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Now that it's 2015, lets look at what STARS did in 2014!

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Student Assistance Program (SAP): biggest change for 2014 was partnering with MNPS on the Project Prevent grant to expand services in MNPS. Project Prevent is a Department of Education grant awarded to MNPS. MNPS is partnering with STARS to provide Student Assistance Program services and training district personnel in Restorative Practices. 

The KOB staff visited the Islamic Center and Scarritt Bennett for trainings about what life is like and the prejudices Muslim American kids face growing up in the US. The training will help better equip the staff for the 5th grade program: Respecting and Accepting Diversity. 

Inforgraphic of DHH summer camps
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Services for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students (DHH) completed their second annual College and Job Readiness Retreat. A total of 27 students (10 more than last year) from all over the state of Tennessee attended! College Recruiters were also present for the retreat and Gallaudet Unviersity (the largest University for students who are deaf) brought two representatives. MTSU and VOL state also attended. The retreat included activities such as interest testing, motivational speakers, the college application process, career panel, job preparation, budgeting and life skills along with much more! 

Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse Logo

Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA) is so excited to announce the program was awarded an $80,000 grant from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth (TCCY). We want to thank the TCCY for their support. The funds will help continue the invaluable services STARS YODA provides. 

MOVE2STAND (M2S) took this year by storm! In comparison to last year, M2S saw more students, had more presentations, and visited more schools!  

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SUMMIT (S3): much like M2S, S3 was busy helping youth across the state change their school climate. Let's take a look at how many lives were impacted by S3! 

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Sandra Schmahl

Sandra Schmahl, Student Assistance Program Director and Evaluation Coordinator at STARS, recently obtained her Master's degree in Non-Profit Management from Argosy University. We want to give a huge SHOUT OUT to her for this great achievement! You go Sandy!


We are so thrilled to announce two new additions to our board for 2015; Jill Cogen and Ron York! 

Jill Cogen

Jill Cogen is an accomplished hospitality and entertainment executive, a mother of three, and a wife of twenty six years. Jill has had the honor of serving on several philanthropic boards throughout her career, to name a few: March of Dimes, Pro Player Foundation, and Young Men's Service League. We are so excited to have Jill join STARS! Welcome to the family, Jill!

Ron York

Ron York of York and Friends Fine Art Gallery has served on STARS' Vince Gill Committee the past several years and has been instrumental to the success of the event. We finally convinced him to join our board full-time and we could not be happier that he said yes! Welcome to the family, Ron! 


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! 

Check us out on social media! 

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Are you a KROGER rewards member? 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" and it will find us 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 so that .5% of your purchases will be donated back to STARS. Visit this link and type STARS Nashville to make STARS your affiliate charity! 

STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand)
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