Starr President Dr. Martin Mitchell Announces Retirement After 45 Years of Service


Dr. Martin Mitchell has worked at Starr for 45 years, the last 11 as the president and CEO of the organization.

Dr. Martin Mitchell has announced that he will retire at the end of 2015 after 45 years of service as a human service industry leader at Starr Commonwealth, including the last 11 years as president and CEO.

During his tenure, Dr. Mitchell has led the expansion of the organization into significant new areas of service, including the training of professionals across the world through the Starr Global Learning Network, behavioral health programs that serve thousands of families every year in Michigan, and education through Starr’s record breaking launch into charter schools.

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Starr Announces a New Partnership

Children from across the United States to be supported as new partnership boosts Starr Commonwealth’s Albion campus

A new partnership between Starr Commonwealth and a national human service agency aims to boost the number of children being served on Starr’s Albion campus as part of a growth plan designed to launch the organization into its second century.

The agreement means that Sequel Youth and Family Services will manage the publicly-funded residential services on Starr’s Albion campus, with Sequel utilizing its national network of human service clients to ensure that more children can benefit from Starr’s historic and therapeutic campus.

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Founder’s Day is Coming Soon!

On Sunday, October 5, we will be celebrating Founder’s Day for Starr Commonwealth! The celebration will take place at our Albion campus, and will continue our Art of Resilience project with performance groups from Detroit.

Mario Bonds

Mario Bonds, singer from The Glee Project.

Our speaker for Founder’s Day will be Mario Bonds, made famous by his performances on The Glee Project. Mario is an amazing singer and speaker, and will be talking with our students and guests about overcoming the hardships in his own life, including going blind at a young age. Mario will also perform a song with the All Starr Choir, which will be quite a treat for everyone!

The day will begin with Chapel service at the Chapel-in-the-Woods, and will include lunch before the program begins at 1:45. This event is FREE, so please feel free to visit our beautiful campus and enjoy an afternoon of amazing performances!

For more information on Mario and the other performers on Founder’s Day, please check our website at

Chemical Bank supports Starr’s Founder’s Day celebration

A generous $2,500 donation from Chemical Bank will support Starr’s annual celebration of working with children and families. Founder’s Day, which will be held Sunday, Oct. 5 on Starr’s Albion campus, will mark 101 years of Starr with an exciting event lineup.

DSC_0018 smallThe Founder’s Day celebration will continue Starr’s “Art of Resilience” campaign, which began with the Starr Summer Youth Festival in Detroit Sunday, Aug. 10. More than 40 youth arts groups from southeast Michigan participated in the festival, including dance groups, singers, spoken word artists and more. Focusing on the resiliency of the communities Starr serves, Founder’s Day will feature some of these same groups, as well as a special presentation by guest speaker Mario Bonds.

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Art of Resilience

Starr’s founder once said, “Beauty is a silent teacher.” Floyd Starr also maintained a strong interest in the arts, collecting a significant number of fine works, including paintings, sculptures and furniture, encouraging Starr’s students to explore their creative side.

He knew how powerful creative expression and an appreciation of the arts could be in the development of a young person, and for decades this philosophy has played a significant role in the youth development models of Starr Commonwealth.


The Art of Resilience Starr Summer Youth Festival celebrated the resilience of the people of Detroit.

Overcoming challenges, building on your strengths, bouncing back from adversity, giving back to the community — this is resilience, another fundamental part of Starr’s positive youth development. So, what happens when you combine art and resilience?

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