The Problem

Every school day in the U.S.

7,000 students drop out

“The crisis we face in public education is a threat

to the very core of who we are as a nation…

it is the civil rights movement of today!”

– Condoleezza Rice

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“The crisis we face in public education is a threat to the very core of who we are as a nation…it is the civil rights movement of today!”

– Condoleezza Rice

80%

80% of first time drug abuse happens between

Ages 10-14

80%

80% of first time drug abuse happens between

3PM-6PM

85%

85% of all juvenile crime takes place between

2PM-7PM

Middle school students are slipping through the cracks! A former Indiana Department of Education Superintendent of Schools called the middle school years the “black hole” because students may “physically drop out” in high school, but they “mentally check out” in middle school. These statistics are unacceptable and cannot continue to be the norm in the public school system.

The Solution

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The Five Star Solution

Five Star Life was formed to address this crisis, eliminate the black hole and, develop in middle school students the desire to succeed and own their futures. Through proprietary curriculum and intentional mentoring, WE ARE changing the face of education by changing the mindsets of students and positively impacting the culture inside the school building. We do this by focusing all programming on 5 key areas:

  • At-risk Education & Academic Support

  • Workforce Readiness

  • Mentoring

  • Character Education

  • Experiential Learning

  • At-Risk Education & Academic Support
  • Workforce Readiness
  • Mentoring
  • Character Education
  • Experiential Learning

Starting in one school in Elkhart, Indiana, with fifty students and a handful of volunteers in 2005, Five Star Life is now serving thousands of students. This exponential growth is not a coincidence! These numbers continue to grow as new schools jump on board with the Video Curriculum in Classrooms, afterschool programming, high school leadership program, and Summit Life Leadership Camps.

Our FIVE Programs:

1. Video Curriculum for Classrooms

2. The Afterschool Program

3. The High School Leadership Program

4. Leadership Day Trips

5. Summit Life Leadership Camp

VIDEO CURRICULUM FOR CLASSROOMS

Five Star Life Video Curriculum for Classrooms is our fastest growing program! We address the root problems by partnering WITH schools to attack the issue of student engagement by challenging students academically, in character, and developing their leadership skills through peer-to-peer mentoring and experiential learning.

 

As a result, schools decrease their discipline referrals by as much as 70%! In addition to discipline referrals, schools see upward of 80% of their student body raise their GPA or maintain a 3.0 GPA. Research shows that students who participate in Five Star Life see academic increases, better school attendance (decrease in truancy), and less behavioral issues.

A school implemented the Video Curriculum throughout the school day for its entire population for a year. School administration found that it had over 5,000 less disciplinary referrals than the previous academic year!

 

Five Star Life WORKS!

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM

This program focuses on academic, character, and leadership development in a fun and challenging environment. Placed on teams with students and “Coaches”, our Core Values are instilled into students week after week, challenging them to take the lessons they have learned and use them in real life… this causes a shift in mindset for students and a culture change in schools!

HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Through workforce readiness workshops, assisting with the afterschool program, and making a commitment to focus on academics, we are able to bridge the gap from middle school to high school and help students continue on their path to success!

SUMMIT LIFE LEADERSHIP CAMPS & DAY TRIPS

These programs give students a chance to practice what they have learned throughout the year in an experiential way that extends beyond the school building at Summit. Students are presented with opportunities to put their leadership skills to test through leadership experiences. Each experience is considered a classroom and is tied to the curriculum so students are learning through experience with very intentional steps!

Every aspect of the Afterschool Program, the Video Curriculum for Classrooms, Leadership Day Trips, the High School Leadership Program, and Summit Life Leadership Camps ties back to each other in a relevant and real way that keeps students focused while they prepare for their future.

  • I LOVE the ideas included in your curriculum. I'm a 7th grade special education teacher at Navarre Intermediate and I truly want to know when you will expand to include our school. Clearly this is the missing piece needed to help the children develop into whole people who are ready for life's next step. Rarely do they have the opportunity to identify and relate to who they are and this seems to be the overall theme throughout your program.

    Aesha S. South Bend, IN
  • After several years of having the Five Star program in our building, we are convinced that Five Star is the program that we can’t live without at West Side Middle School. Students who participate in the program have shown a positive change in attitude, a desire to do better academically and a sense of respect for those around them. The success with our most at-risk students has been phenomenal!

    Kristie Stutsman West Side Middle School Principal, Elkhart, IN

Our Stats

Memorial Health Foundation funded a three year grant to measure impact and found the longer students participate in Five Star Life the higher student’s grades rise, the better their school attendance, and fewer behavioral problems occur. Our latest data reveals that over 70% of our students raised their GPA or maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher and schools decrease their discipline referrals by as much as 70%! In addition to discipline referrals, schools see upwards of 80% of their student body raise their GPA or maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students who participate in Five Star Life see academic increases, better school attendance (decrease in truancy), and less behavioral issues!

Our Vision

For years, Five Star Life has received inquiries about establishing its program in cities across the country to help combat the national epidemic. In the spring of 2014, this vision became a reality with the acquisition of Summit, our new leadership training facility. Now, teachers, principals, and schools can be trained at Summit and bring the Five Star Life model back to their communities, thus continuing the ripple effect.

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