Rising Stars

Rising Stars helps students begin to set goals and a direction for their lives beginning at an earlier age. Leadership is essential in enabling youth to develop character, confidence, and values that promote the understanding of healthy behavior. Research shows a majority of youth engage in health-compromising behavior. More importantly, a recent report from the American Medical Association captures the importance of this goal:  "For the first time in the history of this country, young people are less healthy and less prepared to take their places in society than their parents. Moreover, this is happening at a time when our society is more complex, more challenging, and more competitive than ever before."

The Rising StarsTM Process
Rising StarsTM is a process that helps young people to develop their abilities and make positive life choices based upon sound values and visions of a successful future. It helps students improve their GPAs, increase attendance rates, develop positive attitudes and self-confidence, and reduce risk behaviors.

Rising StarsTM is an innovative and unique inside-out development process that focuses on four critical elements that promote personal leadership, healthy behaviors, and the skills employers identify as essential. These four elements are:

  • Positive Attitudes
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Goal-Achievement 
  • Time-Management 

There are many positive outcomes associated with the successful completion of the Rising StarsTM process.

  • Participants successfully apply skills from their assessment
  • Goal-oriented and informed decisions
  • Demonstrates leadership 
  • Outcomes examples for participants:
    • Graduates had a 40% grade point increase
    • Graduates had a 56% reduction in school disciplinary/
      truancy incidents
    • College attendance within one pilot site increased from 5% to 75%