When I was searching for gifts for a few friends this past Christmas, I came upon bracelets from The Shine Project. I thought they were very sweet and wearable, and brought them to the register without noticing much about the label. Once I got home, though, I visited the website, and became really interested in the project and story behind the company.
Creator Ashley LeMieux wanted to find a way to raise money for students who had few financial resources. At first, she turned to social media to raise money to send students to college. After giving 7 scholarships away, she realized she wanted to continue helping students in need, and went on to found non-profit organization The Shine Scholarship Project. Ashley took this project one step further by creating a for-profit business that could employ students so that they can learn business skills, and have a source of guidance throughout college.
Ashley taught herself how to make jewelry, and thus The Shine Project was born. The company has opened its headquarters in downtown Phoenix, where students can come after school to hand make jewelry. They are involved with every part of the process – from running customer service, to new product design and sales.
Soooo, yeah. This company rocks, and, the jewelry is affordable and super cute. I am obsessed with my stack* of bracelets [that I have been wearing everyday] – have you heard of The Shine Project?