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Starling's Peer Mentorship Program

Connecting Our Stories To Lead Change

Imagine a place where you can connect with others who understand the stress and stigma of parental substance use. Imagine feeling empowered to share your story and create change. Introducing Starling's Peer Mentorship, a free program where you can join workshops on stress, stigma, human rights, and storytelling.

Discover your leadership skills and build a strong sense of identity and agency. Join us at Starlings, where we embrace an anti-oppressive, healing-centered approach, recognizing the profound impact of systemic barriers on our lives. Empower yourself as the leader you are and inspire change in others.

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Join our Peer Mentorship Program waitlist for September 2024 Intake

Please fill out the form below and our team will get in touch for a virtual interview to see your capacity for joining the 8 week program.

Which time/day is best for you to attend for 2 hours?
Is this your first time attending?

Who should join?

Are you 18+ and have lived experience with the stigma of a parent's substance use? Do you want to feel connected to others with similar experiences? Are you nervous to use your voice to advocate for others who grow up with the stigma of a parent's substance use but are eager to see changes in how our communities support impacted youth and families? 

Lastly, you have the capacity to join 2-hour sessions for 8 weeks?


Then you should join us. 

Starlings Peer Mentee and Volunteer

Joining Starlings and understanding that the reason I was being misunderstood or brushed off time after time was not me or my family, but the stigma external to us, made a huge difference in how I perceived myself, my parents, and the social interactions around parental substance use. Furthermore, connecting with others with similar experiences provided me with a compassionate community. 

What can you expect?

Joining the Starlings Peer Leadership Program means embarking on a transformative journey where you'll:


  • Explore how stress and stigma shape the narratives we weave about ourselves, our emotions, behaviors, and experiences.

  • Forge meaningful connections with peers who share similar experiences, providing a supportive community where you can find understanding and solidarity.

  • Experience the power of shared storytelling, where your voice is not only heard but validated. Gain valuable tools to better understand and articulate your own story, empowering you to break free from the constraints of stigma.

  • Draw inspiration from local leaders who have navigated similar challenges and emerged as catalysts for change in their communities. Witness firsthand how personal experiences can be harnessed to lead impactful transformations.

  • Cultivate a newfound sense of confidence and hope in yourself, equipped with the skills and support to make a tangible difference in your own life and the lives of others.

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You Will Do Big Things

Looking for our peer resources?

Stories, resources, and supports for our peers, by starlings peers.

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