During these challenging times, it is natural to be in despair, frustration, and fear. But more than ever, it is the time to move forward because problems and difficulties do not last forever. STAHRS (STudent Athletes for Healthy RelationshipS), a grassroots organization that makes a difference by finding solutions to society’s many issues. With education and guidance as a tool, STAHRS inspires the youth to find and hold onto hope even amid the community’s uncertain future.
After Duane F. Barone worked closely with clients and mentors, he started STAHRS, a nonprofit organization that aims to be the change. From experiences, materials, counseling, and information in understanding human behaviors, the organization resonates with a wide range of audiences and clients. With a curriculum created from the knowledge acquired over time, teens and adults regain a sense of confidence, safety, motivation, self-control, and overall getting back in life.
Through STAHRS, the primary objective is to reduce violence by educating the youth about the basics of human psychology and behaviors as their goal. The realization that a clinical treatment program develops from personal connectivity drives Duane’s desire to get the information into the hands and heads of the students. The organization’s entire professional team believes in the complexities of “how our past affects today and tomorrow.” Thus, their mission is to lower the trajectory of violence in today’s schools.
In their bucket list is the desire to expand their services to veterans suffering from PTSD and physical limitations using talk therapies and recreational rehabilitation using racquetball. Such programs can benefit veterans suffering from PTSD for mental, emotional, and physical rehabilitation, overcome trauma, and understand who they are, including their baggage and its effects on human interactions.
STAHRS also hopes to reduce every issue concerning relationships, such as teen dating violence, bullying, sexual assaults, and substance abuse. They do this by empowering students with the knowledge and perspectives necessary to navigate the pitfalls and programming given to them by their parents or any other source. Concerning this, STAHRS founder Duane F. Barone, says, “I believe that the curricula developed will educate students to the level where they can become the solution to the problem.”
Efforts of STAHRS include disseminating their Anti-Bullying and Relationships 101 curricula. Through this, the organization hopes to educate student-athletes, alongside the entire school, and reach an understanding of each other on issues surrounding interpersonal violence. STAHRS is a platform where ambassadors of change within the student body bloom to help their peers during these trying times.
STAHRS centers purposefully on student-athletes for several factors. Although already seen as student leaders and positive role models, many negative factors and patterns contribute to their focus. Most male clients over the years are aligned to sports in high school. They acknowledge the predatory nature of young males in certain activities during high school. Male clients even admit that conversations held in the locker rooms before and after the sports games reinforce these harmful attitudes and behavior.
Thus STAHRS’ motto is “Changing Locker Room Behaviors and Attitudes” to educate young men about respect for women and themselves. The company also values women and shows this by helping them to never settle for disrespect, abuse, or being devalued.
STAHRS is willing to address sensitive topics and impart hope for the future. They explain how one’s power can influence the chaos occurring in our communities. By and by, the organization knows there are solutions through understanding the human experience and each other, bringing compassion and empathy, later resulting in significant improvements down the road.
Learn more about STAHRS by visiting their website.