Bee a Friend

Nashville Predators Forward, #33, Colin Wilson, with STARS' very own, Mark Riley.

Nashville Predators Forward, #33, Colin Wilson, with STARS’ very own, Mark Riley.


Program Goal: Changing our community one friend at a time is the important goal for Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) who are launching this initiative during national No Name Calling Week, January 20-24, 2014. This educational and membership campaign is a community call to action–to spread compassion and promote empathy by reducing the sense of isolation young people feel when they are bullied. Empowering by-standers to stand up and be a part of the solution is essential to this campaign. The community-at-large is being challenged to reach out and be a friend to someone new for at least a year, with hopes of lifetime results.

History: Bullying is a complex issue becoming more complex as additional information, both accurate and erroneous, is provided to the public. STARS is a national leader in best practices for bullying prevention. It is crucial to the work being done globally around the issue of bullying that we provide accurate data and evidence-based strategies to address this difficult issue. The germination for the Bee A Friend Campaign found root February 2012 during STARS’s work with Nobel Peace Laureate, Shirin Ebadi when two Gra-Mar Middle School students conceived the idea of the Bee A Friend campaign which officially launches at a Friday, January 17 news conference.

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Become a member today:

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AND Spread the Word, Print and Post our Poster for others to see:

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STARS welcomes and will serve individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders. We believe that every door is the right door to gain access to appropriate services in the integrated system of care.

STARS does not discriminate on the grounds of race, religion, creed, color, sex or national origin. No one shall be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any of STARS programs or activities. STARS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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