Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention


FRIENDS FIRST, of Littleton, Colorado, was awarded a three-year federal grant through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) through the US Department of Justice. This funding is to implement 24 weeks of programing in high schools throughout five states including, Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas.
Partner schools in each state were randomly assigned by an independent evaluator to receive either the STARS Mentoring Program or the Positive Action program.

 STARS Mentoring Program

The STARS Mentoring Program was developed in 1996 in order to provide peer role-models for younger students to help them make healthy choices. STARS stands for Students Teaching About Relationships and Success. Designed using the criteria of the National Mentoring Partnership, the STARS Mentoring Program utilizes primary theoretical frameworks including Positive Youth Development, Character, the 40 Developmental Assets, Bandura’s Theory of Self-Efficacy, and the Social Norming Theory, to create a youth-driven peer mentoring program. STARS has been implemented successfully in urban, suburban, and rural areas across the country.