Theory

S.T.A.R.S. implement strategies that improve psychosocial and emotional development and academic achievement among targeted youth. The strategy includes programs provided within in-school, after-school, and out-of-school (bridge program) settings. In addition, youth are connected to positive adults and mentors and engaged in activities that use experiential learning through youth reflection, writing activities, and role-playing and modeling. The S.T.A.R.S. strategy is described within the following logic:

4-Step-Model-v2

S.T.A.R.S. Logic:

  • If S.T.A.R.S. provides opportunities for youth to engage with positive adults, then youth participants will increase in sense of connectedness.

  • If S.T.A.R.S. provides activities in lIfe skills (e.g., ability to work with others, understanding self, communication, making decisions, and leadership), then youth participants will improve social competence.

  • If S.T.A.R.S. provides activities in conflict management and resolution, then youth participants will change attitudes about conflict and improve their ability to manage and resolve conflict.

  • If S.T.A.R.S. provides activities to promote career exploration, then youth participants will improve knowledge of career pathways.

  • If S.T.A.R.S. provides opportunity for youth participants to engage in service activities, then youth participants will increase positive attitudes about civic engagement.

  • If S.T.A.R.S. provides activities to promote ethnic pride, then youth participants will improve attitudes about a positive ethnic identity.