S.T.A.R.S. in-school programs build on students’ existing attributes and knowledge, helping them to develop skills and resilience for challenges they may face in their lives.

Our in-school programs are offered as electives during the school day in which students participate in facilitated discussion and activities to enable the students to assess their views on life, family, school, society and their futures. As such, the students develop healthier perspectives that will help them to attain measurable improvements in the strategy’s four outcome areas: personal development, academic engagement, career exploration, and community leadership.

The in-school S.T.A.R.S. program utilizes evidence based strategies and lesson plans that are conducted in three, 10-week sessions or phases for groups of 20-25 students. Two trained facilitators lead sessions that occur during class time. Programs are developed collaboratively with schools administrators and WSSU faculty experts to make sure that they best meet the needs of the students.

After School

The S.T.A.R.S. After School Zone (ASZ) offers comprehensive, high-quality after-school activities that provide opportunities for middle school youth to:

  • Feel safe;
  • Improve academic development and performance;
  • Improve social, emotional, and physical well-being;
  • Improve school and community connectedness;
  • Reduce the potential for risk-taking behaviors; and
  • Reduce interest in gang involvement or delinquent activities.

After-school activities ensure that youth have greater opportunities for success in developing the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and abilities to live healthy lives, become productive adults, and to thrive in the workplaces and communities of the 21st century.


The S.T.A.R.S. Saturday After School Zone (Beginning Fall 2015)


The S.T.A.R.S. Summer Bridge Zone (Beginning Summer 2015)