Learn about the founders, the story of SHINE 4 Education and where we plan on taking our vision into the future,
SHINE 4 Education was founded by a group of four high school students in Fresno, California during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The founder of SHINE 4 Education, Elijah Hernandez, began to develop educational programs in his hometown in 2019. After teaching 1000 students, Hernandez created SHINE 4 Education and partnered with RISE, Inc.
His team would soon build out as Haley Geers, Ruby Maciel, and Tiffany Lopez would join early on with key contributions. SHINE 4 Education continues to develop programs today and is bringing on more volunteers to join the family.
SHINE began with the concept that, if you can build a structured organization, you can make any amount of change. The original acronym of SHINE, Sending Help in Neighborhoods Everywhere, perfectly characterizes our ambition to make direct change in any setting we can find individuals interested in helping their community – which, for us, is everywhere.
SHINE 4 Education organizes accessible educational pathways through project-based learning, direct mentorship, and leadership training to prepare youth for career development. Throughout the course of the year, SHINE hosts many events, including fundraisers, educational workshops, and conferences, with the goal of ensuring a platform for participants and program accessibility.
SHINE 4 Education specializes in offering a new, innovative brand of education for the public. These principals embody the philosophy SHINE 4 Education has when creating an educational program.
Building SHINE 4 Education
Providing Students an Opportunity to Follow Their Dreams
SHINE 4 Education was founded by Elijah Hernandez. After creating educational programs in high school and teaching over 1000 students worldwide, he founded SHINE with the intention to give students the same opportunity he had to follow his dreams.
“SHINE 4 Education is founded on the concept that a student, if given the right resources and opportunity, can follow their dreams and have a career they are passionate about.”
Founder, Executive Director of SHINE 4 Education