York & Friends Art Benefit for STARS!

Creason Clayton, York & Friends Fine Art Gallery, Nashville, TN

Friend of STARS, artist and gallery owner Ron York is using his third anniversary gallery celebration as a benefit for Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS). York & his talented team of artists are hosting a free party celebrating also his second expansion and the day includes a special offering of the works of renown Nashville artist, the late Creason Clayton Saturday, March 8 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at his Belle Meade area gallery, 107 Harding Road, Nashville, TN 37205. York … [Read more...]

STARS & Predators Launch Bullying Prevention Campaign

Governor Bill Haslam proclaimed Jan. 20-24, 2014 as Bee A Friend Week in honor of STARS bullying prevention campaign.

With the goal of changing the world one friend at a time, Nashville Predators Player Colin Wilson joined Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) today in launching a proactive bullying prevention effort created by two middle school students called Bee A Friend Campaign. Proclaimed Bee A Friend Week by Governor Bill Haslam, STARS CEO Rodger Dinwiddie, also president of the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA), and Wilson shared the campaign plans of middle school students … [Read more...]

Come out on January 18th to support STARS and the beloved Nashville Predators!!

Colin and Mark tshirt 2 ReSized Web

Our good friends at the Nashville Predators have partnered with STARS (as well our friends at BeeAttitudes) to create a Public Service Announcement which will be debuted at the Predators v. Avalanche game on Saturday, January 18th at Bridgestone arena.   To help us celebrate, the Preds have created a link from which to purchase tickets with a percentage of your ticket price coming back to STARS!   Please be there with us as we debut our PSA!!  And, the first 1,000 attendees … [Read more...]

Keb’ Mo’ Opens International Bullying Prevention Assoc. Nashville Meeting

Keb' Mo' joined Vince Gill for a STARS benefit & opens up the IBPA conference on Nov. 11, 2013. (Photo by Peyton Hoge)

Creating Compassionate Schools and Communities Organizers expect more than 800 school and community agency staff members to attend the International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) two-day conference this year, scheduled for November 10-12 at the Sheraton Hotel Downtown. Participants work with pre-school through university students and all have the same mission to stop bullying. Rodger Dinwiddie, CEO of STARS Nashville and President of IBPA, has announced that the 8:00 am opening … [Read more...]

STARS Supports Vince Gill & Predators Nashville’s Top Philanthropists

STARS supports Vince Gill as Nashville's Philanthropist of the Year, here with Erin Daunic and son, Vince and Ron York, upcoming benefit art chair.

Vince Gill and the Nashville Predators Foundation, key STARS supporters, were celebrated on National Philanthropy Day by the Nashville Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals for their profound impact on the work of non-profit organizations. A famous Gill lyric was quoted in the presentation of the award, 2013 Philanthropist of the Year, "no matter what you make, all you can take is what you giveaway." In response, Gill joked he used to be a non-profit. Touched by the honor, … [Read more...]

Texas 91-0 Football Loss Isn’t Bullying

Demoralizing football loss isn't bullying says STARS CEO and International Bullying Prevention Association President Rodger Dinwiddie in this column.  Sports Illustrated Wire reports “a parent of a Texas high school football player whose team ended up on the wrong end of a 91-0 rout has filed a bullying report against the winning team’s head coach, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.”  It’s important opportunity during October’s national Bullying Prevention Month to make sure sad … [Read more...]

Compassionate Schools And Communities Impacts Bullying Prevention

*This column by STARS CEO Rodger Dinwiddie originally appeared in the Tennessean, September 29, 2013 Bullying Prevention and Intervention efforts will be recognized across the United States this October.  Activities and events will focus on helping young people, their families, schools and even our workplaces address the issue of bullyingemp and harassment. Practitioners, researchers and leaders in the field of education, psychology and social work continue to search for answers to … [Read more...]

Applications DUE FRIDAY, October 18th: Nominations for the Accepting Differences Among Mankind (ADAM) Award

Anneliese Barron, winner of the 2012 ADAM Award, of Best Buddies.  Vince Gill and Alva Duke behind her.

The ADAM Award was created by Alva and Mark Duke to honor the life and spirit of their son, Adam Duke.  Adam 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 Duke 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 annually in memory of Adam Duke to the individual who has … [Read more...]

Chair-ish The Night With Vince Gill & Friends Benefit for STARS

With a surprise line-up, Vince Gill in 2012 brought songwriter Natalie Hemby, Sheryl Crowe & Keb' Mo' for his annual benefit for STARS. (Photo by Peyton Hoge)

Celebrating its 5th incredible year, Chair-ish The Night With Vince Gill & Friends returns to the beautiful Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum on Friday, November 22 for a night of art and music with Gill’s surprise lineup of guests which previously included Sheryl Crow, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Keb’ Mo’ and Amy Grant. During the benefit, which helps Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) assist mid-state youth, families and schools with tough social and emotional barriers … [Read more...]

STARS named beneficiary of the 2013-2014 ALIAS Chamber Ensemble Season!!

Our good friends at ALIAS Chamber Ensemble selected STARS as a beneficiary of their 2013-2014 season!

ALIAS Chamber Ensemble 2013-2014 Season ALIAS Chamber Ensemble Announces 2013-2014 Season - STARS as a beneficiary!! Tuesday, October 22, 2013 ALIAS’ opening concert features music by four living American composers, including three women: Pulitzer Prize winning Caroline Shaw (2013) and Jennifer Higdon (2010); Kenji Bunch, whose music ALIAS has championed and recorded for years; and Guggenheim Fellow Margaret Brouwer. Adding a bit of contrast is an early Baroque sonata by ancient Italian … [Read more...]

Internet Safety Tips For Youth

Demoralizing football loss isn't bullying says STARS CEO Rodger Dinwiddie, also current president, International Bullying Prevention Association.

School is out for most Middle Tennessee youth and we wanted to revisit internet safety tips for youth. With less structure and more free time available to teens in the summer, Rodger Dinwiddie, CEO of Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) and president of the International Bullying Association, said there are several important points for parents and guardians to consider when protecting their teens online. “It is an interesting and challenging time for families with most teens on break from … [Read more...]

Programs Available By Special Request

Programs Available By Special Request   Organ & Tissue Donation Diabetes Childhood Cancer Natural Disasters Military Deployment & Re-integration … [Read more...]

Operation Life at Station Camp High School – By Kay Higgs

Guest speaker Phaedra Olsen, MADD

On April 9th, the 11th and 12th grade students of Station Camp High School witnessed 'Operation Life'.  'Operation Life' is a fatal wreck reenactment.  The opening scene of the play shows several students drinking and dancing at an after prom unchaperoned  party.  Three students intoxicated leaves the party and gets into a wreck with another car that just happened to have three of their coaches heading home from a game.  The students were injured but were able to walk away from the crash.  The … [Read more...]

News You Can Use – Join Us at Brentwood High School

STARS Board Member and Brentwood High School Parent, Tricia Spehr

The incredible Parents Supporting STARS Committee (P.S. STARS) of Brentwood High are holding another great panel discuss on the important issue of prescription and over the country drug abuse by teens in the Brentwood High School Library on Monday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Open to parents to attend, STARS board member Tricia Spehr, who works as a P.S. STARS coordinator, said the group has gotten together a panel of experts to help parents understand the warning signs, prevention methods and the … [Read more...]

STARS Names New Board Members

Nationally recognized, evidenced-based student assistance program, Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS), has announced the additions of new board members. Founded in 1984, STARS assists students, families and schools with prevention, intervention and treatment services addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and social and emotional barriers to success. Chief Executive Officer Rodger Dinwiddie named the following community leaders to the board: Bryan Edwards, President of … [Read more...]

Helping PeaceJam Change Lives – Student Scholarship Opportunity

PeaceJam Kick Off 2012 at the PeaceSlam, Belmont University

  Hundreds of students across the mid-state are convening on Belmont University’s campus January 25-27, 2013, for Nashville’s first ever PeaceJam. In partnership with Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS), these students will work with Nobel Peace Laureate, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim and first Iranian Peace Laureate in history. The students will collaborate with her to determine a peace project which they will take back to their community and it can be anything from bullying … [Read more...]

STARS ADAM Award Honors Community Leader

Annalise Barron, of Franklin, shares her vision for establishing Best Buddies TN.

Honoring the community leader who has gone the extra mile to promote “Accepting Differences Among Mankind” is the heart of the ADAM award given this year by Vince Gill and Kids On The Block founder Alva Duke to community leader Annalise Barron at the November 16th Chair-ish The Night With Vince Gill & Friends benefit for Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS). During the sold out concert, Gill helped Duke, who established the award in memory of her son, Adam, who was born with Downs’ … [Read more...]

STARS Partners With Nobel Peace Laureate and Belmont

Shirin Ebadi

In an extraordinary joint initiative, Iranian-born Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi was announced the partner for Nashville’s first PeaceJam working with Students Taking A Right Stand (STARS) and Belmont University exploring issues of peace, violence, social justice and oppression with a community service component. The announcement of Ebadi, the first ever Iranian and first Muslim woman to earn the Nobel Peace Prize, was made by Belmont University President Robert Fisher with STARS CEO … [Read more...]

Peace Slam Kicks Off STARS/Belmont University’s Partnership With Noble Peace Laureate

PeaceJam MidSouth Color Logo

In a groundbreaking initiative, an international Nobel Peace Laureate will partner with STARS’s middle and high school students as well as students of Belmont University to address issues of peace, violence, social justice and oppression with a community service project ultimately benefiting the greater Nashville area community. Under the Peace Jam movement, STARS has partnered with Belmont University to host Nashville’s very first kick-off rally on Tuesday, October 16 called a Peace Slam. … [Read more...]

Now Accepting Nominations for the 2012 ADAM (Accepting Differences Among Mankind) Award!!

Nominations are now being accepted for the prestigious “Adam Award” honoring the individual who has consistently gone the extra mile to promote the importance of accepting differences among mankind (ADAM) and will be presented at the newly merged Chair-ish The Night With Vince Gill & Friends on November 16 benefiting Students Taking A Right Stand. Two popular area benefits have been combined into one star packed evening as Chair-ish The Kids merges with the annual Vince Gill & Friends … [Read more...]


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