STAR Center In Action

STAR Center In Action- August 2017

Welcome to the August edition of the STAR Center newsletter!

The STAR Center was in the US Virgin Islands, New Mexico and Oklahoma and we had the chance to participate in some exciting initiatives and meet with even more amazing people we want you to know about.

Pictured with me on the left is Abigail Cyntje from St. Thomas in USVI. In a past issue you may have met Dina Cruz, from St. Croix. Ms. Cyntje and Ms. Cruz are both passionate advocates and leaders from USVI who are working towards mental health systems transformation in the US Virgin Islands and advisors to the STAR Center.

Pictured with me on the right are the leaders of the Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery, an exciting peer run organization in New Mexico. They are Elise Padilla (Executive Director), Maxine Henry (Co-Director) and Gabrielle Gutierrez (Employment and Economic Development Initiatives). Elise Padilla will be a featured discussant on our next Executive Director’s Roundtable on Marketing and Promoting Your Peer-Run Organization!

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STAR Center In Action- February 2017

The STAR Center was back in Austin, Texas this month working with youth and peer leaders from across Texas! I was able to join Youth Move National’s Marieka Johnson and Hannah Raiche as a co-facilitator with David McLung and the Texas ACCEPT/Youth Move Texas project planning retreat over the weekend. On Monday and Tuesday, the STAR Center facilitated a great session with leaders from across Texas about the future of statewide networking that would represent lived experience across mental health and addiction recovery communities. It is an incredible honor to see and work with such a diverse group that includes historic and emerging leaders in the movement and in our movement in Texas. Pictured below with Chacku Mathai from left to right are Reggie Smith, Noah Abdenour and Larry Collins from Texas!

Chacku Mathai with Reggie Smith, Noah Abdenour and Larry Collins     people at Youth Move Texas Meeting

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STAR Center In Action (or Reflection?) – January 2017

Remembering What We Want

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When Tanya and I were considering what kind of STAR Center holiday and new year greeting we wanted to send to you, we were both very in touch with the fact that the winter season, the holidays and the new year are not always filled with peace, joy and celebration as the commercial media and most greeting cards tend to convey. We knew, from personal experience, that this time of year is often the most difficult, for many reasons, and the darkness of the season reflected what seemed like the cycles of our own well-being.

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STAR Center In Action- December 2016

STAR Center In Action – December 2016

Welcome to the December edition of the STAR Center Newsletter!

The STAR Center was in Austin, Texas this month working with Peer Run Organizations from across Texas! The Peer Run Organization Project is an exciting initiative of Via Hope that brings together executive directors and board members of peer run organizations on a quarterly basis to focus on their organizational development and sustainability. In collaboration with leadership from Via Hope, the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health and the Texas Mental Health and Substance Use Division, the STAR Center facilitated a dialogue on Organizational Sustainability and Collaboration Across Peer Run Organizations in both mental health and substance use recovery communities. It was an exciting conversation and opportunity for everyone involved. 

25 meeting members in a group photo

STAR Center In Action- November 2016

Welcome to the November edition of the STAR Center Newsletter!

The STAR Center was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this past month for the Louisiana Association of Peer Specialists (LAPS) 1st Annual Conference. The LAPS Board of Directors worked tirelessly as volunteers to prepare this first ever conference experience for peer supporters across Louisiana. Read More

members of the Louisiana Association of Peer Specialists Board of Directors standing in a row

STAR Center In Action- October 2016

Welcome to the October edition of the STAR Center Newsletter!

The STAR Center was in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in Grand Island, New York for two different kinds of events that brought together youth and family leaders to make a difference in their communities. Read More

Group picture of meeting attendees outside