House of Shine is a 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to help unearth and harness people’s talents and gifts for the greater good of their communities. We do this by exposing children (from all walks of life) and women (in all stages of life) to their SHINE (Strengths, Hobbies, Interests & Irritants, Needs and Experiences). We are focused on creating confident, engaged citizens by providing leadership programs for students of all ages.
5 Things Matter Most
Built upon the premise that each of us is uniquely wired to make a contribution, the shine philosophy works to help deconstruct where a person’s uniqueness lies and how he or she might best apply it. We start by doing a deep dive into the five things we believe matter most:
Strengths are recurring patterns in thoughts, feelings, or behaviors and can include things such as being creative, open-minded, persuasive, or orderly.
Hobbies are the ways we choose to spend free time and, when reviewed for common themes, can be very instructive in identifying our innate preferences.
Interests are topics for which we have raised awareness, but with which we do not necessarily get involved. They can include anything from architecture to politics, the environment, or racecars. Irritants are issues about which we care deeply and get bothered when we sense incidents of injustice or unfairness. That certainly was the case for Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, and Jane Goodall.
Needs are those personal values and beliefs that we most need to honor in order to feel fulfilled. They can be things such as: balance, structure, excellence, or openness.
Experiences are the series of good, bad, and indifferent events in our lives that have helped shape us as human beings. They can be as significant as surviving a major illness or as innocuous as being a camp counselor.
Then, we get students looking for their perfect point of intersection-the place where they can use their talents and interests to fill a big or small need in their community.
And community is defined broadly. It can be the place where you work, a team you are a member of, your neighborhood or school, the drama club or another group where you hold membership. You might even think of your community as the city, state, or country where you live. Ultimately we are all members of a global community, so the goal is to pinpoint in which corner of this big and vast world you will make your greatest contribution.