Last week, Starr Commonwealth continued the tradition of honoring local heroes for children with our Second Annual Night of Starrs. Hazel Maxine Martin-Lias from Albion, Brenda L. Hunt from Battle Creek, and Hans Schuler from Marshall were each presented with the Stand Tall Award and celebrated for their dedication to the basic tenets of Starr’s mission: creating positive environments where children and families can flourish.
Last year, the Starr Global Learning Network (SGLN) began working with the teachers and administration at Townsend Elementary in Jackson, Michigan to help them understand trauma and learn how they can better help their students learn. Several staff members were already familiar with SGLN trainings through a recent conference, and they called on Starr Commonwealth for help.
The Circle of Courage model is the resilience-focused philosophical foundation for the way Starr Commonwealth works with the youth in our care. It is designed to encourage kids to feel safe and comfortable in an environment of understanding and acceptance. Developed from the cultural wisdom of the Lakota people, the Circle of Courage states that Belonging, Mastery, Independence, and Generosity are the universal needs all people require to be emotionally well. Only when these four needs are met are our circles complete.
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our second annual Night of Starrs event on April 11, 2018! To celebrate the strong spirit of generosity within our backyard, Starr Commonwealth will be presenting local leaders and champions for children with the Stand Tall Award, which honors leaders that share our commitment of the creating positive environments for children and families to flourish.