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...]

Tips To Help If Your Child Is Being Bullied

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I think the hardest part for my dad was not knowing what he could do to help. He called the principal but was quickly dismissed. The principal muttered over the phone, “Unfortunately sir, we can’t do anything to intervene if it happened via the web. You could get the police involved but we can’t do anything for you.” Even today, I meet parents who have asked, “What can we do if our child is being bullied?” This isn’t really knowledge people have until they are going through it. STARS wants to … [Read more...]

Overcoming Drug Addiction

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Success Stories @ STARS A truly heart-wrenching story that shows the extent our STARS counselors go to help students overcome the barriers to social and emotional success. A STARS Counselor recently told us this story … “I worked with this student on an on-going basis last year.  The student was using drugs heavily.  His mother kicked him out after he repeatedly relapsed on alcohol and marijuana and his father never stepped up. The student was in heavy denial and never followed up with … [Read more...]

STARS awarded Top Workplaces in 2014

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Top Workplaces in Tennessee 50 organizations and companies were recognized by the Tennessean this year as the Top Workplaces in Tennessee. STARS is one of them! We are thrilled to announce that this year we did it again! Two years in a row we have made the list of top places to work in Tennessee and we couldn’t have done it without our incredible staff! If you don’t know how the award works, it is pretty simple: the Tennessean bases the award off of surveys completed by the employees … [Read more...]

Vince Gill Benefit Featured in The Tennessean

With a little help from our friends - yes Vince Gill - our 6th event is coming up Nov. 14 at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum! Don't forget to reserve your seats. Make sure to take a look at what The Tennessean has to say about our incredible event that is quickly approaching! This is just a friendly reminder...We are only 22 days out from the show.  … [Read more...]

10 Tips To Help If You Are Being Bullied

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The first thing to remember if you are experiencing bullying is that you are not alone and actions can be taken to make things better. A lot of kids feel like they do not have any control and their only hope is the problem will go away on its own. STARS is here to reassure you that there are things you can do to take back some control (The Bully Project). What Can You Do The Moment It’s Happening: Walk Away: If it all possible try to remove yourself from the situation immediately … [Read more...]

A Gusty Move

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“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...]


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