Your gift to Starr Commonwealth will help vulnerable families transform their lives. Every dollar goes directly to helping children, adults, families and communities thrive through proven, strength-based programs. Giving is secure and easy and will bring help and hope to children and their families.
Upon review of Starr Commonwealth’s policies, procedures and programs over the past four years, COA has awarded expedited accreditation to Starr for meeting all critical compliance ratings in COA’s fundamental practice standards – confirming Starr as an outstanding provider of care within the field of human services.
We are almost finished with updates to our online course platform and our online store! Once the updates are complete (mid- to late-January), we will be able to provide you with an even better eLearning experience – and the new store will be much easier to navigate. We know we need to update our website, too, and hope to do that later this year.
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Encourage friends and family to donate to Starr for your birthday in lieu of presents and cards. It's easy, fun and can truly make a difference to those we serve.
We strive to give teachers, school administrators and staff, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and all helping professionals books, interventions, online courses, certifications and information to help children, families and schools thrive. Our trainers provide world-class trauma informed, resilience focused training to thousands of professionals every year.
Whether you would like to put your donation to work today or benefit us after your lifetime, you can find a charitable plan that lets you provide for your family and support Starr Commonwealth. Learn more about planned giving here.
Thousands of people from organizations like Eaton Corporation, Kellogg Company, State Farm, Michigan State University and Purdue University have participated in Glasswing racial healing seminars. Through a facilitated 2-day process participants are guided through a transformation of their hearts and minds about racism and how we relate to one another as members of the human family.
Starr Commonwealth is dedicated to the mission of creating positive experiences so that all children, families and communities flourish. We specialize in residential, community-based, educational and professional training programs that build on the strengths of children, adults and families in communities around the world.
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Equipping parents & professionals
Parents, clinicians, educators and childcare professionals can learn successful and innovative techniques aimed at bringing out the best in every child. We’ve created a variety of practical, time-proven training courses and conferences, for professionals who work with youth. Educators, administrators, clinical staff, group care professionals and others are invited to attend a unique and customized training program. You can even earn continuing education and college credits.
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Helping Kids Flourish
For over 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
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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.