Shine Program Helping Battle Sex Trafficking

e-Connections Post Fr. Keith B. Kenny

The Shine Program, which is run by City of Refuge and was brought to the district three years ago at the request of Board Members Jessie Ryan and Christina Pritchett, was featured in the Sacramento Bee on Monday. The program is about equipping girls with the knowledge and skills to discover who they are and the person they want to become. It also hopes to offer girls new, proactive positions to construct stories of identity in which they discover a new way to speak about what they value and treasure in their lives.

Many young people struggle with believing they are valuable and unique individuals, and some also struggle to find acceptance amongst their peers and genuine meaning for their life.

Shine encourages participants to find the strength and courage within themselves to make healthy choices and live to their full potential. The program is not aimed at stereotyping what girls should be like or how they should behave, but using a holistic approach, it reinforces that every girl is different and has different strengths, qualities and skills.

Sharing knowledge to open conversations about the uniqueness of each person is a direct affront to the dominant ideas of what makes one beautiful. For more information on the program visit City of Refuge website. 

To read the Sacramento Bee article discussing this program’s efforts to empower girls and keep them away from sex trafficking, read more here