Middle school students are slipping through the cracks. A former Indiana Department of Education Superintendent of Schools called the middle school years the “black hole” because students may “physically drop out” in high school, but they “mentally check out” in middle school. These statistics are unacceptable and cannot continue to be the norm in the public school system. Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice described the nation's failing education system as "the civil rights struggle of the day."
Five Star Life was formed to address this crisis, eliminate the black hole and, develop in middle school students the desire to succeed and own their futures. Through proprietary curriculum and intentional mentoring, Five Star Life will continue to act as a catalyst of change throughout the country. Starting in one school in Elkhart, Indiana, with fifty students and a handful of volunteers in 2005, Five Star Life can now be found in school districts across the nation, serving thousands of students. This exponential growth is not a coincidence. Five Star Life is expanding because of the measurable impact witnessed by principals, teachers, and parents.
Five Star Life focuses programming on five key areas:
1. At-risk Education and Academic Support: Five Star Life challenges students to own their academic success by weekly monitoring of their grades and holding them accountable to the academic goals established during Five Star Life.
2. Workforce Readiness: Throughout the country, employers face a widespread issue of entry-level workers who lack basic skills and workplace etiquette. Five Star Life’s emphasis on character values translates into highly prepared and appropriate workers.
3. Mentoring: Relationship has long been identified as one of the key basic needs for all students. Five Star Life utilizes the passion and dedication of volunteer mentors (coaches) to connect to students and guide them to their highest academic and personal achievements. Extensive measures are taken to ensure coaches have character, can connect with students, and have the capability to help them reach their greatest potential.
4. Character Education: Five Star Life’s Five Core Values are respect, responsibility, integrity, sacrifice, and courage. These values are instilled into students week after week via Five Star Life’s proprietary curriculum that includes tangible action steps that mentors (coaches) track and hold students accountable for. Five Star Life’s curriculum includes 33 of the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets and teaches 18 Life Skills through the Core Values.
5. Experiential Learning: Five Star Life does not simply teach students the value of academic success and the core values, but also gives them the opportunity to practice it hands-on during day-trips, service learning, and leadership camps.