Jenah Cason- STAR of the Month

Jenah Cason Portrait photograph

The STAR Center will feature young people every month from across the country who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that you need to know about! Help us make sure young people in your community are recognized and valued by nominating someone today!

This month the STAR Center recognizes Jenah Cason from Columbia, SC. Check out her story!


Darrin L. Harris- STAR of the Month

Chacku on the left and Darrin on the right holding up his book


Darrin L. Harris began Ekhaya Youth Project, Inc. – a non-profit that serves and supports youth and their families. In 2014, Darrin L. Harris expanded the mental health component of the organization by providing clinical support services through the Ekhaya Fresh Start Behavioral Health Program.  Darrin has engaged thousands of youth and their families through Ekhaya Youth Project’s energetic and culturally congruent messages and supports. He has developed a leadership institute, social media platforms, music labels and is now an author, in order to continue sharing what he has learned and continues to learn. His ever present humility and passion comes through in the great interview he offered to us.

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STAR Center in Action- September 2016

Welcome to the September edition of the STAR Center Newsletter!
 Where will the STAR Center be In Action next?

  • NYAPRS 34th Annual Conference in Kerhonkson, New York, September 14-16
  • Alternatives 30th Annual Conference in San Diego, California September 19-23
  • Youth and Family Systems of Care Conference, Philadelphia September 30
  • Louisiana Association of Peer Specialists (LAPS), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 21-22
  • Mental Health Strategic Plan Listening Sessions in the US Virgin Islands, November 14-18
  • NAMI NJ Conference, Jamesburg, New Jersey, December 3
  • Texas Peer Run Organization Project Gathering, Austin, Texas, December 8-9


people walking towards a small airplane
What else can you look forward to at the STAR Center?

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STAR Center in Action- August 2016

Welcome to the August edition of the STAR Center Newsletter! The STAR Center was in Columbus, Ohio last month for a national meeting convened by Youth M.O.V.E. National and FREDLA (The Family Run Executive Director Leadership Association). They held a meeting for youth and families leaders to come together from across the country to focus on Aligning the Movements: How Family and Youth Organizations Can Work Together to Further Their Movements. Members from both organizations had the opportunity to connect and learn from one another on how to better partner, coordinate their efforts and work together to support youth and family voice. Thank you to all the staff, youth, and family leaders who were involved for inviting the STAR Center to participate and contribute. 

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