Founded as the Honey Shine Mentoring Program in 2002 by Tracy Wilson Mourning, Honey Shine has grown in many ways over the last 10 years. In 2010, Honey Shine received 501c3 status as Honey Shine, Inc. Honey Shine’s mission is to encourage the balance of mind, body and soul in girls and young women by providing nurturing experiences that enlighten their paths and empower their future.
Honey Shine holds bi-monthly workshops, field trips, and a six-week day camp for enrolled participants each year.
The “Aspire to Shine” workshops offered to the girls in the program, who are affectionately called ‘Honey Bugs’, address life-skills lessons and educational experiences that involve: health, nutrition, sex and drug education, career mapping and education.
Workshops are held at a variety of South Florida attractions outside of the girls’ own communities to help them in the development of personal goals; self-respect and self-esteem; financial literacy; journaling; self-exploration and expression.
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Statistics show that children, including teenagers, with positive role models in their lives tend to make better choices. Important to the success of Honey Shine are the mentors who provide guidance to the young girls. Mentors share their personal experiences and help guide the Honey Bugs to a healthy and happy future.
Each workshop demonstrates the commonality that exists between all of us. The opportunity to give back is primarily the motivation for our mentors, but more often than not, they receive more through the relationships they develop with our Honey Bugs, who later become mentors themselves.
Expressive journaling is used as a tool for our Honey Bugs to capture their feelings and share their experiences. Journaling encourages each girl to document important moments in their development, which will later serve as memories of their milestones and accomplishments through Honey Shine.
Honey Shine provides a platform for young girls to develop their own voices as women. The program encourages Honey Bugs to break through stereotypes and helps them visualize their place in society as strong leaders.
Honey Shine, and the women who support us, are here to nurture the Honey Bugs — who are the most vulnerable and generally forgotten in society. These girls are often lost in the shadows, and with attention, encouragement and shared wisdom from women who care, they can aspire to achieve all of their dreams.