The Beginning

How S.T.A.R.S. Youth Enrichment Program came to be.

The Beginning

On Monday, March 28, 2009 between the hours of 9 AM and 5 PM – about 100 young people gathered at the historically rich Chestnut Street Family YMCA (Louisville, KY) to participate in the very first S.T.A.R.S. Youth Enrichment Program (more commonly referred to as STARS YEP).

The program was held in conjunction with The AC Green Foundation, the Chestnut Family YMCA, and Chick-fil-a. Throughout the day local celebrities, former basketball standouts, and community leaders made time out of their busy schedules to encourage the young participants.

The following individuals were inaugural guests: Former NBA star and the founder at the AC Green Youth Foundation AC Green; former U of L standout and European Football League Superbowl Champion and MVP Tony Stallings; Vice President of Education and Development/Chief Learning Officer of Norton Healthcare and youth community leader Al Cornish; Clinical Services Supervisor for Transition Housing, LLC Rodney Brannon, MSSW; and a former member of the New York Giants (and the coach and owner of the 2001 Ohio Valley Football League) Superbowl Champions, a minor league professional team based out of Bowling Green, KY, Boris Byrd.

Each participant was served a hot breakfast and lunch provided by the event’s key sponsor Chick-fil-a. The late Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, believed that leadership is vital to the success of our country. Developing future leaders among youth was one of Mr. Cathy‘s chief priorities throughout his many decades in business. “What a great way for kids to spend their spring break this year!” He went on to say that “they were pleased to provide both a hot breakfast and lunch to the kids participating during spring break at the S.T.A.R.S. life skills program for area youth.”

The life skills sessions provided for the first camp were as follows: YOU Are The S.T.A.R.S.!, Money Matters, and Your Health Matters!-Taking Care of YOU. There were multiple sessions helping to develop their physical skills on the court and how to make smart choices off of it. Some of the drills that the children participated in were: dribbling, shooting, passing, defense, strength, and conditioning.

Throughout the day local celebrities, former basketball standouts, and community leaders took time out of their busy schedules to encourage our youth. They all understand the importance of helping our future leaders in developing their niche.

Today, STARS YEP continues to best serve its community by finding innovative ways to bring people together. Our organization offers motivational leadership workshops, Dale Ellis retail apparel, high quality life skills and sports camps to young people, complimentary coaches workshops (made available by Sellers Interactive Coaches Clinics) fundamental publications such as Co -author,
Coach Mike Jarvis’ essential book Skills for Life.

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About Us

The story of S.T.A.R.S. Youth Enrichment Program & Our Founder

  • The first STARS YEP camp was held at the Chestnut Street YMCA in 2009 (In Louisville, Kentucky)
  • We are a nonprofit #30-0710149
  • We serve young people between the ages of 8-15
  • We have hosted numerous camps throughout the USA
  • Our classroom programs integrate the dynamic life skills teachings from
    legendary Coach Mike Jarvis’ book Skills for Life!
  • We bring coaches together and offer world class complimentary coaching workshop instruction.
  • We offer complimentary workshops for parents on topics centered around financial literacy, health, and much more!
  • Our camp day consists of 1/2 day of classroom and 1/2 day sport activities
  • A typical camp size varies between 75 and 150 participants.
  • Our entire staff of coaches and classroom facilitators are FBI/BCI background checked.

Mission & Values

S.T.A.R.S. Mission Statement & Our Values for our Program

Our Mission & Values


Our Mission & Values

  • To deliver an epic, fun, and inspiring camp experience to the world’s youth
    while advancing sport, education, and life values for our camper.
  • To identify and foster strong sponsor, partner, and community relationships.

Fun, Safe, Educational & NO COST

  • At STARS YEP, we believe that youth should enjoy
    sport and life skills programming in a safe and fun
    environment at no expense to them or their families.
    We believe that something very special happens when
    communities come together to support and celebrate
    our youth!
  • Our program relies on the support and generosity of

The Importance of Mentoring

What Happens to a Young Person Who is Impacted by Mentoring?

What Happens to a Young Person Who is Impacted by Mentoring?

  • Increased high school graduation rates and lower dropout rate
  • Healthier relationships and lifestyle choices
  • Higher college enrollment rates and career attainment
  • Improved behavior both at home and at school
  • Improved interpersonal skills
  • Decreased likelihood of initiating drug and alcohol use

“MENTOR, 2009: Cavelli, DuBois, Karcher, Keller, &Rhodes, 2009”