STARS Nashville is changing lives with innovation, compassion and proven programming.
When we think of “stars” in Nashville, we think of entertainers and athletes. But there is another group of stars who shine just as brilliantly, but in a very different way. They are the men and women of STARS Nashville – a non-profit organization that offers programming and services for children in grades K-12 throughout Middle Tennessee.
STARS supports young people through the social and emotional barriers they face, offering programs addressing issues such as bullying, substance abuse and violence. STARS is also an important national resource for training and professional consultation.
“Some of the most important work happening in our city is the unsung, day-to-day work done by teachers and counselors who work with young people facing barriers to healthy development,” says STARS CEO, Rodger Dinwiddie.
“We’ve seen tremendous success over our past 30 years in the human services industry and are excited to continue growing throughout the state. We have expanded from having one program in 1984 to transforming into a mental/behavioral health agency with five award-winning, evidence-based programs.”
STARS five programs are offered in nine counties and more than 160 school and community sites in Middle Tennessee. As it has grown, it has grabbed the attention and support of many of Nashville’s more visible stars including musicians Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Troy Gentry, Big Al Anderson, Charlie Worsham and Will Hoge; and athletes like Colin Wilson of the Nashville Predators and former Tennessee Titans standout, Derrick Mason.
“From sign language to using puppets to promote understanding and acceptance, to our mental and behavioral health agency, our organization works tirelessly every day to support the students and youth whom we serve,” says Erin Daunic, STARS chief development officer.
STARS Evidence-Based Programs and Services
THE STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAP)
An award-winning, evidence-based program that addresses social and emotional barriers for youth including substance abuse, violence and bullying.
KIDS ON THE BLOCK
A program that educates children and the broader community about challenges and important issues that affect their lives. This program reaches almost 40,000 children and adults in schools and community agencies throughout Middle Tennessee, including Williamson County.
SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE DEAF OR HARD OF HEARING
A program designed to prevent the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs among students afflicted with hearing loss. This award-winning program has received national and local honors, including the Prevention & Education Meritorious Award from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence.
YOUTH OVERCOMING DRUG ABUSE
This is an intensive outpatient program for adolescents with substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. It provides gender-specific treatment to youth ages 13-18.
An interactive training program, presented as a one-day youth summit, that challenges students to examine their attitudes toward bullying and gain a better understanding of how bullying impacts school climate and communities.
STARS also offers training programs for entire school systems, school administrators, teachers, guidance counselors and parents. STAR’s is the leader in Middle Tennessee for its youth prevention curriculum and resources. Some of these outstanding training programs include:
ALCOHOL & DRUG PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION
Provides an overview of current drug trends, effective interventions for adolescents and prevention principles.
BUILDING ASSETS, REDUCING RISKS
The social and emotional learning model proven to help students navigate barriers to learning and ultimately thrive through secondary school and into adulthood.
A comprehensive suicide awareness and responsiveness program for teens.
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES PROGRAM
A nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family-strengthening program designed to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency and alcohol and drug abuse in children.
Without a doubt, these folks are the true shining STARS of Nashville.
STARS is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as a co-occurring capable adolescent non-residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation treatment center. For more information visit StarsNashville.org or call 615.279.0058.