STAR Achiever Program

Henry Davison Youth Center-Kirkwood Community College
STAR” Achiever Program
(Success, Teamwork, Attitude, Respect)

This program has created a partnership between the Henry Davison Youth Center, Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center and McKinley Middle School which  provides chosen middle school students the opportunity to visit the Kirkwood Linn County Regional Center and receive an overview of courses of study that will be available to them when in high school at no cost to the student.

Students receive one hour exposure to the fields of Auto Tech and Collision, Architecture, Construction and Engineering, Advanced Manufacturing and Welding, Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Pre-Professional Health Careers, and a Career Inventory Assessment.  Most of these result in certifications after high school that offer immediate employment opportunities.  During the summer the STAR Achiever Program provides additional opportunities and skill experiences that are new, interesting and challenging to students.

We are all too aware of the issues confronting youth in Cedar Rapids.  Recently some of these have resulted in violent events right here in our own neighborhoods.  Studies indicate lack of career planning, lack of schooling that supports the career planning and lack of job opportunities in a career field after high school contribute to these unfortunate events. The Henry Davison Youth Center has taken the lead to counter these trends by creating the STAR Achiever Program.  

This program is supported totally by donations and grants.  If anyone would like more information, to schedule a presentation or to make a donation, please contact Steve Springer at [email protected] or call at 319-270-9315. Or visit our “Get Involved” Donations page on this website.

Star Achiever Activities 2016-2017

These pictures are some of the Kirkwood experiences from the 2016-2017 school year.  Some of these classes will be repeated during school year 2017-2018, but will have variations that will continue to challenge the students