Meet the People Behind Blue Star of Hope

About

Read about the individuals behind Blue Star of Hope and the Power of One Program.

Juelle Wilkins | Donovan Wilkins | Christian Wilkins | Sage Godfrey | Kru Lek | Mission Statement

Juelle Wilkins, Executive Director

“I love watching someone wake up to their purpose and their place. I also love helping a young person see their strengths and potentials!”

Juelle and Donovan dreamed that one day they would be able to use their extensive experience as “travel guides” and their love of cultures to bring people from around the world together in peace and understanding. From this vision came the creation of Blue Star of Hope, which fosters the idea that “one person can make a difference in the world.” The Power of One is the program that launched this mission.

Juelle started her career in Special Education, as a teacher and later a principle for a cutting edge school designed to assist developmentally disabled youth of all abilities. She single handedly started the Special Olympics program in Southern Michigan and saw it become a successful program.

Always a believer in sustainability and conservation, she bought a farm to raise her little girl, train horses, keep goats and grow an enormous garden. She always wanted to travel, and saw herself out in the world doing the service work that she seemed so destined to do.

She met Donovan on Thanksgiving Day and knew that she had found her partner, soul mate, fellow traveler and service worker and the man who would be her daughter’s father. Juelle and Donovan have always been entrepreneurs, starting several businesses over the years. J & D continue to take adult groups on cross-cultural adventures, but their true calling is the work of the Power of One Program. They are constantly growing and developing new sites, bringing on inspiring staff members and constantly being ambassadors in this ever-changing world.

Juelle

Juelle Wilkins, Director

Donovan Wilkins, Director of Operations

“I like to see the look in the students’ eyes as they are the explorers of today’s world, gaining an expanded world view and seeing how wonderful the people of other countries can be.”

Donovan and Juelle have been married for over 30 years and during that time they have traveled the world to places few have seen and experienced cultures as few had the opportunity. Donovan is instrumental in the planning and execution of these intensive journeys. It was during one of these many trips that Donovan and Juelle began to dream about the Power of One Program.

As the Director of Operations for the Blue Star of Hope he is absolutely invaluable in ensuring the safety and security of the participants, communicating constantly with tour operators and continually problem solving to make the Power of One Program a safe, exciting and seamless adventure.

Donovan

One day our students may be in leadership roles helping our country and our world shine.

Donovan Wilkins, Director

Christian Wilkins, Development Director

Christian grew up in the U.S. and in Costa Rica. She traveled worldwide with her parents, who instilled the travel bug in her. After completing a degree in Psychology, Christian began a career in Human Services, working as a Program Manager for both developmentally disabled adults and teens and later with the geriatric community in nursing facilities. Having also inherited the entrepreneurial spirit from her family, she left Human Services to begin an event planning company. She has joined Blue Star of Hope as full time and dedicated her life to helping grow its mission to reach as many students as possible.

Her company donates services to several non-profit organizations by planning and executing their fund raising events. Christian considers it a blessing to be able to work and travel with her inspirational parents. Christian lives in Colorado with her husband and many rescued animals.

Christian Wilkins

Christian Wilkins, Development Director

Sage Godfrey, Curriculum Consultant

Sage is a former teacher of middle school English. “Working with early adolescents was a joy and a challenge. Much of it involved encouraging students to be part of a team and learning through interdisciplinary units.” She is now on the school board and very active in the community in which she lives. She is truly dedicated to the students of this small mountain town and advocating that they receive the best educational opportunities available.

Sage’s introduction to the Power of One came from her mountain hikes with Juelle. Juelle told her of the idea she had to bring students from around the world to Thailand on a journey of cultural awareness, service and personal growth. Sage immediately felt drawn to be a part of this project. These hikes became the “board room” of the Power of One Program curriculum development. Sage has and continues to be an integral part of the development and evolution of our curriculum.

Sage lives in Crestone, Colorado with her furry canine companions. She hikes nearly every day with a host of friends and dogs in tow.

Sage Godfrey

Sage Godfrey, Curriculum Consultant

Kru Lek, Lead Thai Teacher and Student Advocate

Kru Lek has been teaching at Thapsakae Wittaya school for nearly 30 years. Her dedication to her students goes beyond her duties at school. She does everything within her power to help each of her students to a better future for themselves and their families. She loves the Power of One Program and appreciates the benefits of the program for her students. She helps everyone in the program by explaining in perfect English the Thai culture and the Thai way. She an invaluable asset to this program and has been involved since the beginning giving her an intimate knowing of the inner workings of the Power of One.

Kru Lek

Kru Lek, Lead Thai Teacher

Our Mission Statement

We live in a rapidly changing world, one that demands creative and innovative solutions for building a sustainable quality of life, education, and economic prosperity for all people and creatures. The programs created by Blue Star of Hope serve that purpose.

Our programs foster global understanding and compassion, celebrate cross-cultural similarities and diversities, and promote a consciousness of peace and empowerment while supporting economic prosperity, social progress and ecological integrity for all of earth’s inhabitants. By inviting youth to participate in this process, we lay the foundation for peace in our future.

Through interactive educational experiences, Blue Star of Hope encourages children and adults to become socially conscious participants in global collaboration projects. Student ambassadors are selected from all over the world, representing many nations, races and religions. By living and working together, in service to local villages and peoples, the student ambassadors will research, craft and participate in possible solutions to local and global issues. These experiences will prepare and empower the students for future employment and their rightful place in this world as future leaders.

As we work together, our international students realize that all nations are a part of one world family and that they are the new thinkers in today’s global community.

Juelle & Donovan, Founders

Mission Statement