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    Shine On! believes that developing self-esteem and resiliency in young girls will better equip them with the coping skills they need to resist the societal pressures they will face in their lives.

    Statistics indicate that 75 percent of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in destructive habits such as eating disorders, cutting, bullying, smoking, and drinking when feeling badly about themselves. Our curriculum was designed to decrease participation in negative behaviors by reaching young girls before they face the social pressures of middle school. We’re not looking to fix statistics; we’re aiming to prevent them.

    Shine On! combats these issues through three main themes:

    Media and Marketing Literacy:
    We foster positive self-image in young girls by demonstrating how the media misrepresents women and explaining how marketers make money off of their insecurities.

    Communication Skills:
    We help girls better handle peer pressure and bullying by providing proper communication skills that encourage them to be up-standers rather than bystanders.

    Character Strengths
    We expose girls to the skills needed to overcome obstacles and be successful by introducing them to seven character strengths: grit, zest, optimism, willpower, gratitude, social intelligence, and curiosity.

  • 2019 Spring Conference

    The SHINE ON! CONFERENCE will be Saturday, April 6th though Sunday, April 7th. Drop off will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the dance show for parents will be on Sunday at 9 a.m. Pick up will follow the dance show at 9:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

    Only the registered parent or guardian will be able to pick up the child and they will need to have and ID present at pick up.

    We would like to remind you to send your girls with sneakers, towels and NO TECHNOLOGY please.



  • Workshops and Outreach Programs

    Health for Her
    Does fast food sometimes seem like the only answer at the end of a hectic day? Would a bad day at school have your daughter reaching for chocolate or other junk food? This workshop aims to educate girls about healthier food and the impact of their choices. Find out how a nutritious and healthy smoothie can be delicious!

    Girls Grow with STEM
    This workshop shows young girls they can become involved the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This activity is a crowd favorite that conveys to girls how STEM fields are both fun and important.

    Are your daughters talking about making social media pages? Are Instagram and Snapchat already part of their lives? Are you concerned about social media safety or how social media may affect their confidence? This workshop teaches girls how social media can be hurtful, how to be safe using it, and drives home the idea that girls shouldn’t compare their behind-the-scenes to somebody else’s highlight reel. Social media is an inevitable part of our world today and it’s important that we make sure young girls are using it safely and without weakening their self-esteem.

    What A Girl Wants, What A Girl Needs
    These days, the world is filled with kids who would rather play on their iPads than play outside. For many, if they don’t have designer jeans, they don’t want them at all and getting homework done before hanging out with their friends is often a struggle. The goal of this workshop is to teach girls how marketers exploit materialism. By examining the concept of "needs vs. wants," girls learn that things that make us happy are not necessarily things that cost money. Through this engaging workshop, the girls will participate in our group activity that takes them to outer space and will prompt further discussion to help them consider the relationship between consumer goods and happiness.

    Why I Shine
    We expose girls to the skills needed to overcome obstacles and be successful by introducing them to the seven KIPP character strengths: grit, zest, optimism, willpower, gratitude, social intelligence, and curiosity.

    Girls Rock!
    Has your daughter ever thought she couldn’t do something, but felt great when she finally accomplished it? Your daughter will learn how trying something scary is the first step to success and building a strong self. Through rock climbing she can learn a brand new skill to develop confidence in herself!

    Pool Olympics
    Pool time this year will be silly water games to have fun and work in teams. Please remember to bring a bathing suit and towel.

  • Committee Members

    Meet the 2017-2018 Committee!

    Imani Burroughs

    Meet Imani: Hello Everyone! My name is Imani. I am the Chair/President for Shine On! I am a Public Relations and Journalism major. I am a SUNY Plattsburgh cheerleader, a dancer for Jedi Dance Productions, PR for Club Caribbean and the Social Media Intern for the College and more!

    Why I Shine: I shine because I grab life by the horns. I don’t wait for chances to come to me, I make them and then take them!

    Fun Fact: I throw parties for my puppy’s birthday with cake, homemade meals and guests.

    Inspirational Quote: If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” - Maya Angelou ​

    Madison Winters

    Meet Madison: My name is Madison Winters, I'm a senior from Whitehall N.Y. My majors are newspaper journalism and public relations and this is my second semester on the committee.

    Why I Shine: I shine because of my self confidence and my determination to reach my goals.

    Fun Fact: My dog's name is Olive.

    Inspirational quote: "The most important thing a girl can wear is her confidence."

    Haley Aubrtine

    Meet Haley: I'm a junior, nutrition major at Plattsburgh and have been a Shine On! mentor for the past two years. I am so excited to be a committee member this year!

    Why I Shine: I shine because I try to keep a positive outlook on life and encourage others to do the same.

    Fun Fact: I have traveled to France!


    Inspirational Quote: I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it"

    -Maya Angelo

    Liz Clermont

    Meet Liz : Hi everyone! I am a Senior majoring in journalism and minoring in psychology.. This is my second year on the committee.


    Why I Shine: I shine because I have a positive attitude and know how to use it to brighten up everyone's day.


    Inspirational Quote: " If you tumble, make it part of the dance."

    Kenzie Cavaluzzo

    Meet Kenzie: Hi everyone! My name is Kenzie Cavaluzzo, I'm a senior psychology major and I'm studying in Hawaii for the Fall 2017 semester.

    Why I Shine: I shine because I love learning from every person I meet, everyone has a story and it's important to never forget that.

    Fun Fact: I could eat sushi everyday for the rest of my life!

    Inspirational Quote: "We must not allow other people's limited perceptions define us"

    -Stephan Hawk

    Julia Delany

    Meet Julia: :Hi I am Julia! I am a senior Public Relations major and journalism minor. I have been a part of Shine On! for almost 3 years.

    Why I Shine: I shine because I am unique and confident in my own skin.

    Fun Fact: I studied abroad in Italy last summer and Ireland this past fall.

    Inspirational Quote: "Be the reason someone smiles today"

    Hannah LaPlante

    Meet Hannah: Hi, I am a junior Public Relations major with a minor in Marketing and Journalism. I am also a part of Marketing Club, Uke-A-Dooks and this is my first year on the Shine On! committee

    Why I Shine: I shine because I have grit and I am determined to never give up even when life pushes me down!

    Fun Fact: I love playing the ukulele!

    Inspirational Quote: "Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult, you may be given a cactus , but you don't have to sit on it" - Joyce Meyer


    Kristina Valentin

    Meet Kristina: My name is Kristina. I am a senior studying public relations. I am from Bronx, NY.

    Why I Shine: I shine because I use my leadership skills to inspire others to become leaders.

    Fun Fact: I just recently traveled to Cape Town, South Africa this summer.

    Inspirational Quote: "The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you've come."

    Shania Savastio

    Meet Shania: Hi I am Shania Savastio. I am a senior who is studying Public Relations as my major and Journalism and my minor.

    Why I Shine: I shine because I've faced a lot of hardships in my life that could've made me harsh, but instead it just turned me into someone that wants to help others reach their happiness.


    Fun Fact: I have a step sister, a brother, two step brothers and one half brother. I'm the youngest out of all of them.

    Inspirational Quote: "Here's to strong women; may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them."

    Taylor Sackett

    Meet Taylor: Hi, I'm Taylor! I am a junior majoring in PR with a minor in journalism. This is my second semester on the committee and I am also the president of Cardinal PR.


    Why I Shine: I shine because of my positive outlook on life and I am not afraid to be myself.

    Fun Fact: I'm in love with dogs and wish I could rescue them all.

    Inspirational quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world."

    Morgan Rugar

    Meet Morgan: Hi, I am a junior Broadcast Journalism Major with a minor in public relations. This is my first year being on the Shine On! Committee.

    Why I Shine: I shine because I work hard everyday to achieve my goals, and I'm not afraid to be myself!​

    Fun Fact: In my free time I enjoy running, reading the news, and spending time with my golden retriever.​


    Inspirational Quote: "Be the change you wish to see in the world"

  • Sponsors

    Although Shine On! is based at SUNY Plattsburgh, our organization benefits the community of Plattsburgh as a whole. Our annual conference would not be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors and partners.

    The State University Of New York College at Plattsburgh

    Plattsburgh Pediatrics


    Garrant & Sons Sanitation


    J Hogan


    The Development Corporation

    Ausable Chasm

    Donald C. Moore, CPA

    Tonya Beshon, Hairstylist

    CVPH Medical Foundation

    Huttig Nissan of Plattsburgh

  • News & Events

    Check out what Shine On! has been up to!

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  • FAQ

    When is the conference?
    The annual Shine On! conference will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018!
    The conference ends on the following day (Sunday, April 15).

    How can I register my child(ren) for the conference?
    Shine On! will open registration on February 10th 2018!

    What time should I drop off/pick up my child(ren)?
    Drop-off time will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning.
    Pickup time is 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning.

    Girls can NOT be dropped off prior to 9:20 a.m.

    Drop-off/pickup will be in front of Memorial Hall on Rugar St.

    What should my child(ren) bring to the conference?

    Bathing Suit




    Sneaker or Socks


    Sleeping Bag

    Sleeping map (optional)

    Your child(ren) will be doing pool activities and sleeping overnight, so please make sure they are properly prepared so they can enjoy Shine On! to its full extent!


    Electronic Devices (of any kind)

    Air Mattresses

    How can I contact my child(ren) during the conference?
    Emergency Contact information will be released at the conference.

    Are snacks and meals provided at the conference?
    YES! Snacks/meals will be provided at these times:

    Saturday Lunch

    Saturday Afternoon Snack

    Saturday Dinner

    Saturday Late Night Snack

    Sunday Breakfast


    Please do NOT send any extra food with your child(ren) to this event.
    *If your child(red) has/have any food allergies or intolerances, contact Shine On!*

    Can my daughter be placed in the same group as her friends?
    The purpose of Shine On! is to help all girls be successful in meeting new people and making new friends. For that reason, we will refrain from placing girls together by request. Groups consist of girls from different schools throughout the community.


    Will my daughter have to wear a helmet or harness when she rock climbs?

    Yes, the girls safety is our number one concern. They will be provided with helmets and harnesses.

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