No Name-Calling Week

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No Name-Calling Week: January 19th-23rd of 2015 No Name-Calling Week was inspired by a young adult novel entitled The Misfits by James Howe. In the book, students organize a “No Name-Calling Day” at their school. This small idea motivated GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing to take the idea and make a powerful statement with it. GLSEN, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, and over 40 national partner organizations created the No Name-Calling Week Coalition. In 2004, No … [Read more...]

Global Observation for Human Trafficking

January 11, 2015 is the global observation for human trafficking. Thirty million people are trafficked for sex globally each year, three of those thirty million are children and 200,00 of those children are right here in the USA (Oath Coalition). Since December 2007, the National Hotline has reported 18,275 cases of human trafficking. Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery that occurs in every state. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control the victims for the purpose of … [Read more...]

Stand Up and Start a Movement

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Amanda Aron is a senior from Vermilion High School. In October, our MOVE2STAND program visited her high school and she shared her feelings and experience about the program. Stand Up and Start a Movement by Amanda Aron On Friday, October 3, MOVE2STAND visited Vermilion High School. MOVE2STAND is a program run by Student Taking A Right Stand (STARS), an organization committed to serving “schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, … [Read more...]

Need Holiday Cards?

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Having trouble picking out a holiday card this year? The Phoenix Club of Nashville has made it incredibly easy for you! With hundreds of different holiday greeting cards to choose from, finding a greeting card that fits your taste and style is easy! Plus, you can support Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) with your transaction! It’s an easy way to give back without any additional expense to you. We would love if you chose Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) as your affiliate non-profit this … [Read more...]

Overcoming Sexual Abuse, Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Success Stories @ STARS One of our STARS counselors shared a truly incredible story about a young person who is on the path to recovery from sexual abuse and alcohol and drug addiction. “I met this student her freshman year when I was speaking in a classroom about STARS.  Her presenting issues were a history of sexual abuse, alcohol/drug use in her family as well as her own abuse of pills and difficulty controlling anger.  She agreed to be in a STARS support group and through that experience … [Read more...]

Anne & Her Experience with STARS Deaf & Hard of Hearing Program

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STARS Success Story In 2012, Anne would soon be adopting a girl named Kerbbeh from Liberia who was deaf and living in a foster home. Anne did not have any previous experience with American Sign Language or Deaf Culture so she contacted STARS Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program to help her prepare for the arrival of her daughter. STARS staff worked with her vigorously for two months until she left for Liberia. By the time she left, she had learned basic sign language and enough skills to … [Read more...]

STARS awarded Coalition Spirit of Partnership Award

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Coalition Spirit Of Partnership Award Very exciting news, on Thursday, October 30th, the Nashville Prevention Partnership announced our Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse program (YODA) has been honored with the Coalition Spirit of Partnership Award for our work with Oasis Center: Underground Art Studio! We are thrilled to celebrate the wonderful collaboration and the work of our young people and amazing artists involved in the program! Each year the Nashville Prevention Partnership hosts their … [Read more...]

Lifetime Achievement Award IBPA 2014

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STARS' CEO Rodger Dinwiddie, had the honor to present Dr. Dan Olweus with the International Bullying Prevention Association's Lifetime Achievement Award this past weekend at IBPA's Conference held in San Diego, CA. "Long before there was a 'field of bullying prevention,' your commitment to protect the basic human rights of young people across the globe paved the way for this important work. Thank you for your wisdom, vision, and leadership for all those that have been served because of your … [Read more...]

Someone To Talk To

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Success Stories @ STARS Recently, some individuals shared powerful stories about how STARS has made an impact on their lives. It is humbling to have such an effect on these individuals’ lives. Story #1 “I like the fact that when you need someone to talk about ‘hard’ times you can talk to the STARS counselor.  I like that you can talk about your feelings...  I can now tell some people what is on my mind.  I am more open to people than when I started STARS. I was like a locked gate with no … [Read more...]

STARS Red Ribbon Week

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Last week, schools around Middle Tennessee came together to raise awareness about drug and substance abuse by participating in Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is a week long campaign where parents and youth come together across the country to raise awareness about the killing and destruction caused by drugs in America. Parents and youth wear red ribbons as a symbol of their commitment to live a drug free life. In Williamson County, Heritage Middle School (HMS) students were asked why they … [Read more...]


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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