Grassroots Leadership & Professional Development

Ending exploitation by building a network of survivor owned and operated businesses


By…Nurturing Personal Power


she remembered who she was…

and EVERYTHING changed!

Exiting the commercial sex trade and abusive environments safely with a plan can be hard to navigate alone. Our team of professionals guides women to discover their talents and create job skills. We teach women every step of leadership development, professional work habits and the business world to ensure they can build a new life they love.

Shyne is San Diego’s premier provider for survivors leadership and business development program. Our Responsive Programming Model is designed for every member in our community to engage in improving survivors access to income. Shyne believes small business and grassroots leadership development are the most effective long term solutions for women’s economic strength. By working together we are able to achieve optimal outcomes.

We look forward to the journey ahead and hope you will join us in our quest to support women’s economic equity today. Keep Shyning!

By…Self Sufficiency through Business & Leadership


Our Programs

Personal improvement is a first step in discovering new possibilities for success. Our responsive program model is designed to give each woman the opportunity to choose her own journey forward. Sign up for a class today to do more than survive, it’s time to Shyne!


Photographic memoirs classes

Our photographic memoirs classes give survivors creatively expressive ways to tell their stories through photography and writing. You will learn about photography as a business, writing styles, authorship, publishing, and blogs. This class is welcome to women at any place along their journey out of the commercial sex trade. 

Business fundamentals & Leadership

Our Business Fundamentals program was created in response to our commUNITY needs. The program provides essential knowledge on key areas of the business, career and professional development.

Along the way our team of professionals instruct survivors on developing a solid plan for their personal career paths. Business Fundamentals is the first step towards accessing our Business & Leadership Development Program (by invite only).

Shyne’s Business & Leadership Development program is currently FULL for 2019.

If you’re interested in registering for new business classes as they are offered please fill out our Biz Application below


Business Survey

Community providers and sex industry survivors are encouraged to take our short Biz Survey (link below). We appreciate your feedback on business development key areas of interest for survivor business, career and leadership needs. This allows us to focus our program design and deliver the quality workshops you need to succeed.


By…Access to a commUNITY Network


Our vision is for every survivor to follow her dreams for a meaningful career where she is valued and inspired to live her best life!


commUNITY Partners



Victory Garden Sanctuary 501(c)3 is a Beautiful Haven for those coming from human trafficking & cults. Ensuring a successful future for our guests, we use interpersonal communication & vocational training to encourage a career. All mental & physical healthcare programs are professionally developed using traditional & alternative methods of therapy. The end goal is for our guests to live as happy, active & responsible citizens.



The goldin institute: gather

The Goldin Institute builds grassroots partnerships for global change that are rooted in the power of communities working together to build their own solutions and determine their own future. We help communities achieve their goals through a combination of online and on the ground initiatives focused on addressing poverty alleviation, environmental sustainability, women's leadership, and conflict resolution.

GATHER is an new APP available on tablets. GATHER is a 16-week curricula focusing global community leaders on gathering to learn grassroots leadership, advocacy and community organizing. Shyne San Diego’s visionary & co-founder Cynthia Sullivan is one of the inaugural GATHER fellows connecting 20 individuals from 16 countries around the world. Together exuding the strength of diversity in bringing changes to local communities worldwide.



Alabaster Jar Project

We exist to help women experience spiritual, physical, mental and emotional healing. We do this by providing a safe living environment along with an array of support services and educational opportunities. Alabaster Jar Project partners with Shyne San Diego for Project SEEN and Business Fundamentals courses to support women in their transition to economic independence.


Michele Zousmer Photography

Michele Zousmer is a visual storyteller and visual advocate. She believes the visual image is a powerful tool that creates a lasting impression of emotion, curiosity, caring and ultimately hope and humanity. Photographs illustrate life in a way that words cannot. She hopes her work inspires others to see we all matter and to care more profoundly. Michele co-facilitates and directs Project SEEN Photographic Memoirs Course at Shyne San Diego since we began. She’s an absolute gem.


Publishing Partner

Bethany Kelly is publishing partner providing authors with an array of services depending on where in the process you are at and what your needs are. She is a creative director, content developer, strategist and production manager. Publishing Partner supports survivors through Project SEEN and Shyne San Diego publishing products.


Mission Edge

Mission Edge provides nonprofit and social enterprise communities with the resources and knowledge necessary to make business processes easier and maximize social impact. If your organization is looking to outsource business activities, gain a better understanding of best practices, or tap into expertise in the community, Mission Edge offers solutions!



Lady Adalyn Princess Room

Telling your story through the art of imagery can be magically done through graphic design, photo enhancement, and photography. Lady Adalyn supports her clients with story telling for their events, marketing campaigns, and websites. The Princess Room offers women a place where they can receive the royal treatment and playfully express themselves complete with photography packages.


By…commUNITY Driven Social Change

become a part of our grassroots team

Shyne San Diego relies on our commUNITY volunteers to support exploited and abused women in their personal and professional growth opportunities. Come join a volunteer training and learn to provide survivors with the gift of your time, talent and treasures.

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