"Why Do I need S.T.A.R.?"
It is no secret that there is an accelerating trend of juvenile misconduct on school campuses.
Administrators have few options when disciplining these students. Suspension, "in school suspension" and
expulsion may deter and correct some students. Many will learn little from such discipline, only increasing
their likelihood of becoming repeat offenders. Similarly, Judges are often forced to choose between incarceration,
with its well-known failure rate, or resource-draining probation. Parents feel powerless in the face of their
seemingly "out of control" child.
S.T.A.R. addresses all three of these challenging issues. S.T.A.R. offers another alternative... an alternative that works.
S.T.A.R. students will make dramatic progress in the areas of grades, attendance, and behavior (at home and at
school). S.T.A.R. Instructors get students' attention so that teachers, parents, counselors, judges and other
professionals can positively affect the lives of students who were previously thought to be unreachable. With all
these individuals working together with this student, it is easy to see how the student has no choice but to improve
him- or herself.
S.T.A.R. holds its students accountable for
their actions while keeping them in their normal environment. Students
remain in their normal homes and schools. The S.T.A.R. element is merely added to this equation. This allows
students to make positive life changes in their homes and schools so there is no difficult or awkward transition
period when they return to these places with different attitudes and goals. This is one of the keys to S.T.A.R.'s
success. It is often unrealistic to expect children to improve themselves in a foreign environment, and then
maintain those improvements when returned to their familiar environments.
S.T.A.R. Instructors and Coordinators are all prior military servicemen and women. Applicants are thoroughly
screened and investigated. Once hired, S.T.A.R. trains and develops these individuals, taking professionalism
and dedication learned in the military and adding a proven philosophy to deal with juveniles. While very
strict and demanding, S.T.A.R. Instructors do not humiliate, degrade or abuse juveniles in their care. S.T.A.R.
Programs, Inc. prides itself on the elite corps of professional Instructors it has assembled to teach and train
our clients' students.
The S.T.A.R. program is unrivaled in its cost-effectiveness. Because students are kept in their home schools,
the schools keep any funding received for each student. The additional cost of putting a child through the
S.T.A.R. Program is less than a quarter of the cost it would take to detain that same child. The cost for each
S.T.A.R. Program depends on several different factors including number of participating schools and the volume
of previous disciplinary referrals. Through the application of a highly recommended collaborative approach to
administering the program, staff and financial resources of the local school system, as well as other agencies, can be
effectively combined. State or federal grants are often available through both juvenile justice and education