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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.
We have a new look! 
If you have been on our website or social media channels recently, you might have noticed we had a bit of a face lift. We are so excited to share, with the help of McNeely, Piggot, & Fox, our new look! 
Cherish the Night with Vince Gill & Friends 
Our annual benefit concert and silent auction will be Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. With the generosity of our friends at athenahealth, we have moved into the future! This year, our auction bidding process will all be done online! More details to follow. To reserve your seat, please visit our website. 
Past Events
On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, we hosted the Legends of the SEC, Coach Pat Dye and Coach Johnny Majors for dinner and conversations on the porch of Jimmy Kelly's. To see the full album of photos from the night, click here. 
Kids on the Block 
Kids on the Block is off to an exciting start this school year. As STARS grows and trains outside the Middle TN area, all programs find their way to the spotlight. Kids on the Block had the opportunity to travel to Roane County and Campbell County following in the footsteps of the S3 Summits. KOB was asked to perform at five of the Campbell County elementary schools, talking to the kids about bullying. While in the schools, the troupe was joined by Campbell County High school students who’ve attended S3 Summits for years. One student, Jake, has gone through training for 3 years. He gave a fantastic perspective on the importance of sticking up for each other and building relationships. 
Kids on the Block is in the process of building a literacy program. This pilot program will be unveiled in the spring semester here in Davidson County with hopes of bringing it to some of the outlying counties next fall. 
Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse
We spent the month of September recognizing National Recovery Month. National Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible. At STARS, we want to be a part of spreading the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, that prevention works, treatment is effective and people can and do recover. To help promote the cause, one of our  newest counselors, James Bush, LPC-MHSP, wrote a great piece on how families can support a loved one in recovery. 
Student Assistance Program
We love to share some of our SAP counselors' accomplishments! Renee Malbrough, counselor at Jere Baxter Middle Prep saw a need for uniforms and she filled it! Renee organized a uniform drive and with the help of community supporters, the classroom was stocked!  
Lauren Dixon, Heritage Middle School, had approximately 50 students signed up to get involved with STARS at Heritage Middle School – 32 as part of our “Student Leadership Team” and another 17 as part of our “Rising STARS” 7th grade group. The students have begun to generate ideas for what they hope to accomplish this year. Potential projects include: Community work in homes of the elderly, generating ideas for Red Ribbon Week, starting an “anti-bullying group,” suicide prevention activities, and organizing food drives for homeless shelters. Way to go, Lauren Dixon and Heritage Middle School! 
Services for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
For the third year in a row, STARS held its annual College & Job Readiness Retreat for students who are deaf or hard of hearing at Camp Widijwagan. This year, the students had the opportunity to hear from college recruiters, participate in team building activities, learn about their rights and responsibilities as a deaf or hard of hearing person. Additionally, they were able to practice and learn interview skills for upcoming jobs or college interviews.
Special guest, Josh Corey of the Tennessee Titans and STARS board member, Derrick Mason, spent the day with our MOVE2STAND training at the Gallatin Civic Center with students from Gallatin High School. MOVE2STAND also visited Rogersville, TN! Students from Volunteer and Cherokee participated in the all-day event. Kinsler, a senior at Cherokee and former RMS student, said the program has helped her immeasurably. To hear more from Kinsler and other students about their personal experience, check out this article from the Rogersville Review
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