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For the third year in a row, STARS has been recognized as a top workplace in Middle Tennessee. Sponsored by The Tennessean, the 2015 Top Workplaces survey was led by WorkplaceDynamics with more than 900 employers invited to participate. The final field was based on more than 105 companies with over 11,900 employees responding. 

  • 938 companies applied to be surveyed.
  • 170 out of the 983 made it to the advanced level.
  • Only 69 out of the 170 had the data to support being awarded a Top Workplace.
  • Of the 69, only 17 others have won this honor three years in a row.

For more information about the companies featured visit

STARS staff came together to celebrate the end of the year with great food (provided by Big Al's Deli), and a friendly tournament of corn hole. This year's winner was Team 9 (Rodger Dinwiddie & Heather Edwards)

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Student Assistance Program (SAP): Over the course of the school year our Student Assistance Program saw 3,552 students, attended to 13,272 individual counseling sessions and is in 60 schools. 

  Kids on the Block (KOB): We are excited to share our newest project, a video series featuring our very own puppets! The Kids on the Block series will answer letters sent in from students across Middle Tennessee to tackle important issues in a kid-friendly manner. If you haven't already, make sure to watch the video and subscribe to our Youtube channel.

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Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students (DHH)  Recently, Than Win, a graduating senior from Hillsboro High school, and a student of STARS Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, received an award for the tremendous courage he’s shown throughout his life. Read all about it over on our blog. 

Our students continue to produce new videos teaching American Sign Language. Check out their most recent video! 

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Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA)'s newest group YODA-G, led by one of our amazing counselors, Betsy Moon, has had a great start! The group is tailored to issues surrounding young teen females dealing with substance abuse, addiction, and co-occuring disorders. Additionally, the program addresses issues of Trauma and Survival.

MOVE2STAND (M2S) spent the last several months visiting over 1,800 students at five high schools!

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SUMMIT (S3) held its' annual Diversity Day with Maplewood Comprehensive High School and Jackson County High School. Take a look at how the day was spent through the words of STARS Counselor and M2S Leader, Matt Gress over on our blog.

"On an ordinary Friday, at a school in East Nashville, I saw hope, compassion, and unity in a group of extraordinary high school students." - Matt Gress, STARS Trainer

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CEO Rodger Dinwiddie, discusses the stigma of alcoholism in families and how we can dispel it. Read more here. 

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It's not just a day of Golf, it's a young person's future. 

We hosted our 23rd Annual Golf Classic Tournament at the Golf Club of Tennessee on Monday, June 15th, 2015. We want to congratulate the winning team: Lissa Bradford, Evelyn Blackmon, Mimi Wallace, and Donna Byrd! 

Markeese (MAC) from our Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing program and Deaf Teaching Hearing series was recently accepted into Gallaudet University. We will miss you, MAC! Good Luck! 


2015 is a great year to keep up with us on social media. With special guest posts on the blog, tweeting daily, and sharing pictures from the year's events on our Facebook page, you won't want to miss out! 

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Make sure STARS is your affiliate non-profit organization! All you have to do is log in to your account & add us at the bottom of your account summary! Just type in "STARS" or enter 95043 to find us. 


Please consider setting up STARS as your “receiving” charity for any Amazon purchases you may make over the year!! 

You can use Amazon Smile rather than the standard Amazon process. If you do, 0.5% of your purchases will be donated back to STARS. Visit this link and type STARS Nashville to make STARS your affiliate charity! 

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