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To provides programs for youth with a focus on mentoring and programming that instills motivation discipline high self-esteem, and crucial life-readiness skills in order to build positive goal directed futures.
Star Struck Foundation (Star Struck) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of youth at risk of not "making it" in Gwinnett County. Gwinnett is the 9 th fastest growing county in the nation and has at least quadrupled in the number of African-American and Hispanic people in the last 10 years. This diversity forces higher costs on human services and public education that the county is unable to meet. Star Struck Foundation was formed in an effort to address the county's failure to provide quality affordable programming for youth. In 2005, Star Struck trained its first class of 11 volunteers. Since that time, Star Struck volunteers have provided comprehensive mentorship and advocacy services to over 200 high risk youth and proudly boast a 98% success rate in helping students turn their lives around. In FY 2007-2008, Star Struck volunteers served over 190 client children and provided approximately 1,000 logged hours of comprehensive mentorship and programming to address the emotional, physical, and educational needs of youth. We are the only organization in Gwinnett County providing free programming to disadvantaged youth and their families.
Star Struck program objectives are to create an environment for youth, which is characterized by high expectations, respect for academic excellence, mutual respect and personal support. Star Struck works aggressively to achieve our objectives by collaborating with other agencies, individuals and businesses to provide resources for our clients. Our strong partnerships are essential to improving the quality of life our families. Star Struck maintains unique and exclusive partnerships with Shiloh, Lilburn, and Lanier Middle Schools, Lilburn, Sweetwater, Snellville, Lanier, and Duluth High School, the G.I.V.E. Center and North Metro Psychoeducational Program. Our partnering schools provide student referrals as well as space for instruction and light administrative support. New Mercies Christian Church provides funding for general support of the 180 Degree Program, as well as office space, equipment, and a wealth of volunteers. The Cochran Firm provides funding for general operating support as well as volunteers for our programming. Washington Mutual provides financial literacy instruction for the families of youth enrolled in our programs. State Farm provides funding and volunteers for our literacy programming. McDonald's provides in kind donations for our participants. Allstate provides general funding for our programming. Kensington Books and Random House provide books and authors for our literacy programming. The National Football League Players Association provides volunteers for our programming. Our funding comes from fundraising, grants, and donations (both in-kind and monetary). We are an audited, transparent and recognized charity with the greater majority of our funding going directly to our programming.
Star Struck employs 2 paid staff positions, the Assistant Director, and the 180 Degree Program Director. Our dedicated volunteers are our most valuable resource. Due to their commitment and dedication we are able to provide free services to our families. We value our volunteers/staff and provide structured opportunities for planning, professional development, and reflection among our various volunteer staff. Primary volunteer positions include the Executive Director, Star Struck Mentoring Program Director, Community Service Coordinator, Children's Program Coordinator, ESOL Program Coordinator, and Adult's Program Coordinator . All volunteers participate in a 14 hour training workshop. Our staff is sensitive to the needs of a multicultural population and understands the needs of the community that we serve. While Star Struck Foundation Inc. is currently focused on the 180 Degree Program and the Family Literacy Program, it is our goal to expand programming to include: After School Program, Summer Camp and Athletic Program.
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