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As a faith-based non-profit organization, Stars is unleashing the God-given potential of at-risk youth, providing the tools necessary to thrive academically, emotionally, economically, and spiritually. Our four key goals with neighborhood youth are: academic success - to help students excel academically and attend college; emotional health - to help students exhibit sound judgment, good problem-solving skills and meet daily challenges that aid in their success and emotional well being; economic stability - to help students become economically responsible and stable adults; and spiritual growth - to help students develop a thriving relationship with God.
Stars After School provides about 100 students with academic support through homework-based tutoring, literacy, technology training, and enrichment activities. The after school program also works with families by empowering parents to discover best practices for supporting their children. This includes parenting class, counseling, support groups, nutrition education and other learning opportunities like ESL and technology classes.
Stars Mentoring provides neighborhood students in Pasadena an opportunity to rise above the challenges of their environment to become college-educated community leaders. Stars Mentoring currently mentors 60 youth and utilizes more than 50 volunteer mentors. Stars uses mentoring relationships with positive Christian role models to focus on students at a convictional level. This produces marked changes in a student's identity, affects their value system and results in positive changes in their behavior and lifestyle.
Together, the After School and Mentoring Programs are in relationships with approximately 150 low-income students in Pasadena, cultivating greater community and hope in the lives of these students and their families.