The SHINE Program was created in 2009 to promote citizenship, sportsmanship, and build youth of strong moral character during critically unsupervised hours. The program has served over one thousand elementary students through after school activities, youth leadership programs, and community clubs throughout the city of Yuma.
After outgrowing the After-School Program, middle school and high school students wanted to continue participating in SHINE, but did not have a specific role in the activities. In 2015, the after-school Program added a Mentor and Leadership Training component for high school students that beginning in 2017 provides college credit at no cost. Students are eligible to continue participating in the Program throughout their high school career where they will earn college credit in a different course each year. The Mentor Program is the first of its kind in the City of Yuma that provides both leadership training and college credit. The Program was a recipient of a National Award of Merit and Excellence by NAHRO for its innovation and community impact in 2019.
In 2020, SHINE adopted the Boys and Girls Center located at 1100 S. 13th Avenue Yuma, Arizona. SHINE continues to teach youth character education, fundamentals of sports, and skills for overall health and wellness. Our Center is equipped with a STEM Lab, Art Room, Homework Room, Junior Room, Gaming Area, Library, Gym, and Theater. We work with various governmental agencies, businesses, volunteers and social work intern from ASU and NAU to provide the best after school experience for our youth.