We are gearing up for the 22nd Annual FRIENDS FIRST STARS National Conference held each summer in Colorado. The action-packed, four-day event empowers teens to become leaders, learn how to build healthy relationships, and understand the importance of avoiding high-risk behaviors in order to achieve success (such as alcohol, drugs, dropping out, dating violence and bullying). Teens also get to experience life on a college campus, while learning important life-skills and how to be a positive role model in their community.
In 2017, 19 student mentors from the Just Say YES Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program (along with three adult coordinators) attended the conference, and in 2018, an increase of 28 students attended; making Just Say YES the largest student group outside the state of Colorado.
As the Just Say YES Peer-to-Peer Mentoring program expands its Dallas-Fort Worth reach, and with student interest growing to attend the conference, we must start now in our fundraising efforts to cover the cost of both admission ($429 per student) and round-trip airfare (est. $450 per student). Our goal is to send at least 30 students to this year’s 2019 conference!
Denilzon, a student mentor from Thomas Jefferson High School in the Dallas Independent School District, said of the 2018 conference, “Because of your support, I was able to attend the STARS National Conference; a place that encouraged and taught me that I am worth more than I ever realized.”
We are currently looking for corporate sponsors and individual donors to help support the financial cost of sending 30 students to the STARS National Conferences (admission fees and round-trip airfare). For more information, please contact Director of Development Sarah Conner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-437-0002.