Hope Academy, the recovery high school at Fairbanks, recently received a $20,000 grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate. This grant will be used to begin the STARR program at Hope Academy. The STARR program will allow a select group of identified students to be in a Supportive, Therapeutic, Action-focused, Recovery Room (STARR) as they begin to adjust to the sober community at the school.
The STARR program will provide resources to students in very early recovery, helping them put their education and recovery back on track for success. Over the last five years at Hope Academy, numerous mid course adjustments have been made to assess the learning styles, capacities and unique needs of our substance-impacted students. This program will be designed to meet the emotional, behavioral, social and educational needs of students that have struggled with years of substance abuse. Once students in the STARR classroom have completed the program requirements, they will join their peers in the traditional Hope Academy class structure. The implementation of this program will assist in providing a distinct, sub-population of students with a specially tailored and staffed program within the Core 40 curriculum.
"We are very grateful for this grant as it will enable us to provide students in early recovery with the necessary tools for them to excel in high school and engage in a sober, recovery-focused lifestyle,” said Gale Stone, Principal of Hope Academy.
The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate was created in 1916 and is Indiana’s oldest and largest community foundation. Their goal is to ensure that the quality of life in Marion County continuously improves; to help where the needs are greatest and the benefits to the community are most extensive; and to provide donors a vehicle for using their gifts in the best possible way now, and in the future as conditions in the community change.