Frederick Douglass said, “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” In the STARS Mentoring Project, we are building strength, resilience and hope in the children of our community through mentoring relationships and academic support.
We believe mentoring relationships can help kids succeed in school and in life, which will be part of transforming their lives, their families and our community’s future. We invite you to join us and invest in the students of our community.
Many kids in our community are struggling in school, experiencing some degree of poverty, or are lacking positive adult role models. These are huge barriers to a child’s success in school and to ending cycles of generational poverty. Studies have shown that not graduating from high school has a huge effect on people’s lives, and 3rd-grade reading ability is one of the main factors that determines whether someone makes it to high school graduation.
Statistics show that 3rd graders who read below their grade level are eight times less likely to graduate high school. STARS aims to change the course of a child’s life by raising volunteers to read with two to three students once a week for 30 minutes at their school. This is a big treat for the kids, and we’ve seen many of them catch up to their grade’s reading level. Our goal is to have 1,000 mentors in schools throughout Waco. Watch this video to learn more about Book Clubs.
Come join the fun at Friday Club with games, fun challenges, tasty snacks, small group discussions and even field trips around the city. We meet on Fridays from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. during the school year. Not only do you get to invest in a child, but you’ll also have an opportunity to connect with the family if you pick up or drop off your student(s).