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STAR helps young women succeed

Sisters Together Achieving Results helps young women in the Rochester area succeed in school and life.
Sisters Together Achieving Results helps young women in the Rochester area succeed in school and life.

Sisters Together Achieving Results (STAR) CEO Keischa Higdon and Maya Rochon, a graduating senior at Our Lady of Mercy, discussed the program and its impact Friday on News 8 at Noon.

Higdon said STAR is preventive mentoring education program for young women in grades 9-12.  The goal is to see participants graduate from high school without becoming a teenage parent, as well as meeting the requirements of the Board of Education to advance to the next grade level. 

Alumni from the Rochester Debutante Club helped form STAR 11 years ago.  Since then, nearly 100 young women have successfully graduated from the program.  Rochon said it helped build her self-esteem and identify healthy relationships.  At first, Rochon said she was unsure about STAR, but quickly came to appreciate and enjoy the program thanks to the mentorship and sisterhood it offers.

Each spring, a STAR Debutante Cotillion is held to celebrate the advancement and graduation of the participants.  This year's event will take place on April 26 at the Rochester Plaza Hotel.  Each graduate will be escorted by an important male figure in her life (father, grandfather, anyone who's been significant in their lives) and make her debut into society wearing a white gown.  Those advancing from grades 9-11 will also have a rite of passage celebration.

To learn more about Sisters Together Achieving Results, click here.

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