Youth STARS / STARS Program is a nonprofit agency providing comprehensive and innovative programs that serve at-risk youth and their families in the Maryland and DC Metropolitan area. Our programs challenge youth to envision and navigate a course for a rewarding future characterized by achievement, independent thought, and social responsibility through fashion, entertainment, education, mentoring and tutoring. Youth STARS's goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be reestablished that will give youth the commitment to follow through on path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.
Through repeated failures in the classroom and the development of destructive habits, at-risk young people have lost faith in the possibilities that await them if they are successful in putting their lives together. To accomplish this goal, young people must be in a caring, inclusive learning environment that promotes their best effort and reinforces personal respect.
Youth STARS is a program that is in direct response to the growing number of young people that are either falling through the cracks at school or are already entangled with the juvenile court system. The goal of the program is to identify youths who are going to have a turbulent transition to adulthood and offer positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. The focus is slightly different at each level but the goal remains the same; empower the young person to make positive changes in his/her life.
Youth STARS is designed to reduce implusive, high-risk and aggressive behavior; and increase children's social-emotional competence and other protective factors. This is a multiple based program, consisting of Fashion and Entertainment, including models, designers and performers,
Our program will be 6 months, focused primarily on at-risk girls and boys between the ages of 9 and 17 years old. Youth STARS mentoring programs will pair a youth with mentor. Group discussions, modeling, coaching and practice are used to increase students' social competence, risk assessment, decision making ability, self-regulation and positive goal setting.
The STARS Program works to enhance internal strenghts and resilience of youth in high-risk environments, to raise their awareness, and to prevent their involvement in substance use, gangs, violence and truancy through musicm fashion and entertainment. This program is designed to help participants become strong and healthy so they can make productive and positive contributions to society.
Trained facilitators from the community work with the families to cover the following topics: exploring and practicing family values, cutural and generational continuity, creating a family vision, goal setting, personal and famil resilience, communication, making choices, problem-solving, limit setting, anger management, wellness including substance abuse prevention and healthy lifestyle choices.