Ask now for S.T.A.R.S. programs at your local YMCA, Park District or School District!

Upcoming S.T.A.R.S. Events and Fund Raisers

          March 21st - Pump It Up

          May 10th - Chicago Pizza Tours

New programs beginning October through January

What is S.T.A.R.S. International? S.T.A.R.S. is an acronym for Scuba Training for At-Risk Students, a program which is designed to introduce scuba diving to at-risk youth as a positive-diversionary activity for teens lacking a structured activity in thier life.

S.T.A.R.S. International
is excited to announce an expanded set of training activities for 2013 which now include; 1-Day Discover Scuba sessions, 4 Day S.T.A.R.S. Mini-camps, and our traditional 10 month S.T.A.R.S. International at-risk youth program. The non-profit venture is currently accepting inquiries from potential 2014 hosts and for 2013 Discover Scuba events and mini-camps. Teen candidates (ages 13-18) must be nominated by December 20th for the 2014 program.

If you are interested in volunteering for S.T.A.R.S. International please contact Phil Seils ( for further information. S.T.A.R.S. International continues to seek out corporate growth opportunities both within and beyond the Chicago area. For questions and inquiries relating to programs, sponsorship, schedules, personal/group training, or equipment, please contact our leadership at, or call 815-687-8277. All inquiries will be responded to within 48 hours.

Our Mission

S.T.A.R.S. International serves as a catalyst, fostering family/community collaboration to strategically mentor/coach at-risk youth. Our Signature program provides unique multi-faceted challenges, experiential learning, and training opportunities that promote maturity, fitness, and personal development. This ground-breaking approach prompts participants to channel their personal energy in positive ways yielding unprecedented lifelong personal, educational, and career goals/strategies by each graduate.




Please support marine conservation

S.T.A.R.S. International strongly supports world wide marine wildlife conservation efforts. With this in mind please check out the interviews of Captain Paul Watson and Steve Roest, the CEO of Sea Shepherd. While some may question their tactics, no one can question their love and concern of the world's oceans and the marine life that it holds. Please check out the videos here for more information,

S.T.A.R.S. International also supports Project Aware, please check out

Please check out this informative poster about the destruction of the ocean simply by the trash that is improperly discarded. For a pdf version of this poster please click here.