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22nd annual STARS National Conference

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



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The STARS NATIONAL CONFERENCE (SNC) is an action-packed, four-day event each summer that empowers and motivates teens to become leaders, build healthy relationships, and avoid high-risk behaviors. Teens experience life on a college campus while building important life-skills and learning to be a positive role model in their communities.


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About SNC


  • LARGE GROUP SESSIONS

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

  • FAMILY GROUPS

    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

    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

  • ADULT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    Adults are encouraged to attend all youth workshops and sessions, and an adult breakout session will be offered each day to better equip adults to work with youth.

  • COMMUNITY GROUPS

    Each evening participants will have the opportunity to meet with the group they came with to the conference. Community groups can debrief about the day and brainstorm ideas for their own programs.

  • SOCIAL EVENTS

    Each evening participants will have the opportunity to meet with the group they came with to the conference. Community groups can debrief about the day and brainstorm ideas for their own programs.

  • LOCATION & TRAVEL DETAILS

    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.

  • WHO CAN ATTEND

    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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PARENT MEETINGS

IMPORTANT: Parents of SNC students receiving a scholarship to SNC are required to attend these seminars! It is strongly recommended that all students, even those attending not on scholarship, attend these valuable meetings. You and your teen will select a parent meeting when registering, please pay attention to the day and time that you pick when you register.

Please join FRIENDS FIRST for our annual STARS National Conference parent meetings! These meetings are held so that parents understand the expectations their students at the conference. Each workshop will also feature talented speakers who will address different issues that students and parents face today.

*Meetings are intended for SNC Colorado participants only.

These are FREE EVENTS with great information for parents of teens!

REMINDER: YOU ARE ALREADY REGISTERED! If your student is registered for SNC, they have already registered for a parent meeting. During registration, all Colorado participants were required to select a parent workshop. Reminder emails will be sent during the week of June 4th to remind you of the date and time of your parent meeting.

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A SPONSOR?

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
cfair@friendsfirst.org
720.981.9193

VOLUNTEER

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.

HOW DO I BECOME AN SNC VOLUNTEER?
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.

WHY DO I NEED A BACKGROUND CHECK?
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.

WHO DO I CONTACT WITH QUESTIONS?
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.