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Our Mission is to support young people in overcoming social and emotional barriers through creative and innovative programs centering on prevention, intervention, treatment, training and compassion.
It has been a great year at STARS. With the Fall Semester coming to a close, here are some of the highlights from 2015:
  • Our Junior Board Committee hosted their first annual Meet a Mentor networking event benefiting STARS at Acme Feed & Seed in the Spring on Monday, March 30, 2015. 
  • We hosted our 23rd Annual Hart Golf Classic Tournament at the Golf Club of Tennessee on Monday, June 15, 2015. 
  • STARS spent the summer working on our new mission and rebranding with our friends at McNeely, Pigott & Fox.
  • We held our 7th Annual Cherish the Night with Vince Gill & Friends benefit concert and cocktail reception at the Country Music Hall of Fame on Friday, November 20, 2015. 
  • STARS served approximately 63,552 youth and in over 20 counties during the Fall Semester! 
Program Wish List 
Due to the growth and demands of our services, our clients are always in need of specific items from our STARS family. We would love for you to consider donating to STARS. Visit our current wish list organized by program. 
Cherish the Night with Vince Gill & Friends 
Our annual benefit concert and silent auction on Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum was a huge success! With the support of our donors and incredible lineup of sponsors, we were able to raise over $280,000! Vince Gill awed the crowd with special guests Corrina Gill, Will Hoge, and Charlie Worsham. If you were not able to attend this year's concert or even if you were, check out our photo albums for a glimpse of the night!
Kids on the Block 
Kids on the Block is excited to announce a multi-session literacy program that will be piloted at Shwab Elementary in January 2016! We will provide two six-week sessions with the puppets to make reading fun for the kids!
With funding from the Nashville Predators Foundation, we provided presentions to all elementary schools on post at Ft. Campbell. 
At Walter Hill Elementary, we spotted the Nashville Predators' Hockey Team flag hanging from the ceiling in the hallway! We are always thrilled to see our partners, the Nashville Predators Hockey Team, when we are out in the schools.
Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse
Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA) provides gender-specific treatment with separate groups for males and females.
We believe people can recover. We do not give up.
Gender-Specific Intensive Outpatient Treatment Programs
Services are free to youth ages 14 to 18 who are Tennessee residents and are uninsured or have insurance that will not pay for treatment. Length of program is based on individual needs. Our model is person-centered and based on evidence-based therapeutic models that are responsive to the particular needs of young females and males. If you know someone who needs help, please contact our confidential line 615.983.6809 or use our confidential referral form. 
Student Assistance Program
On Friday, October 23rd, Jere Baxter Middle Prep held its first Restorative Practices Conference. It was a huge success thanks to the hard work of Mrs. Renee Malbrough. 
Exciting things are also happening at Dupont Hadley Middle Prep where the STARS counselor, Ms. Sarah Cody, has been trained as a level two facilitator for Why Try. This program helps students develop resiliency, increase self image and academic achievement while decreasing negative behaviors, failure and suspensions.
On October 29th, 2015, students from all over Middle Tennessee attended the Youth Global Leadership Summit, hosted on the beautiful campus of Belmont University. Students had the opportunity to explore the concepts of Service Learning. This year the students collected and bagged items to go toward the following charities: Ronald McDonald House, Sole Hope, Haiti and Room in the Inn. The students also participated in breakout sessions throughout the day where they discovered their “WHY.”
On November 23rd, the Sumner County Health Department sponsored a program, TAATU (Teens Against Alcohol and Tobacco Use), a day long event to educate sixth grade students from six area middle schools about the dangers of alcohol/drugs and tobacco. STARS Peer Leaders from Beech, Gallatin, Hendersonville and Station Camp High Schools presented over 100 sessions that day. While there were other presenters, the impact that our STARS students made is what seemed to stick with sixth graders the most. Dean, 6th grader from Ellis Middle School, said he was surprised to learn all the different chemicals contained in cigarettes and to hear about the long term effects of smoking. Our STARS Peer Leaders will be presenting this same program in May for the middle schools in northern Sumner County.
Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Our Deaf teaching Hearing series, produced by students of Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, recently filmed their 12th video since its inception last year! The students have covered topics ranging from learning to sign greetings to deaf culture. Stay connected by subscribing to our Youtube channel.
This month's word at West End was "caring." A group of our DHH program's middle school students partnered with Metro Nashville Schools to show how they care by creating a drive for a local animal shelter.The Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing students were thrilled to be able to drop off donations and make a difference. Before the project, Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing focused on identifying feelings by using a local animal shelter as an example and the process of being in a shelter, being adopted and the range of emotions and feelings one would go through in that experience.The students were tasked with identifying each stage and each emotion throughout the process. 
Since August 3rd, our MOVE2STAND team has completed over 36 trainings in elementary, middle and high schools across the state reaching well over 5,000 students. MOVE2STAND has also provided two assembly presentations to help spread awareness of the harmful effects of bullying and harassment to students. 
"Wanna go ahead and thank the MOVE2STAND program. Honestly, I've never been to an honestly moving assembly. It's a good feeling that this isn't just a group that gets paid and gets it done without any thought or care into the actual situation. I appreciate the honesty and hard work everyone has put through into the community. It was an honour and a privilege to be a part of it, and I want to say thank you. Not only from me, but the entire school itself I think. I never thought there would be any individuals who put any thought into changing the world we live in today, and I sure was wrong. Thanks for proving me wrong today. Thanks for making my day. And most importantly, thank you for changing my perspective on life itself. The world is a much better place with wonderful people like you in it. Keep on doing what you're doing.” - Student in Roane County, posted on the MOVE2STAND Facebook Page 
Featured Sponsor - WSM Online
Our featured in-kind media sponsor 650 WSM online was one of many incredible sponsors who helped us showcase our annual benefit concert and silent/art auction, Cherish the Night with Vince Gill & Friends, at the Country Music Hall of Fame. We would like to say thank you again to our incredible lineup of sponsors for supporting this year's event! 
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