The SHINE program's development can be traced to a visionary plan initiated in Carbon County, PA in 2002, through the Partners for Progress Carbon County Child & Family Collaborative Board. The board's mission was to provide a network of prevention in Carbon and Schuylkill Counties. In partnership with early childhood programs - such as "Pre-K Counts," "Head Start," and "Parents as Teachers" - SHINE aims to nurture positive outcomes and combat the negative trends affecting families in Carbon County.
In 2005, SHINE was initiated in three Carbon County school districts. In 2007, with support from the Schuylkill Prevention Board, SHINE was implemented in Schuylkill County school districts serving students in kindergarten through 5th grade. In 2011, the SHINE Career Academy was instituted to extend the SHINE model to students through high school. The SHINE program has continued to grow within Carbon and Schuylkill Counties and now encompasses 15 Centers.
Since its inception, SHINE has more than tripled the number of children served and encompasses seven public schools, one technical school and four parochial schools. Overall, the program covers more than 700 square miles.
"What started as an afterschool program in 2003 to provide students with a safe environment to improve their studying skills and learn about career paths has grown into a model for afterschool programs across the country."
- Sara Hodon
SHINE students participate in the annual "Lights On Afterschool" event.