Our STAR Youth program is here to support children and teens who have experienced family separation (adoption, foster care, kinship care) by providing an opportunity for friendship and community in a safe, supportive space. Our STAR (Supported, Thriving, Authentic & Resilient) Youth Program is grounded in the belief that youth who have experienced family separation deserve a safe, inclusive, affirming, and friendly place where they can build healthy relationships and be supported in positive identity development. Research shows that youth who forge friendships and other supportive relationships are more involved in school and have higher self-perceived social acceptance. There is no cost to families to participate.
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Our programming is geared to supporting youth and their families where they are.
STAR Youth Drop-In Center at Amara’s Family Resource Center in Tacoma
Youth ages 13 – 18 are welcome to stop in, hang out, and build community with other teens in the Midland area. The program is free and provides free snacks, games, arts & crafts, homework help, wifi, video games, basketball, and more. Amara Youth Development staff are onsite Wednesdays from 12:30 – 5:30 pm for this welcoming safe space. Also, our Family Resource Center is open for youth and their families to pick up food or other household necessities. Download our flier! Descarga nuestro folleto!
STAR Youth After-School Mentorship for Middle Schoolers in King and Pierce Counties
Middle-schoolers who have experienced family separation often have a tough time navigating the changes they face in the middle school years. Recognizing this, Amara’s Youth Development program is launching a new after-school mentorship program in January to help middle schoolers build community and confidence.
The once-a-week program at Ford Middle School in Tacoma and Cascade Middle School in Seattle is designed for middle-schoolers who have experienced family separation. It features small group time led by Amara Youth Development staff and volunteer mentors working together to support youth in a variety of enrichment and youth-led activities. This program is generously funded by King County’s Best Starts For Kids Act.
Amara is currently looking for volunteer mentors. If you have a few hours to give each week during the school year, please fill out this form. All volunteers must attend orientation, training, and must pass a background check. We will connect with you soon.
STAR Youth Family Reunions
Families who are connected with Amara and are caring for youth ages 9+ are invited to join us for quarterly get-togethers with fun, youth-focused events! Join us for holiday parties, Mariner’s games, museum visits, and more! Event dates and times to be announced.
Youth Listening Sessions
Our Youth Listening Sessions are designed to ensure that Amara’s Youth Development programs meet the needs of youth and their families in ways that are meaningful to them. Our Youth Development staff are reaching out to youth and their families to participate in these important conversations that will help inform our future programming. Participating youth will be compensated for participating in listening sessions.
For questions about any of our fall and winter programs or to find out how to get involved, please email us at email@example.com.