This year, Starr was honored to accept the Community Spirit Award from the Michigan Chronicle's annual Legacy in Motion gala, alongside other honorees including Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Quicken Loans and Mike Duggan. Dr. Marty Mitchell received the award on behalf of Starr, and said kind words to everyone in appreciation of the award. Read more here.
Students, staff, supporters and special guests came together to celebrate Starr’s 100 years of helping children flourish on Founder’s Day 2013. This historic event included performances by Matt Giraud, speakers Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete, introductions to different aspects of Starr and tours of our Albion campus.
Montcalm's Therapeutic Day School, conveniently located on the historic and beautiful Starr Commonwealth campus in Albion, MI, will open in September 2013. The Therapeutic Day School will initially accept students, ages 12-21, with autism spectrum disorder or other neurological differences, providing families across Michigan and the Midwest with the option of non-residential specialized support.
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Helping Kids Flourish
For 100 years, Starr Commonwealth has been helping children and their families through one simple belief: There’s no such thing as a bad child. Today, we operate dozens of programs aimed at bringing out the best in youth and their families.
“I love that saying, ‘There is no such thing as a bad kid.’ I believe in that. I believe that if you hug a kid, you give them love, you give them guidance...they will make it. They will make it.” — Dick Vitale
“We are all part of the same family. In every school and neighborhood, there are children without hope, but no child is hopeless. Each was put here for a purpose. These are just children who have not yet discovered their purpose. That is our mission.” — Muhammad Ali
“Square your shoulders to your responsibilities, hold fast to the ideals of the Starr Commonwealth, and with love and faith you will ride victoriously the whirlwind that is sweeping us to a higher civilization.” — Maya Angelou
Find help for your family
“There is no such thing as a bad child” has been a part of Starr Commonwealth’s vision for generations. We have the right program to help your family.
“We have been around the block with treatment programs. Your program and the positive approach of building on strengths benefited my daughter greatly.”
—testimonial from former Montcalm parent
Montcalm School is dedicated to helping young people reach their potential through therapeutic residential and day school programs that focus on the good in every child.
Starr Detroit Academy
Starr Detroit Academy is a public charter school serving K-6 children. The academy prepares students for academic and life success.
Our Team of Experts
The Starr team of clinical specialists was assembled with tender care and unites some of the leading minds in the field of positive psychology.
The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children works to bring out the best in every traumatized child. We accomplish this end goal of helping kids by training thousands of professionals each year through courses and conferences.
Reclaiming Youth International works to empower children by combining cutting-edge research and Native American philosophies of child care. Our Circle of Courage model is made up of four core values: belonging, mastery, independence and generosity.
Glasswing works to transform hearts and minds about racism and how we interact and relate to each other.