STAR Center Youth Leadership Spotlight- Joshua Kogut

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The STAR Center features young people from across the country who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that you need to know about! Help us make sure young people in your community are recognized and valued by nominating someone today!

This month the STAR Center recognizes Joshua Kogut from Oakland,CA. Check out their story!

Upcoming STAR Center Virtual Learning Opportunities

Executive Directors

Executive Directors' Roundtable for Peer and Family Run Organizations: Strengthening Your Relationship with the Board of Directors

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The demands on Executive Directors for behavioral health grassroots, peer and family run organizations across the country are growing now more than ever.  Executive directors are called to represent, lead and support our organizations through these times of change and growth in health, behavioral health and integrated care.
The STAR Center, in collaboration with executive directors in peer and family run organizations across the country has created the STAR Center Executive Directors’ Roundtable for Peer and Family Run Organizations to offer executive directors a forum to discuss their unique experiences, concerns and challenges with their peers. 
Co-facilitated by Executive Directors, Maria Bell- Servick and Lora Bonnet from Louisiana, this live and interactive virtual series offered in monthly, 1 hour sessions between May – September 2017.
Executive directors for peer and family run organizations will have the opportunity to learn from each other about:

  • Forging partnerships, strategic and business planning that align with current trends and opportunities in behavioral health, health and integrated care.
  • Strengthening your relationship with the board of directors
  • Self-care
  • Marketing and promoting their organizations in the community
  • Anticipating and preparing for new financing opportunities


Register now for Session #2 on Wednesday, June 14th at 2 PM ET/ 11 AM  PT!

Future dates:

July 19, 2017

August 23, 2017

September 27, 2017



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Equity and Inclusion in Leadership Networking Call

Wednesday, May 31st

 2 PM ET/ 11 AM PT

How do you deal with social exclusion in mental health and the behavioral health workplace? Despite national efforts to reduce disparities in health and mental health, inequities and resulting disparities persist. An examination of the institutional role and form that social exclusion and discrimination, such as microaggressions, play and its connection to mental health systems has begun (Gomez, 2015). The effects of microaggressions targeted at sexual minorities and racial minorities have been well documented. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youths and black youths are more likely to experience homelessness and mental health challenges than their heterosexual, cisgender, and white peers (Gattis, Larson 2017). What do leaders of organizations need to know in order to address the role of microaggressions in mental health and how they impact leadership development for peers from sexual and racial/ethnic minority populations?

Join us for a dialogue on these issues with discussant, Laverne Miller and co-facilitators, Celia Brown and Chacku Mathai. There are many issues faced by people of color that are major stressors impacting our mental health status including the continued disparities in health and mental health outcomes for people of color. Increasing the capacity of leadership in mental health organizations to reach and connect with communities of color is a recognized organizational change strategy.

The STAR Center's monthly national networking call for people of color is for anyone who is interested in increasing the number of people in organizational leadership roles who are African-American, Native American/American Indian/Alaskan Native, Latino/Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islanders. Our hope is that this opportunity to network and support each other’s leadership efforts across the country and in our target states/regions will make a measurable and remarkable difference towards eliminating the health and mental health disparities we currently experience across the country.
Register now for our next session on May 31st, 2017 at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT!

Future Dates

June 21, 2017

July 26, 2017

August 30, 2017

September 20, 2017