For those of you that do not know about our STAR (Students That Accept Responsibility) take a look at this terrific article about the Tidewater Lacrosse program. http://www.uslacrosse.org/blog/youthful-ambassadors-spreading-lacrosse-goodwill
This year will mark the 18th time I will speaking at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Baltimore. I will be presenting our STAR program which was the brainchild of my wife Mary Jo 10 years ago. The STAR program much like the Tidewater youth ambassadors (mentioned in the above article) is something that young people can wrap their arms around and help others. Our STAR’s are committed young men/women who want to help spread the great game of lacrosse.
About the STAR program:
Our STAR’s are upstanding members of the community that recognize the value of volunteering their time and energy to provide a wonderful experience to everyone who comes out to enjoy lacrosse. As the name implies, we cultivate a culture of responsibility at our fields where our volunteers are expected to show up on time, work hard, engage with the players and coaches, assume leadership roles and, most importantly, have fun.
- S.T.A.R.s learn how to behave professionally in a work environment
- They learn how to properly communicate their availability through e-mail
- As our S.T.A.R.s grow older their responsibilities grow as well.
- S.T.A.R.s learn how to use criticism to their advantage because occasionally mistakes will happen. We do not shy from critiquing the work of any S.T.A.R. but we do provide an environment where mistakes are okay because they are the only way to learn.
Many schools in Georgia require volunteer hours, many colleges like seeing applicants who have volunteered in their community. Our S.T.A.R. program provides ample opportunities for students to accumulate volunteer hours along with the potential to earn a paycheck.
S.T.A.R.s are a very visible part of our lacrosse program and they understand that their actions while working reflect the character of Atlanta Youth Lacrosse.
We expect all of our volunteers to respect players, parents, and their fellow volunteers.