What We Do
Stars After School
What is Stars 123?
The Stars 123 elementary program at Villa 500 provides a wide spectrum of Enrichment activities and homework assistance for Elementary School Students. We provide an exciting learning experience that seeks to develop the gifts and talents and unlock the potential of students in grades K-3. These enrichment experiences include, but are not limited to: science, reading, cooking, health, math, arts, hands-on field experiences and sports activities. Our weekly Bible Lesson includes a fun activity that builds the spiritual growth of our students to helps them to develop a thriving relationship with God.
What is Stars 45?
In partnership with Because You Matter, Inc, Stars 45 opened October 7th, 2014. The Stars elementary program provides a wide spectrum of enrichment programs and homework assistance for public school students in 4th and 5th grades. Enrichment programs introduce students to new opportunities in a wide array of areas, including science, computer programs, cooking, sewing, arts, hands-on field experiences and sports. We provide an exciting learning experience that seeks to develop the gifts and talents of these young students
What is Middle School Stars?
Middle School Stars is an after-school program for 6-8th grade students in the city of Pasadena. We provide a safe, welcoming space for middle school students to complete homework, ask questions, and engage with caring adults. In addition to homework help, students are encouraged to surpass grade-level competencies with the support and guidance of academic tutors. Students participate in group mentoring, receive college counseling, and take fun excursions with their peers. The presence of parents and volunteers building assets alongside children is one of the program’s greatest strengths.
What is High School Stars?
High School Stars is a group mentoring program for 9-12th grade students in the city of Pasadena. We provide a safe, welcoming space for high school students to enjoy dinner and engage in informal conversations with caring adults. After dinner, students transition to a more structured discussion on practicing healthy habits at home, school, and in life. Our holistic approach to group mentoring is supplemented by strategic academic planning and college counseling for each individual student. The collaborative partnerships that help make this program possible is evidence that teamwork does in fact make the dream work.
What is Stars Mentoring?
Youth mentoring is a journey of mutual discovery between an adult and a young person as they walk through life together.
How does it work?
We facilitate this wonderful journey by matching students and mentors, and providing them with the support, encouragement and resources that will help foster a nurturing and meaningful relationship.
How does mentoring help young people?
Having a consistent and caring mentor helps young people prepare to encounter many of life’s emotional, social, spiritual and vocational transitions.
How can I benefit from mentoring?
Through interaction with mentees and their environments, mentors gain a richer perspective on their own lives as well as a deeper understanding and appreciation for the realities young people face on a daily basis.
Stars College Support
Stars aims to prepare students for college through tutoring, enrichment classes, and homework help, beginning as far back as the first grade. We strive to meet students where they are at and help them plan their next step.
The Stars College Program serves students from low income backgrounds and helps them realize their full potential by setting and achieving their academic, professional, and spiritual goals. Our program is open to helping students achieve whatever higher education goals they want to obtain, whether that’s a bachelor’s, graduate, or certification program.
To learn more about our college program and scholarship, visit our Stars College Program page.
Stars Summer Enrichment
God has been doing amazing things in the summer through our many summer programs. We provide summer camps at Forest Home and other locations with Lake Avenue Church, as well as a summer program for Elementary students and a summer school called SKILLZ for incoming 8th and 9th graders.
Stars Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2020 was challenging for us all, having to adapt and pivot during the Covid-19 pandemic. During this time, we added a food distribution wellness program while providing online after school programs, mentoring, and college support. Throughout the pandemic, we focused on being there for our Stars families. Check out the 2020 Annual report to learn more.
Kids Reading to Succeed
Created in December 2008, the Kids Reading to Succeed (KRS) literacy program uses reading as an educational platform to empower youth from vulnerable communities in Pasadena, Altadena, and Los Angeles. KRS’ mission is to partner with local non-profit organizations, community programs, and schools to collaborate on long-term literacy projects which will not only instill a love of reading in our students but also help them use literacy as a tool to succeed in school and beyond.
Family engagement at Stars is not a program or department, it is a core value that can be explained in one word: mutuality. We believe that each family member, regardless of age, financial status, or ability to read or write, is an abundant resource to our organization, community, and world. This strengths-based approach to family engagement is a belief that we are all equal parts student and teacher. By working together and learning from one another, we collectively shift from an isolated island struggling to survive to a thriving interdependent community where all lives display evidence of God-given potential.
Stars is committed to the emotional health of our families and overall community. In partnership with Fuller Seminary, Azusa Pacific University, the counseling programs at Lake Avenue Church, and individual therapists that donate their time, we provide access to therapy regardless of your ability to pay. Our goal is to help individuals in our community gain insight into their identity and move individuals to restorative changes that have caused long standing patterns. We do this in a culturally sensitive way , while offering counseling in Spanish.
LAC Intake Hotline: (626) 844-4794
Fuller counseling Hotline: (626) 584-5555