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About Us

Shine On! is an organization of SUNY Plattsburgh women dedicated to raising resilient, confident girls by teaching media literacy, communication skills and character strengths. These tools will better equip them to resist the negative societal pressures they may face throughout life.


Studies show that 75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in destructive behaviors such as eating disorders, cutting, bullying, smoking, and drinking when feeling bad about themselves. Our curriculum is designed to decrease participation in such negative behaviors by engaging with young girls before they reach middle school. We're not looking to fix statistics; we’re aiming to prevent them.

How Shine On! Combats These Issues

Has your daughter asked you if she can wear makeup? Have you seen her looking at herself longer and longer in the mirror? Have you overheard her talking about a thigh gap? Then click here to learn more about media and marking literacy.

Does your daughter know how to stand up to a bully? Or does she tend to bully others? Learn more about being an up-stander and communication skills here.

Does your daughter show gratitude or know how to be optimistic? Does she like to be curious and zesty, but doesn't have enough social intelligence to show it? Learn more about character strengths here.

KIPP Character Strengths 


Education Outreach



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