While the Shimmer Sparkle Shine Project didn’t hold its first workshop until 2012, our roots go back to when the founder of the Shimmer Sparkle Shine Project, Ciara, was in middle school. Throughout middle school, especially in 7th grade, Ciara was severely bullied from her peers. The bullying was so aggressive that she would fake sick to come home or just bluntly leave school early in tears, because she couldn’t handle anymore bullying from everyone around her. As a result of her peers constantly belittling her self-worth she came up with the phrase “Shimmer Sparkle Shine” as a way to encourage herself to get through the day.
When Ciara went to high school and was able to surround herself with a new set of people, her wounds healed and she was able to rediscover her self-worth. Ciara decided that she wanted to make sure no girl felt the way she did in middle school, thus the Shimmer Sparkle Shine Project was born. In the summer of 2011, she started mentoring girls individually on their self-esteem. With support from fellow students, Ciara was able to plan the Shimmer Sparkle Shine Project’s first workshop in February of 2012. After much effort in the years that followed the Shimmer Sparkle Shine Project grew to become the organization it is today.
Read about our Mission, here.