Our Program

Learn about our successful 4-Pillar Program


Our 4 Pillars are:
Educational Navigation
Early Childhood Development
Financial Well-being
Health & Wellness

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About Shine Together

Helping Young Moms Dream Big!

We believe young moms are capable of anything. We help them write their own scripts, giving them the resources and care needed to build successful lives for themselves and their children – and with the support of an entire community who’s got their back.

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Our Impact

Changing Lives,Two Generations At A Time

At Shine, we empower young mothers to complete high school, persist through post-secondary education, and nurture their child’s positive development. See how we’re changing lives and communities, two generations at a time.

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Graduation Rate

Over 85% of our participants graduate high school. This is more than 2X the national average for young women who become pregnant in their teens.


Minutes of Daily Reading

Our participants read to their children an average of 16 minutes daily, setting them up for their own success in school.


Children Meet Linguistic Milestones

88% of our participants children are meeting their linguistic milestones, indicating school readiness.

Case Study

A Shining Example

Like many of the young moms Shine partners with, Kassandra Perez had a main inspiration for getting through the tough times and going after her dreams. Her son, Jonathan. She has worked incredibly hard over the past decade to give him the best possible life.

Kassandra joined the Teen Success Program in 2012 when she was three weeks pregnant. She did not have the support of her parents early on in her pregnancy as she had grown up in a religious household. Fortunately, through our Program, she quickly found supportive advocates, trusted mom friends, and resources, including parenting support and scholarships for college.

Between graduating high school, working, and taking care of her son, sometimes Kassandra could manage just one college course per semester. Along the way, Kassandra kept in touch with program advocates and staff who encouraged her to persevere. In 2022, at age 25, she earned an associate degree for Health Science from Evergreen Valley College and an associate degree in Liberal Arts: Scientific Inquiry, Quantitative Reasoning, and Social and Behavioral Sciences from San Jose City College.

Shine is proud of Kassandra and all that she has accomplished so far!

Young Moms

Life Is EasierTogether

Being a mom is hard enough. Throw in demands from school and work and it can feel overwhelming. But you don’t have to do mom life alone. Shine is a community of experienced Advocates and other moms like you who’ve got your back.

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Help A Young Mom Shine Bright

We need your help to empower young moms and their children. Together, we can create economic advancement for families and communities, two generations at a time.

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