STAR was created with the conviction that a hand up – not a hand out – better serves the needs of the people in our community.

Since 1997, the STAR Foundation has helped transform the lives of over 1,300 individuals by teaching them the necessary skills to become more self-sufficient.

As we explain the important values of accountability and responsibility, our students discover a sense of personal dignity and self-empowerment. We prepare each student for successful employment through a program based on computer, financial and work readiness education.

The success of the STAR program is evidenced by:


Atlanta Johnson

Atlanta Johnson

STAR Foundation is a place where you can gain a better understanding of computers and you can become more of a positive person than you are now. I am here because I want to have a better life for me and my son, have a full time job and my own place and car. They teach you how to better yourself so you can achieve your dreams. You can decide what is right for yourself and reach out for the stars. I smile because I’m living and thankful for everything.
2017-12-07T18:50:04+00:00
Atlanta Johnson
STAR Foundation is a place where you can gain a better understanding of computers and you can become more of a positive person than you are now. I am here because I want to have a better life for me and my son, have a full time job and my own place and car. They teach you how to better yourself so you can achieve your dreams. You can decide what is right for yourself and reach out for the stars. I smile because I’m living and thankful for everything.

Melody Pickren

I was fired from a job where I had worked for 13 years. Although I thought I was a pretty good person, getting fired was devastating. STAR put a mirror in front of me so I could see what a really worthwhile person I was. I had no computer skills at all but gained the confidence I needed to actually apply and interview for jobs where I would need this. I met some great women whom I came to love and think very highly of. They are my friends, and we laughed together and helped each other.
2017-12-07T18:50:45+00:00
I was fired from a job where I had worked for 13 years. Although I thought I was a pretty good person, getting fired was devastating. STAR put a mirror in front of me so I could see what a really worthwhile person I was. I had no computer skills at all but gained the confidence I needed to actually apply and interview for jobs where I would need this. I met some great women whom I came to love and think very highly of. They are my friends, and we laughed together and helped each other.
Helen Ladson

Helen Ladson

STAR Foundation opened my eyes and my heart. The teachers there helped me get to the first rung of a very tall ladder, and I know they will continue to be supportive every step of the way. They believed in me. I found my internal glow—my drive—and my confidence to go out into the world with my head held high and a smile on my face.
2017-12-07T18:51:20+00:00
Helen Ladson
STAR Foundation opened my eyes and my heart. The teachers there helped me get to the first rung of a very tall ladder, and I know they will continue to be supportive every step of the way. They believed in me. I found my internal glow—my drive—and my confidence to go out into the world with my head held high and a smile on my face.

Curtissa Frazier

Before I came into this program I was lost and didn’t know how to get out of my situation. I am very thankful that the teachers at the STAR Foundation cared enough to see the good in me. They took the time to listen, to talk, and to teach me that there are rules in life and they showed me that I can exceed expectations if I want it badly enough.
2017-12-07T18:51:58+00:00
Before I came into this program I was lost and didn’t know how to get out of my situation. I am very thankful that the teachers at the STAR Foundation cared enough to see the good in me. They took the time to listen, to talk, and to teach me that there are rules in life and they showed me that I can exceed expectations if I want it badly enough.
Juanita Evans

Juanita Evans

At STAR, I started a new chapter along with a new journey. I had wanted to work for SEPA (Southeastern Pathology Associates) even before I took the STAR class and am now employed there as a Lab Technician.
2017-12-07T19:04:15+00:00
Juanita Evans
At STAR, I started a new chapter along with a new journey. I had wanted to work for SEPA (Southeastern Pathology Associates) even before I took the STAR class and am now employed there as a Lab Technician.

Charlotte Demps

The most important thing I have learned at STAR is how to set your goals and achieve them. After being unemployed for more than a year, I am now working at the Southeast Georgia Health System’s Senior Care Center. I plan to go to the College of Coastal Georgia in 2014 to get a degree in Criminal Justice.
2017-12-07T19:04:45+00:00
The most important thing I have learned at STAR is how to set your goals and achieve them. After being unemployed for more than a year, I am now working at the Southeast Georgia Health System’s Senior Care Center. I plan to go to the College of Coastal Georgia in 2014 to get a degree in Criminal Justice.

 

Employers

The goal of STAR Foundation of Coastal Georgia is to help adults learn skills that will prepare them to find meaningful long-term employment. Since 1997 STAR graduates have been hired by 365 different local businesses. The top employers of our graduates are:

  • eBay (formerly GSI Commerce)
  • Sea Island Company
  • Southeast Georgia Health System
  • Walmart
  • King and Prince Seafood
  • Gateway Behavioral Services
  • McDonald’s
  • FLETC
  • Winn-Dixie
  • Friendly Express
  • Hampton Inn
  • Burger King
  • The King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort
  • Magnolia Manor
  • Rich Products Corporation
  • Brunswick Housing Authority
  • Gracemore Nursing Home
  • IAP (International Auto Processoring)

 

The STAR Foundation is an amazing organization…

...that truly transforms the lives of people in many ways. From the passion of its staff, to the commitment of its students good things are happening there! They empower people, enrich lives, and graduate outstanding individuals who will complement their place of employment. Our community is blessed to have the STAR Foundation.

Dr. Greg Aloia, President, College of Coastal Georgia

2017-12-14T16:00:09+00:00

Dr. Greg Aloia, President, College of Coastal Georgia

...that truly transforms the lives of people in many ways. From the passion of its staff, to the commitment of its students good things are happening there! They empower people, enrich lives, and graduate outstanding individuals who will complement their place of employment. Our community is blessed to have the STAR Foundation.

The STAR Foundation has made a significant difference…

...in our community by preparing unemployed people to be great employees. They provide a hand up – not a hand out.


Woody Woodside, The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce

2017-12-14T16:00:52+00:00

Woody Woodside, The Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce

...in our community by preparing unemployed people to be great employees. They provide a hand up – not a hand out.

The STAR Foundation is a tremendous organization…

...that teaches individuals how to succeed in the workplace and prosper. I especially love the attention they give their students around budgeting and money management to ensure that the wages they make will be managed well. Their students learn the computer, customer service and problem resolutions skills that are so critical to being successful. The STAR Foundation’s impact is truly valuable to the economic growth of our community.

Mark Stovall, Sun Trust Bank

2017-12-14T16:01:33+00:00

Mark Stovall, Sun Trust Bank

...that teaches individuals how to succeed in the workplace and prosper. I especially love the attention they give their students around budgeting and money management to ensure that the wages they make will be managed well. Their students learn the computer, customer service and problem resolutions skills that are so critical to being successful. The STAR Foundation’s impact is truly valuable to the economic growth of our community.

The STAR Foundation provides…

...the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation with a tremendous opportunity to invest in improving the quality of life for the people living in Glynn County by providing instruction about individual life skills and educational enhancements. They not only “teach people how to fish” but also assist them with “access to the pond.

Jeff Barker, President, SMUMC Foundation

2017-12-14T16:02:14+00:00

Jeff Barker, President, SMUMC Foundation

...the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation with a tremendous opportunity to invest in improving the quality of life for the people living in Glynn County by providing instruction about individual life skills and educational enhancements. They not only “teach people how to fish” but also assist them with “access to the pond.

STAR Foundation fills a void in our community…

...and assists in rebuilding a brighter, more successful future for each person involved in their program. In addition to career and financing skills gained, STAR creates a sense of purpose, value and community among its participants. STAR adds tremendously to our workforce productivity and quality while transforming lives and families.

Julie Martin, City Commissioner of Brunswick

2017-12-14T16:02:46+00:00

Julie Martin, City Commissioner of Brunswick

...and assists in rebuilding a brighter, more successful future for each person involved in their program. In addition to career and financing skills gained, STAR creates a sense of purpose, value and community among its participants. STAR adds tremendously to our workforce productivity and quality while transforming lives and families.

As a supporter of STAR for many years…

...I have enjoyed seeing your graduates succeed in their careers. Your program is one of the best investments I have ever made in a nonprofit because the computer skills, job skills, and life skills you teach touch lives, create bright futures and build a stronger workforce for Coastal Georgia.

Jeannie Manning, Founding Member, Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

2017-12-14T16:04:03+00:00

Jeannie Manning, Founding Member, Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

...I have enjoyed seeing your graduates succeed in their careers. Your program is one of the best investments I have ever made in a nonprofit because the computer skills, job skills, and life skills you teach touch lives, create bright futures and build a stronger workforce for Coastal Georgia.

If you think education is expensive…

...try ignorance.

Derek Bok, President of Harvard University

2017-12-14T16:05:19+00:00

Derek Bok, President of Harvard University

...try ignorance.

Do your little bit of good where you are…

...it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

Desmond Tutu, Anti-Apartheid & Human Rights Activist

2017-12-14T16:06:31+00:00

Desmond Tutu, Anti-Apartheid & Human Rights Activist

...it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

STAR Foundation – good folks, doing important work, making the world better!

...I've known Ellen since elementary school. What a competent and kind soul! STAR is a perfect example of teaching folks how to fish – a much more meaningful gift than giving them a fish!

Dianne Hiltman, Author

2017-12-14T16:07:10+00:00

Dianne Hiltman, Author

...I've known Ellen since elementary school. What a competent and kind soul! STAR is a perfect example of teaching folks how to fish – a much more meaningful gift than giving them a fish!

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is…

...what are you doing for others?

Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist

2017-12-14T16:08:00+00:00

Martin Luther King Jr., Civil Rights Activist

...what are you doing for others?

 

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