend our annual Ambassador Summit, meet other Jambos, hear from a panel of speakers, and have their voices heard to play a part in creating the world they want to live in.

Find out more and nominate a Jambo HERE.

 

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Need Some Inspiration? Check Out Our Shine Festival Website!

The Shine Festival website is home to over 140 empowering conversations with some of Ireland’s most inspiring and authentic women.

Topics covered during these conversations include mental health, wellness, careers, the arts, women in sports and so much more.

Each woman interviewed has one thing in common. They were open and honest with us to show the thousands of teenage girls across Ireland, that no one really knows everything and no one is perfect!

So go on, what are you waiting for? Head over to www.shinefestival.ie and get watching.

All you’ll need to do is pop in the below password to get access.

Password: YouveGotThis!

Stay Up To Date On All Things Shona

If you believe in the power of The Shona Project, the work that we do, and the impact we create, we would love to have your support so we can continue to grow and create lasting change.

In order to spread the story of Shona and the amazing work that we do, we have started a monthly newsletter. This newsletter will share highlights and achievements, but will also feature stories and articles and other news that will interest girls, parents, teachers and professionals. We will include our recommendations for books, music, podcasts, TV shows, movies, self-care items, and everything in between.

The newsletter is our way to create a movement in Ireland of people who support the girls who we hope will grow to become leaders and changemakers. Our community will also be invited to monthly events, where we will hear from amazing and inspiring women who we hugely admire, all with inspirational stories to share.

You can join us in supporting The Shona Community by joining our newsletter mailing list by hitting the button below.

 

For The Teachers

Did you know that as a teacher, you and your school can get involved with The Shona Project in many different ways?

  • We recently asked 559 teenage girls across Ireland how they were doing really, and the research result were quite shocking. Have a read here.
  • We run powerful and engaging school workshops suitable for all secondary school students focused on kindness, mindset, resilience and confidence. Contact ellen@shona.ie for more info and to book in.
  • To celebrate International Day Of The Girl in October 2022, we had our biggest-ever event where we were joined by 17,000 teenage girls – both virtually and in person – from all over Ireland and created once-in-a-lifetime memories. Our online site, with over 140 informative videos on topics such as mental health, women’s health, women in sports, careers, the arts, activism and much more, will remain live as a well-being resource for the remainder of the academic year 2022/23. For more info and to watch the content, please head over to www.shinefestival.ie (Use the password YouveGotThis!).
  • Is there a young woman in your school who has shown leadership, kindness or a passion for social issues? Is she in 4th, 5th, or 6th year? Why not nominate her to get involved in our Junior Ambassador Programme? Find out more info here.
  • The Shona Safe Bathrooms Challenge:  We want to turn your school halls and bathrooms into a safe and positive space. All the details can be found here.
  • We have exceeded our 2022 target of sending 30,000 free copies of our “The Survival Handbook For Girls” to 1st years all across Ireland, but we can still send some copies to schools. All we ask is that the schools kindly cover the postage. Contact info@shona for more info.

 

If any of the above has caught your eye and you’d like to know more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Communications manager Ellen on 086 014 4728 or ellen@shona.ie


I have a beautiful soul, a brilliant mind, and an open heart.

I acknowledge that I am an ever-growing and always-learning work in progress.

I own my flaws, but I will succeed in spite of, and maybe because of, my weaknesses. They do not define me.

I promise to lift up other girls, to have their backs, to appreciate & celebrate our differences and to encourage them to always be themselves.

I will always be myself.

I promise to be kind, not just to others, but also to myself.

I will use my voice in a positive way and be a positive influence in this world.

I am enough.

Signed:

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