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STAR :  Strength Through Active Recreation 

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A new FREE resilience-based program for children of military families that builds self-esteem and leadership skills and allows children to grow and thrive: physically, emotionally and mentally.​ 
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Is this hula hooping or building confidence? 

It is both! It's building strength through active recreation.

Everyone needs skills and supportive people in their lives to help cushion them from problems they may encounter. Introducing even a few positive elements into their lives can shift the balance and help many children and youth flourish. Meaningful participation in the home, school and community contributes to the resilience of children; it increases their sense of connection while decreasing their sense of isolation. 

“In between the arts and crafts, games and activities, something special happens. Friendships blossom, self-confidence emerges, independence grows, and through it all, children build resilience to help them face new challenges as they grow up,” says Ben Ouellette, Vice President PSP Operations. “We are empowering children to lead healthier, happier lives by helping them learn how to handle life’s curve balls.”

Do not miss the fun and gains!  

The objective of STAR is to  increase the resiliency of participants to assist them in dealing with the challenges of military lifestyle.  Programming is based on the HIGH FIVE principles and guidelines.  Activities are focused on the 7 C’s of Resiliency.  Activities incorporate reflection and debriefings.

7 C's of Resilience

  • Competence
    Young people need to be recognized when they’re doing something right and to be given opportunities to develop specific skills. If your child shows a love or aptitude for a specific skill, activity or sport, let them know you’ve noticed and encourage them to keep practicing.
  • Confidence

    Confidence comes from building real skills that parents and educators can teach and nurture. Confidence can be easily undermined, but also bolstered by tasks and activities that push learners without making the goal feel unachievable. It’s why teaching the right skills to kids at an appropriate age is so important.

  • Connection

    Being part of a community helps kids know they aren’t alone if they struggle and that they can develop creative solutions to problems. Teams and clubs can provide this.  

  • Character

    Kids need an understanding of right and wrong and the capacity to follow a moral compass. That will allow them to see that they cannot be put down.

  • Contribution
    The experience of offering their own service makes it easier for young people to ask for help when they need it. Once kids understand how good it can feel to give to others, it becomes easier to ask for that same support when it’s needed. And being willing to ask for help is a big part of being resilient.
  • Coping

    Kids need to learn mechanisms to manage their stress by learning methods to both engage and disengage at times. Some strategies for doing this include breaking down seemingly insurmountable problems into smaller, achievable pieces, avoiding things that trigger extreme anxiety, and just letting some things go. After all, resilience is about conserving energy to fit the long game and kids need to know realistically what they can affect and what should be let go.

  • Control

    Kids need to feel like they have a degree of control over their lives and environment. This is why they push the limit.