What's New in the New Year at S.T.A.R.S.forum COURIER & See-N-Save Neighborhood News
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S.T.A.R.S. is continuously growing, and this year is no exception. The opening of the second floor in December has made it possible to not only expand in size, but to develop in diversity, as well, providing something for everyone.
The Harry Potter Book Club and the return of the Storybook Club will now enjoy the use of the reading room on the second floor. The dance clinics and workshops have much more space to strut their stuff on the main floor downstairs.
Other new and exciting programs include the D.J. and Video Instruction where teens can have hands on training and learn how to use this equipment. The program is part of the job readiness component at S.T.A.R.S. Youth will be learning skills that are marketable. Frances O. Scarantino, President/Founder of S.T.A.R.S. stated, "The goal here is that the participants will eventually be able to earn income, possibly start their own business, as a result of these programs. This is a new technological field, and these services aren't offered anywhere else in our area."
Also new to the Youth Center is the Latin Dance Workshop scheduled for later on in the year. "Latin dance is increasing in popularity, so we are just keeping up the trends," Scarantino added. These new workshops and clinics will complement many of the existing programs.
S.T.A.R.S. will soon be introducing the return of some old favorites, but with a twist. For example, Last year's Girl Talk will be coming back as Girl's Night In. This class will give the young ladies a chance to have in-depth discussion on various topics of concern to females in an ever-changing society.
With the enlargement of the S.T.A.R.S. facility and the expanding programs, the next step was the growth of the Board of Directors. Presently S.T.A.R.S. has two new board members Joan Ford and Tom Chiofolo. Joan Ford is a mother of three. Ms. Ford and her children have been involved with S.T.A.R.S. for quite some time now. When asked, Ford stated, "I wanted to be part of this team of dedicated people, so I too can make a difference."
Tom Chiofolo is a life-long resident of Howard Beach. He is a practicing attorney and has been involved with many worthy non-profit organizations. Chiofolo reported, "I have always sought to impact my life's experience and share my passions and time with others. I drive immense satisfaction from teaching children the little I have learned in my life." Both individuals will be a fine addition to the hard working and devoted Board of Directors at S.T.A.R.S.
For more detailed information regarding join the Board of Directors, or the programs, dates and times, log onto www.starsyouthcenter.com or call (718) 845-6956.