Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs



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Check here for the latest information about the MAAP STARS Spring Conference.

The 2019 Spring Conference will be held on May 9th and 10th at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Bloomington. More details are on this page. Currently we are showing the information for the 2018 conference so you can have an idea of what the conference entails. We will post the 2019 conference information when it becomes available.

This two-day conference gives students the opportunity to showcase their skills in the Minnesota Standards, along with their artistic, career and life skills. Students participate as individuals and/or in teams in competitive events and are evaluated by business leaders. The students also participate in demonstration events, artistic performance and artistic display.

This is the most popular activity each year, with over 400 students from around the state attending the event. Students have an opportunity to receive recognition for their work and improve their self-esteem during the award session.

Above you can see a video summarizing the events at the 2016 MAAP STARS Spring Conference.

In the boxes below you can see the events that are held at the Spring Conferences. The fall into three categories: Team Events, Individual Events, and Demonstration Events. Please consider joining us next spring.


Registration Information

Here is the information and files necessary to register your programs for the 2019 MAAP STARS Conference. Please read the Registration Information carefully.

Request for Judges

A key to a successful conferences is the quality and quantity of our judges. Please consider voluntering for this important job. It is a great way to get introduced to MAAP STARS and the wonderful work it does.

Here is a PDF version of the application form that can be completed an returned to Shawn Burback.

PDF Version of MAAP STARS Judges Application

Here is a Google Form that can be used to volunteer to be a judge.

Google Form to Volunteer to Be a Judge

Finally, here is a printable flyer for distribution that can be used to invite people to become judges.

MAAP STARS Judges Invitation Flyer

Here is an additional document that can be used to recruit judges. It's an open letter for people to use to send out to businesses, colleges, friends, etc. to recruit judges.

Open Letter to recruit judges

Schedule for 2019 Conference

Here is the schedule for this year's 2019 MAAP STARS Conference to let you know what is happening during the conference.

2019 MAAP STARS Conference Schedule

Also, here are PDF versions of several important documents:

Individual Events

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Employment Interview
  • Workplace Relations Decision Making
  • Public Speaking
  • Career Portfolio
  • Job Manual (Non-participatory at conference)

Team Events

  • Team Advertising
  • Team Management Decision Making
  • Parenting Decision Making
  • Video Promotion
  • Community Service Project
  • School Annual Program of Activities (Non-participatory at conference)
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Life Smarts

Demonstration Events

  • Project Demenstation
  • Artistic Performance
  • Art Display

Advisor of the Year and Student of the Year

Each year we name an Advisor of the Year and a Student of the Year. Here are the documents that set the criteria for each award, and the forms to nominate individuals for the awards.

MAAP STARS Advisor of the Year Criteria and Nomination From
MAAP STARS Student of the Year Criteria and Nomination Form