PROGRAMS THAT WORK: Star Mentoring Services, LLC
Justice Journal - The Newsletter of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance
Fall 2007 article
By ALISSON WOOD
During her years as a social worker, Fay Evans decided that there was a need for children's services that used a familial approach. So, five years ago, she founded STAR Mentoring Services in Hartford. Evans envisioned a community-based program focused on helping children with emotional and behavioral issues to work through their challenges and achieve greater success at home, at school, and in the community. Today, her organization employs 29 mentors who strive to give at-risk kids the attention they need but can't always find.
No bad children: only bad circumstancesby Fay Evans
Recently, one of the mentors in my program and I went to a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting for one of the children we serve which was held at one of the Hartford Public Schools. When the meeting was over, the young man looked at his mentor and me and told us in front of everyone in the room that he loved us. He also said, “Ms. Fay, Star Mentoring is not a program, it is a family!” For the hundreds of times I have heard our children say this to us over the years, tears still come to my eyes. It is as though I am hearing it for the first time. Most of the children we serve have not experienced a family until now. The concept of family or feeling a sense of belongingness is foreign – even for those children we serve who have parents.
MORE THAN A BUDDY
STAR Program Employs Mentors To Give 24-Hour Guidance To At-Risk Youths, And The Results So Far Have Been Promising
January 14, 2007
By MATT BURGARD, Hartford Courant Staff Writer
Tracey Taylor is a professional parent.
Like any good father, he fills his days keeping after his kids, making sure they're getting dressed and going to school, letting them know when they've disappointed him and encouraging them when they do well.
The only catch is that the kids under his watch aren't his - biologically or legally, at least.
Instead, the young adults that Taylor monitors as a full-time mentor are considered some of the most at-risk kids in Hartford. They're the kind of kids who could easily find themselves living on the street, contributing to the culture of drugs and guns that has claimed many young lives in recent years.
To give our children the skills necessary to develop their highest potential.
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All STAR children enter the program as referrals from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), Connecticut Department of Corrections or any other Social Service Agency.
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