Tuesday, November 8, 2016

The 20th reunion of STARS, the tutoring program that Jill helped to start at Lake Avenue Church

Jill writes: Last Saturday was the 20th reunion of STARS. What a joy to see some of the youth, like Hector and Nacho--who now are 30 and 32! They are both married and Nacho has two beautiful children. Also, what a joy to "circle up" to pray!  When we founded this after school program of Lake Ave Church 20 years ago some of the kids thought you had to be in a circle and holding hands to pray!  Thank you Lake Ave Church for believing in me 20 years ago and the vision God gave for awesome program!  

Here's more info about the STARS program:


There are currently 3 STARS Sites:
1. Villa 500 Elementary STARS. Run by Elementary STARS Program Manager Rosa Ramirez, this site has a capacity of 50 Elementary students and has been in operation since 1996. (626.817.4594, 500 E. Villa St)
2. North Elementary STARS. In partnership with Because You Matter, Inc, North Pasadena STARS opened October 7th, 2014 with an initial capacity of 25 elementary students. The site is run by Elementary STARS Program Manager Veronica Mendez. (626.797.1134, 1480 E. Washington Blvd)
3. Middle and High School STARS. Run by MS/HS STARS Program Manager Eric Johnson, this site has a capacity of 25 middle school students and 40 high school students. (626.817.4535, 393 N. Lake Avenue)

Our Mission

STARS takes a community-collaborative, asset building approach to after-school programming to provide PUSD students, primarily residing in NW Pasadena, an opportunity to rise above the challenges of their environment to become college-educated, responsible citizens of our community. By providing academic support, enrichment opportunities and family-strengthening activities, and by encouraging growing and accountable relationships with positive adult role models (tutors), we provide an environment where students are challenged to grow towards becoming that which God intended them to be.
We work closely with the Mentoring Program to grow tutoring relationships into mentoring relationships, or simply to connect our students with mentors. (view Mentoring page)

For more info about STARS, see 

Figure 1 “Circling up” to pray at the 20 year STAR reunion on Sat. Nov. 5th.cid:44ADC346-1391-4226-B7DE-E49BC5B76025

cid:005C21E2-505B-485D-8B6D-370B7BAF2385Figure 2Nacho, married, dad a two kids, one of the 1st kids I recruited 20 years ago.cid:B7A937C4-A68D-49F4-ACAE-8B622BBF5634Figure 3 Jeanette, a longtime friend who has been a tutor in STARS for about 10 years! Thank you Jeanette!cid:02C95B39-EF03-4ED0-9392-0B0A8A1555E7

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