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

Sixteen years ago, Five Star Life embarked on a journey to fight the silent epidemic: the student dropout rate. 7,000 kids were dropping out of school every school day based on the Department of Education’s figures. Condoleezza Rice said we were in the middle of creating a two-class society: the educated and uneducated.

 Five Star Life’s mission is to change the face of culture by changing the mindsets of kids. Research shows that at the core of each person’s success or failure is a mindset.  Research also shows that kids drop out because they do not value education and ultimately do not value themselves.  Five Star Life attacks this root issue by infusing our proprietary curriculum that teaches kids how to develop successful mindsets which is the beginning of their transformation!

The Solution

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The Five Star Solution

With Five Star Life’s character, leadership, and mindset Video Curriculum as the driving force of all programming, we are serving over 17,000 kids a week. For ten weeks during the shutdown, we released our Video Curriculum to schools for free, impacting 278,139 kids across the country. We have helped as many as 80% of entire school populations raise their GPA or maintain a 3.0 or above and have worked with schools that have decreased the number of discipline referrals by as much as 70%. Research shows that kids who participate in Five Star Life see academic increases, better school attendance, and less behavioral issues.  

All programming focuses 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

Our Programs:

• Video Curriculum for Classrooms

• Five Star Life Afterschool Programs

• Summit Experiential Learning (equine, nature education, adventure, target learning, arts)

• Five Star Life Sports

• Professional Development for Educators

VIDEO CURRICULUM FOR CLASSROOMS

Engaging every child by teaching mindsets that transform them from the inside out. This program is character education, leadership and mindset development, climate building, and peer mentoring, all wrapped into one teacher-friendly package.

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

Designed to help kids integrate soft skills through the character, leadership, and mindset curriculum along with a variety of specific hard skills that includes: archery, art, dance, teambuilding, creative writing, and more.

SUMMIT EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Integrating the soft skills kids develop through the character, leadership, and mindset curriculum with a variety of specific hard skills. Summit, our 300-acre training facility, provides the perfect on-ramp for kids to pursue and develop these hard skills, an introduction to a new world of possibilities, while also focusing on mindset development.

FIVE STAR LIFE SPORTS

Designed to create and develop champion athletes by offering training and competitive travel tournaments for kids. While the skills we develop might be impressive and give us notoriety, it’s crucial for kids to realize they are more than the sports they play. A healthy mindset is the only way they will truly succeed.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATORS

Professional development tailored to the needs of the school and educator. Work with us to provide an incredible experience for your staff that will develop skills, build confidence, and prepare them for the classroom!

  • 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 kids participate in Five Star Life the higher child’s grades rise, the better their school attendance, and fewer behavioral problems occur. Our latest data reveals that over 70% of our kids 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. Kids 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 leadership training facility in Union, Michigan. Now, educators and kids 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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