Posts Tagged ‘community building’

Change Yourself

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Everyone does their part to bring about change, and that’s what is needed on a national and international level. Change starts from within, and that’s what we at StarShine focus on. Working with families from the most difficult backgrounds in a community with the highest crime rate in the Phoenix Metropolitan area makes instilling a sense of self-confidence and personal accountability in the students’ lives essential to their success. Our students have confidence that they can overcome the obstacles of drugs, gangs, and hopelessness, and they understand that every decision has an effect on their ultimate life goal. StarShine has the ability to instill a future-oriented time perspective in each one of our students, making our school successful in bringing about change in every student who steps onto our campus. By changing the mindset of our StarShine students we create a domino effect where the students change how they interact with their parents who in turn change the way they’re involved with the community.

When I opened StarShine 8 years ago the park next to our school was vacant of children, and home to mostly homeless drug addicts. Now, our community has a park filled with families, a new public pool and a freshly built Starbucks on the corner. Everyday I’m reminded of how far we have come and it’s all because everyone does their part. It’s truly the individual: You, and I, our network, and our community are the true agents of change.

Change Yourself- Think Globally- Act Locally.

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