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dbyrd1

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Review for STAR FOUNDATION, Rochester, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I worked with the STAR Foundation for a couple of events before joining the board of directors. The first event was hosted by Westchester High School where over 100 students received a candid dialogue with celebrities and speakers, including alumnus Nia Long, about HIV/AIDS awareness and their personal life experiences in valuing themselves and others. The students made pledges to abstain and/or be safe when engaging in sexual activities. The second event drew a larger crowd of ladies after the excitement of the first event was announced. A new line up of speakers shared their stories and discussed topics relating to the media and its influence on sex. The girls were very fortunate to have alumnus Regina King speak giving the students something they could relate to in their own lives. The students were extremely excited and cherished the memorable moments. STAR began working with a small group of middle school students at Marina Del Rey with mentoring and having discussions about preparing for high school. I work with STAR in finding school locations that can utilize the services for building self-esteem and awareness for our female students.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

a magnitude of ways especially dealing with urban youth who's exposure to the media is vast. The media provides false images of what life "should" be like. STAR helps to bring reality back by having actual celebrities share their real stories.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase its operating budget to a billion dollars.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I enjoy the fact that this organization keeps it real. The speakers tell the truth about their lives and the students appreciate that the most.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is great and the celebrity speakers have been awesome in sharing their experiences with the youth.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Host numerous event and reach 10's of millions of people educating them on abstinence and safe sexual choices. It would also raise the self esteem of the girls that are served.

Ways to make it better...

we could get to more females spreading the word in ways that are limited by funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding resources and exposure.

One thing I'd also say is that...

We are constantly growing so any assistance is greatly appreciated.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Board Member & I helped to plan and coordinate events that were sponsored by STAR and then was nominated to join the board of directors.