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STARS Nashville

Last Updated: 7/23/2014 3:48:19 PM


STARS Nashville


1704 Charlotte Avenue
Suite 200

Nashville, TN 37203-

Primary Phone

(615) 279-0058

Primary Fax

(615) 279-0056

Contact Email



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CEO/Executive Director

Mr. Rodger Dinwiddie

Board Chair

Ms. Sperry Bell Stadler

Board Chair Company Affiliation

ABF Freight System

Board Members


Year of Incorporation


Former Names

Center for Youth Issues, INC. (2008)

Project 714 (2000)

Students Staying Straight (1989)

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STARS exists to serve schools and communities by providing prevention, intervention, and treatment services, addressing bullying, substance abuse, violence, and other social and emotional barriers to success.

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Student Assistance Program (SAP) Services

Kids on the Block

School and Community Trainings

Youth Overcoming Drug Abuse (YODA)

Services for Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

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