STAR focuses on practical ways students can effectively help refugees. We raise awareness among students and mobilize them to positive action. 

Why I Started STAR

STAR (Students Together Assisting Refugees) was founded in 2015 at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati with the goal of increasing awareness about the global refugee crisis and raising aid for refugees. Since its inception, STAR has grown tremendously in Cincinnati and across the nation.

25 September 2016

Volunteering at a local school

7 July 2016

Group outing at Winton Woods Park.

In the fall of 2015, with the refugees crisis unfolding, I wanted to do something. So I started Students Together Assisting Refugees (STAR).

Star Refugees - Students Together Assisting Refugees

Our Mission

25 May 2016

Refugee soccer tournament at Withrow.

"STAR can connect with students and set an example of how to be a leader and be a role model for them...Refugees need help for many years after they come. It's good if we have friends or people we trust to ask questions ...or to advise us."


Rupa Dhaurali,

A Bhutanese Refugee 

Who We Are

The Lives We Impact

A Few Past Events

​STAR, Students Together Assisting Refugees, is a student organization dedicated to helping refugees. We work to make sure that refugees have happy, successful lives in their newly adopted communities. 

“We are just students who see an injustice in the world and our potential to help even just one child for one day."  


Margaret Conte,

STAR Volunteer