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Students Talking About Reality  (STAR)



The STAR Program is an umbrella of programming that targets youth from 12 - 19 years of age and focuses on increasing awareness of healthy lifestyle choices and behaviors.


STAR programs embody the following objectives:

  • Girls Voices Mental Wellness  Program 

  • Teen Dating Violence Prevention

  • Problem Gambling 

  • Health Awareness 

  • Self-esteem building

Girls Voices Mental Wellness Program

“Girl’s Voices” Mental Wellness Program promotes positive mental health and focuses on preventing or minimizing mental health problems. 
Fall 2017 Conference to promote the mental wellness of women and girls of color between 16-30 years of age; examine problems and issues, share effective strategies and interventions for implementation in our community. Winter 2018, “Girl’s Circle” evidence based support group to enhance girl’s abilities to take full advantage of their talents, academic interests, career pursuits, and potential for healthy relationships; support provided by “the hope & grace fund, a project of New Venture Fund in partnership with global women’s skincare brand philosophy, Inc.”

Safe Dates -Teen Dating Violence Prevention

The Safe Dates Teen Dating Violence Prevention Program (Safe Dates)  is the only evidence based curriculum that prevents dating abuse and helps teens recognize the difference between a caring, supportive relationship versus a controlling, physical, or verbal abusive dating relationship. The overarching goal of Safe Dates is to “Stop Dating Violence Before it Begins.”

 Program Goals include:

  • To raise student awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships

  • To raise student awareness of dating abuse and its causes and consequences

  • To equip students with the skills and resources to help themselves or friends in abusive dating relationships

  • To equip students with the skills to develop healthy dating relationships, including positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution


Problem Gambling 

Smart Choices Awareness and Prevention Program: Youth problem gambling is a growing public health concern. BWHA conducts Smart Choices workshops targeting teens 12 – 18 years of age. The goals of the 4 module, one hour sessions are:


  • Teach participants about youth gambling (participation, addiction, signs, and consequences)

  • Discuss the concepts of luck, chance, probability and the illusion of control

  • Address erroneous beliefs in relation to the diverse forms of gambling

  • Differentiate between social gambling and gambling addictions


Mentoring & Internships 

Black Women’s Health Alliance is recognized for its leadership role in the community. Mentoring and internship positions provide inner city youth,college students, and advanced degree professionals  with opportunities to become more involved in their community and to become more knowledgeable about multiple topics that directly affect them. This organization helps develops professional skills which will provide them with a foundation for excellence as they navigate through life.

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