The S.T.A.R.S. Program, Striving to Achieve Resilience & Success, is a 12–15-week mentoring program that is strength-based, community-based, & youth-driven. S.T.A.R.S. assists court-involved and at-risk youth in identifying goals by creating a “pathway plan” and taking action steps toward self-improvement & empowerment by pairing the youth with a mentor that guides the youth according to their individualized needs and provides advocacy support to meet goals and connect them to community resources.
During the 12-15 weeks, the youth is taught tools during community outings and group sessions. Gwens Girls utilized their evidence-based “Girl’s Circle” curriculum to teach how to model excellence in school, community & family settings.
S.T.A.R.S. programming partners with local magistrates, schools, and community-based organizations as referral sources when a youth in need is identified.
The program builds the youths’ skills and explores alternative means of rehabilitation such as volunteering, leadership, and advocacy as an alternative to succumbing to arrest, fines, fees, placement, probation, hearings, suspensions, and a host of other legalities that can potentially prohibit the youth from grand opportunities because they develop a criminal record.