STAR Youth Program - Amara

STAR Youth Program

Kids who have experienced the foster care system have often experienced trauma and disruption. Providing them with an opportunity for friendship and community in a safe, supportive space with peers who have similar experiences can help them heal and build self-confidence. Our STAR (Supported, Thriving, Authentic & Resilient) Youth Program is grounded in the belief that youth who have experienced foster care 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.

We are now registering for our summer 2023 programming. Download our flier for complete information.

Amara’s STAR Youth Program works to bring youth currently or formerly in foster care together for fun and friendship with a focus on social emotional learning and affirming activities that help youth know their own stories and create a positive sense of self.

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STAR Youth Program FAQs

Learn more about our free STAR Youth Program.

Amara’s STAR Youth Development program is designed for youth in King and Pierce counties who have experienced the foster care system. Kids will participate in age groups with Amara facilitators.

Groups meet at our Seattle campus at 5907 Martin Luther King Jr Way S and at our Tacoma campus at 3501 104th St. E.

Our STAR Youth group in King County at our Seattle office will meet from 9 am – 2 pm on these days:

    • July 10-14
    • July 17-21
    • July 31-Aug 4
    • Aug 7-11

Our STAR Youth group in Pierce County at our Tacoma office will meet from 9 am – 2 pm the week of Aug. 21 – Aug. 25.

STAR programming is trauma-informed, culturally and age-appropriate, and features an evidenced-based social-emotional (SEL) curriculum. Activities include community-building time, share-outs, SEL and identity-development activities such as dance, music, art, sports, writing, group work, homework or skills review, individual reflection, facilitated discussion, and play/unstructured time.

Not at this time. We hope to add this support in the future.

Amara’s STAR Youth Development program is generously funded by the King County Best Starts for Kids initiative, Pierce County Youth Violence Prevention funding, and the Washington State Department of Commerce. Donor and community support for the program is always welcome; you can support the STAR Youth Program by giving online or through any of Amara’s other Ways to Give.

For more information, please email us at or give us a call at 206-260-1700.


Amara’s STAR Youth program receives funding from the King County Best Starts for Kids levy. 


Amara occasionally texts clients to best coordinate our services. By agreeing to receive services from Amara, you agree to receive individualized communications from us via text. Clients can always opt out of receiving texts by contacting us at