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STARR Teen Esteem and Leadership

STARR is specifically designed to empower at-risk teenage girls, ages 14-18, who may be struggling with debilitating self-esteem and confidence issues. Participation in STARR will support these girls in developing a strong sense of self, and equipping them to make healthier choices, in order to thrive academically, economically, and socially. The participating girls come from all socio-economic conditions; most whose parents cannot afford to register their daughters in such a dynamic program. Low self-worth is prevalent amongst a high percentage of teen girls, and if there is no intervention, the consequences can be serious (Dove Self-Esteem Fund – 2008). Seven in ten girls ages 15-17 believe they are not good enough; they simply do not measure up in some way, including their body images, performance in school, and in relationships. Within this population of girls we find, in large part, eating disorders, substance abuse, cutting, bullying, and early sexual activity.

The theme for the STARR Project Teen-Esteem & Leadership Experience in July was “Masterpiece”. The teen participants began their experience by drawing out each other’s body shapes. During the five days, they filled them in with positive stuff, drawing in their hearts, their strengths, accomplishments, then gave each other words to describe the beauty they saw in each other … inside and out. Then we posted the art on the walls around the room. Their contracts were written on a small canvas, they were given a palette and brush to remind them that they can continue to fill in their best selves as they make healthier choices in their lives. And, one of the staff brought them each a beret, directly from Paris, to display their artistry … the women of expression and substance they had become.  Most often, teens respond much better to a group dynamic than to a one-on-one therapeutic process.

The Teens Will Learn To …

  • Build trust in themselves & others
  • Learn to communicate more honestly & effectively with parents and others
  • Overcome bullying, low sense of self, abuse or a negative event in their lives
  • Develop their own self-esteem and express more confidence
  • Create a higher sense of self (self-image)
  • Break through the barriers holding them back and causing distress
  • Set and achieve their goals to ultimately live their dreams
  • Experience total support from their peers
  • Be more influential as a leader
  • Learn the success principles that result in better grades and a winning life

 STARR Mission 

To develop and empower at-risk teenage girls to be confident, equipped, and influential leaders through participation in the dynamic STARR Life and Leadership Course with follow-up coaching over 90 days. STARR stands for Succeed through Accountable, Responsible Resolve.

STARR consists of several programs available to the teens and their mothers. It all starts with the 3-Day Life and Leadership Course which will be available in Sacramento, California, starting early spring 2017. Early registration is recommended with a $95 donation to CARTE. Space is limited to 18 girls.

STARR 3-Day Life and Leadership Course with 90 days of coaching follow-up for at-risk teen girls, ages 14-18.

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3 Day Life and Leadership Course Registration – $95 Donation Deposit

Fees vary depending on program or number in groups. Scholarships are available on a pre-qualified basis for every program.

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Teen Testimonials


Here is what two teenagers said about STARR:



We Need Your Support

Partner with LEAP and CARTE to help develop scholarships for underprivileged teen girls who would have fewer opportunities to learn the principles of life success. Their participation in the STARR experience will boldly encourage and inspire them to take action in redefining themselves as victors. See lower part of this page to find out how you can participate in sponsoring a teen.

Sponsor a Teen

Bobbi DiClaudio presents the STARR Teen-Esteem Project and Leadership Experience at Inspired Women Event!

All it would take for the forces of evil to triumph in this world is for a few good women to do nothing.” – A paraphrase of Edmund Burke’s quote (1700’s).

More than ever, this quote is relevant today. Though the world is being confronted by negativity in so many ways, dedicated women are still taking a stand and doing whatever they can to make this world a better place. Debra Dion Krischke, the founder of Inspired Women Paying it Forward, is one of those amazing women. She is lighting up the world with her concept of building a women’s philanthropic networking group. The first benefactor of Debra’s ambitious program was CARTE-Child Abuse Resolved through Education, a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Bobbi DiClaudio and Dominique Poncet of Pittsburgh, volunteers with CARTE, gave a dynamic presentation on the STARR Teen-Esteem Project and Leadership Experience for at-risk teen girls. CARTE is an all-volunteer organization so funds are used directly to produce STARR. We believe that in today’s world women are the tipping point of peace and prosperity. These women, and those who generously donated, represent leadership in action! The teens who graduate from STARR will be empowered and supported by these committed models to become future leaders for other teens.


STARR received a grant from The Pollination Project. This will provide an opportunity for us to develop a video of the STARR experience. Thank you to all our grantors, both private and foundations.    

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Please go to our donation button and give generously. There are several ways you can participate as a STARR partner.

Silver STARR Partner – Your donation of $250 will provide tuition towards scholarships for underprivileged teens for the 3-Day event with 90 days of follow- up coaching, where teens will create a community project as a team. All donations are tax deductible

GOLD STARR Partner – Your donation of $500 will provide funding towards the 3-Day Event, which includes accommodations, healthy food, all materials, and self-defense training for the full program and the 90 days of follow-up coaching, where teens will create a community project as a team. All donations are tax deductible.

Platinum STARR Partner – Your donation of $1,000 will provide funding towards the 3-Day Event, which includes accommodations, healthy food, all materials, and self-defense training for the full program, along with 90 days of follow-up coaching where teens will create a community project as a team. All donations are tax deductible.