Turning art into a global
message of hope

In response to tragedies such as mass violence and natural disasters, we use art-making in the form of a star to give hope, show compassion, and promote healing.

Our work

Stars of HOPE is a unique community art and disaster relief initiative started by the New York Says Thank You Foundation in 2007. The program provides research-based coping techniques to those who have experienced tragedy, as well as compassionate emotional and social support from other survivors and professionals. 

Together WE Make An Impact

The mission of Stars of HOPE is an innovative program that brings communities together to make a positive difference in the lives and futures they touch. In 2019 FSU researchers conducted a groundbreaking study on how this incredible initiative impacts its participants—and found it has lasting effects beyond expectations!  

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Stars of HOPE Created
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Basis School

How You Can Help Make An Impact

Supporting Stars of HOPE is an opportunity for you to play a critical role in the emotional wellness of individuals and communities around the world impacted by tragedy. 

A Constellation of Human Connection

Together we grow empathy and compassion for communities throughout the world; together we are pioneering communal therapeutic art at a global scale; together we combat loneliness…


“My mom was shot twice in san Bernardino… i’m only 11. So If I can get past it so can you. I hope you get past this, and live your life.”

Ellie Paez San Bernardino, CA

"It was truly a labor of love making the stars with my little boy...it was the best way I could explain any part of that tragedy to him. I just told him that I don't know why bad things happen and sometimes you just have be the good you want to see in this crazy world."

Faith Leonard Volunteer & Mom - Arizona

"How can a piece of wood shaped into a star have such power? These little colored stars began popping up on our trees, utility poles, broken and battered fences. I didn’t know where they came from. They just catch your eye in the middle of chaos and sadness. I’ve learned more about these little things and their unseemly way of changing a moment.

Elizabeth Treston Hurricane Sandy
    Upcoming Projects
    Jul 02
    All day
    St. Louis, MO - The Magic House







    Due to the current landscape surrounding the current health crisis, all regional “HOPE Banks” are condensed to our “National Hope Bank.” 

    National Stars of HOPE Bank
    1022 Crestwood Commons Ave.
    Ocoee, FL 34761

    Thank you for creating hope during these challenging times.