• Join us for the

22nd annual STARS National Conference

When: Sunday, June 23th to Wednesday, June 26th
Where: University of Colorado – Colorado Springs



Presented by FRIENDS FIRST, the STARS NATIONAL CONFERENCE (SNC) has been held every summer in Colorado since 1994. Teens experience life on a college campus while building important life skills and learning to be positive role models in their communities.

SNC Goals:

1. Equip students with practical leadership skills that accentuate their strengths
2. To make events fun and developmentally appropriate
3. To provide opportunities for positive, healthy connections




    Participants gather twice a day for motivating rallies with skits, entertainment, and nationally acclaimed motivational speakers.


    Participants meet in small group discussions led by SNC staff. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet new people and build a support network with others who are making healthy choices.


    Workshops are interactive, educational, and fun! At the beginning of the conference, participants select the workshops which they want to attend. Workshop categories include:

    • Relationships
    • Mentoring
    • Leadership
    • Communication
    • High-Risk Behavior Avoidance


    Every day participants will have time set aside to kick back and have fun! Three fantastic evening events in addition to some afternoon events, will give participants the opportunity to meet teens from all over the country.


    SNC 2019 will be held at the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The campus has beautiful views of the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Conference accommodations will be suite-style dorm rooms on campus. Participants should fly to Denver International Airport (DIA). Driving time from the airport is about thirty minutes. Once you register for the conference, you will be sent information on how to get to the conference.


    Students entering eighth grade through 2018 high school graduates may attend as youth participants. If attending as a group, one adult chaperone must attend for every 10 teens.

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Sunday, June 23
1:30-3:00 p.m. Bus pick-up
3:00-5:00 p.m. Registration/Fun activity
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00-8:45 p.m. Opening Ceremony with Shaun Boothe
9:00-9:45 p.m. Family Groups
10:00-11:00 p.m. Fun Activity
9:30-11:00 p.m. Snack Shack
11:00 p.m. In dorms
11:30 p.m. Lights out

Monday, June 24

7:30-8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-10:15 a.m. Large Group with 7 Project
10:25-11:25 a.m. Family Groups/ Workshops A
11:35 a.m.-12:35 p.m. Workshops A/ Family Groups
1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:30-3:30 p.m. Family Groups/ Workshops B
3:40-4:40 p.m. Workshops B/ Family Groups
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00-8:00 p.m. Large Group with 7 Project
8:10-9:00 p.m. Family Groups
9:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. Fun Activity
9:30-11:00 p.m. Snack Shack
11:00 p.m. In dorms
11:30 p.m. Lights out

Tuesday, June 25

7:30-8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-10:15 a.m. Large Group with Jen Glowacki
10:25-11:25 a.m. Family Groups/ Workshops C
11:35 a.m.-12:35 p.m. Workshops C/ Family Groups
1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch
2:00-5:00 p.m. Free Time
5:30-6:30 p.m. Dinner
7:00-8:00 p.m. Large Group with Aliyah Cook
8:10-9:00 p.m. Family Groups
9:00-11:00 p.m. Fun Activity
9:30-11:00 p.m. Snack Shack
11:00 p.m. In dorms
11:30 p.m. Lights out

Wednesday, June 26

7:30-8:15 a.m. Breakfast
8:45-10:15 a.m. Family Groups
10:15 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pack/ Clean Room
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30-2:45 p.m. Closing Ceremony with Tay Anderson
3:00-3:30 p.m. Check-out
3:30-4:00 p.m. Bus


Shaun Boothe is an award-winning hip-hop artist, TEDx speaker and creator of ‘The Unauthorized Biography Series’. The Unauthorized Biography Series is a critically acclaimed musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical rap songs – Repackaging History through Hip Hop. Each chapter of the series captures the legacy of a positive and influential iconic figure in a documentary-style music video. Icons featured in the series include Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Barack Obama, Bruce Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Tupac Shakur, James Brown Malala Yousafzai and more. In an industry where your live show can make you or break you, Shaun Boothe is renowned for his conceptual and highly Interactive performances – many of which have graced the opening stages of concerts for multi-platinum artists, including Nas, Lauryn Hill, Talib Kweli, and Snoop Dogg.


7 Project is high energy, fast paced, and in your face multimedia presentation that addresses the issues students are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. Everything changes quickly to keep students engaged. Presenters communicate specific topics, transitioning to videos in between each topic. Students will experience a loud, crazy, fun, and inspiring message that will challenge them to dream big, make wise choices, and be people of character.


Jen’s background as a teacher, sports coach, and teen mentor has allowed her to work in diverse settings with teens including schools, gyms, youth groups, sports teams, diversion programs, and social service agencies. This eclectic backdrop has logged her over 10,000 hands on hours learning how to inspire young people to make life choices authentic to who they are. Jen vividly remembers her own struggles as a teen, and never wants anyone to feel alone. Artfully, she balances the budding individuality of teenagers with the rules and needs of the adult world around them. She bridges the gap allowing for increased communication, collaboration, and growth between teens and their parents, coaches, teachers, and peers. The beauty of Jen’s experience is a workshop that incorporates fun, laughter, and practical life skills that leave teens confident, happy, and ready to meet the challenges of their world.


Elevate My Voice, Your Voice, YOUTH VOICE
Aliyah Cook is 2019 high school graduate who has attended 11 FRIENDS FIRST STARS National Conferences. Aliyah is a youth advocate who has been elevating her voice since the age of 8 which led to House Bill 1411-75 aka Aliyah’s Law. Aliyah’s goal in life is to be a voice for the often silenced. Aliyah will attend Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in the fall to study International Business.


Tay Anderson is a proud union educator who has worked in Aurora and Denver Public Schools. Tay also served as a legislative aide in the Colorado House of Representatives. Tay is passionate about making the world a better place than the one he grew up in. He has worked on protecting women’s rights, African American rights, Latinx rights, LGBTQ+ rights, Indigenous rights, Muslim rights, and disabled persons’ rights. He has participated in numerous public demonstrations as well as conversations and meetings with school district leaders, state leaders, and members of Congress on social justice issues.


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At these mandatory parent meetings, parents will be given greater detail from FRIENDS FIRST in regards to their child’s participation in the STARS National Conference. In addition to conference orientation, families will be provided dinner as well as a presentation from a guest speaker.


  • Parents are required to pick one orientation to attend (youth SNC participants are welcome to attend but not required)

  • Spanish interpretation is available at all events

  • Food & drink will be provided

  • A confirmation email and reminder will be sent prior to event to confirm location, times, etc.


Tuesday 6/4/19 from 6pm-8pm
Gateway High School
1300 S. Sable Blvd.
Aurora, CO 80012

Thursday 6/6/19 from 6pm-8pm
Bison Ridge Rec. Center
13905 E. 112th Ave
Commerce City, CO 80022

Saturday 6/8/19 from 9:30am-11:30am
Bear Valley Library
5171 W. Dartmouth Ave.
Denver, CO 80236

Saturday 6/8/19 from 6pm-7:30pm
Patrick A. Lucero Library
1315 E 7th St.
Pueblo, CO 81001

Tuesday 6/11/19 6pm-8pm
Adams City Middle School
4451 E. 72nd Ave.
Commerce City, CO 80022

Tuesday 6/11/19 from 6pm-7:30pm
Lamb Public Library
2525 S. Pueblo Blvd.
Pueblo, CO 81005

Wednesday 6/12/19 5:30-7:30pm (Spanish only)
Westminster- College Hill Library
3705 W 112th Ave.
Westminster, CO 80031

Thursday 6/13/19 6pm-8pm
Manual High School
1700 E. 28th Ave.
Denver, CO 80205


Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer for the STARS National Conference. Our goal is to give each volunteer a rewarding experience while working towards fulfilling our mission of educating and mentoring teens to make positive life choices and develop healthy relationships.

We require all potential volunteers to go through an assessment and background screening before becoming an active SNC volunteer. In addition, each applicant simply needs to choose which volunteer role(s) they would like to fulfill and commit to it during the required duration of the task. The roles are listed on page 3 and 4 of this application.

Due to the nature of our work, volunteers must successfully pass a criminal background check. FRIENDS FIRST does not utilize as a volunteer any individual who has been convicted of a crime that (a) victimizes children, or (b) is sexual in nature, regardless of the amount of time that has elapsed since such conviction. In addition, criminal convictions or other misconduct that involves violence, fraud, significant theft, or a motor vehicle incident involving drugs or alcohol, any of which having occurred within the past 5 years, will disqualify the individual. FRIENDS FIRST reserves the right to determine, in its sole discretion, whether the past or present conduct of an applicant, employee, or volunteer would violate this policy or create a conflict of interest. Please contact us with any questions related to past convictions and/or our background screening process.

Our team is happy to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have.

  • Contact: Cheryl Fair
  • cfair@friendsfirst.org
  • 720.981.9193
  • Please return volunteer applications to Cheryl Fair, cfair@friendsfirst.org
  • PRIVACY & PROTECTION OF INFORMATION: Security of information is extremely important to us. All information submitted is considered confidential.


All participants in the 22nd annual STARS National Conference must accept the below disclaimers to participate in the conference. By registering for this conference you accept these disclaimers. Please review before registering.



SNC Colorado Resident$429.00
SNC Non-Colorado Resident$429.00
SNC Adult Chaperone$429.00

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During the last 20 years, thousands of leaders from across the U.S. have made coming to SNC a priority because the conference provides life-skills, gives them a taste of college life and most importantly, builds lasting relationships with like-minded peers. The conference is a safe place for students to be themselves and find support and training as mentors.

FRIENDS FIRST is always looking for businesses or individuals to make a difference in lives of teens. Scholarships to the STARS National Conference is a great way to show support! If you are interested in opportunities, please reach out. We would love to hear from you.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact:

Cheryl Fair