VNB Community Counts: Leadership Charlottesville Project

May 20, 2011

Community Counts gives you a chance to learn more about the people and the organizations that have a positive impact on our community. This week we feature the Leadership Charlottesville Project.

Bob Byrne, Jr. joined CBS19's Bo Sykes to talk more about the project, which has partnered with the ">Structured Therapeutic Adolescent Residential Service (STARS) Program.

STARS has been in Charlottesville for nine years. To date, more than 270 teens have gone through the program. They come to STARS from all parts of the Commonwealth and are referred to the program by local social services departments, local school systems, legal guardians and other treatment facilities.

The program serves as a home for developmentally disadvantaged adolescent females and males who are in need of independent living skills. Some residents live at STARS for years, while others may stay only a few months. The average contract length is six months.

STARS has the capacity to serve up to twenty-one girls and eight boys.

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