A Gusty Move

anti-hazing, bullying prevention, NFL, sayreville

“Coaches Key To Anti-Hazing: Knowing pulse of team touted amid New Jersey fallout.” USA Today, October 10, 2014 A Gusty Move To cancel the remainder of the football season for the Sayreville War Memorial High School (New Jersey) is a gutsy move. In this era of football fervor these coaches and administrators did the unthinkable. I don’t pretend to know the facts of this particular case of hazing. What I do know is that based on the comments from the coaches it appears that there was a … [Read more...]

What is the BEE A FRIEND Campaign?

BEE A FRIEND In collaboration with STARS students, Lauren Jernigan and Laurella Campbell, and the Nashville Predators, we want to challenge you to help to promote kindness and compassion by being a friend to someone who needs it most. October is Bullying Prevention month, it is the perfect opportunity to encourage adults and young individuals to be leaders. The BEE A FRIEND campaign wants you to join us! Be a part of the change, help end bullying and reach out to someone who needs a … [Read more...]

What is Bullying vs. What is NOT Bullying

stop bullying, bullying, what is bullying, what is not bullying

I hated walking alone. The memories still sting when I recall middle and high school. I’m twenty-three years old and I can remember every detail. Three girls, none of whom I knew, decided I was going to be the object of their “affection.” Like clockwork, on my way to the annex of our building, I walked what seemed a mile with three girls following along; one would hold her middle finger in my face while the other two would comment on my attire, face, or just spit out some rude … [Read more...]

Suggestions to Help Your Loved Ones

Alcoholism or drug dependence can be painfully hard to help someone overcome. While at times ignoring the problem may seem easier, in the long run denying it or minimizing it is more damaging to you, other family members, and the person for whom you are concerned. Individuals with substance abuse disorders often have a mental health condition at the same time and vice versa (SAMHSA). When this happens, it is classified as a co-occurring disorder. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental … [Read more...]

Guest Blogger – Brad Schmitt

Nashville Recovers, Recovery Month, Brad Schmitt

For today's blog post we have a very special guest blogger, Brad Schmitt! Brad is a Nashville based blogger over at Nashville Recovers, and today he will share a glimpse of what recovery looks like and some of the road blocks older peers face when trying to help motivate young adults  to start on a new path. This is his story.  The facilitator tried to warn us. "These kids," she said, "can be, well, uh, a little difficult." STARS Nashville started a 12-step recovery meeting for clients … [Read more...]

Nashville RecoveryFest 2014

Nashville RecoveryFest, September's National Recovery Month, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders

To honor National Recovery Month, please join STARS, as well as families, friends, and individuals impacted by the power of recovery, on September 27, 2014 at the East Park Greenspace in Nashville, TN from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Let’s celebrate and spread the message that recovery does happen! Why Attend The Event? Recovery is never going to be an easy journey. One important factor in the success of that journey is being surrounded by a community of support. Everyone needs loving and … [Read more...]

2014 Adam Award Nomination

What Is The ADAM Award (Accepting Differences Among Mankind)? The ADAM award was established to honor the life of Adam Duke, son of Alva and Mark Duke of Franklin, TN. Adam Duke was born with Down syndrome and although his life did not last long, his memory and impact on the world will forever be felt. In 1981, Alva founded Kids on the Block to both honor Adam's life and because she wanted to help kids learn to be accepting of each other regardless of their differences. This award is given … [Read more...]

September National Recovery Month

national recovery month, substance abuse, mental health disorders

National Recovery Month turns 25 this year!! To honor this important milestone, it is our hope you will join us as we celebrate those courageous individuals working a personal program of recovery.  Recovery Month isn’t just to promote awareness. It is much more. National Recovery Month promotes positive change in how we perceive recovery from addiction in all its forms. It is also about educating our community to overcome the shameful stigma of mental health and substance abuse disorders. The … [Read more...]

STARS Selected For Charity Tour of Homes

CTH 2014, Students Taking A Right Stand, (STARS), Nashville, TN

Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) has been tapped as one of the benefiting nonprofits of the 2014 Charity Tour of Homes April 25-May 4. Also a benefiting charity in 2012, STARS Chief Development Officer Erin Daunic said it is an honor to be selected again for the event which donates 100% of its profits to area nonprofits. Over two weekends, six days, with one ticket, visitors can tour 11 homes stretching from the lake of Fairvue Plantation to Thompson’s Station.  Tickets can be … [Read more...]

Monday, June 9, 2014 – 22nd HART GOLF CLASSIC for STARS

22nd Annual HART GOLF CLASSIC FOR STARS Monday, June 9, 2014 Golf Club of Tennessee Kingston Springs, TN ~~~~~~ It’s not just a day of golf.  It’s a young person’s future. This year marks the 22nd year of the Hart Golf Classic.  All proceeds raised by the Hart Golf Classic go directly to the youth served by STARS.  Last year alone we reached 80,000 young people and their families.  From our STARS specialists who work in the school buildings every day, to our trained Kids on the Block … [Read more...]


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