S.T.A.R Girls U. provides educational and leadership workshops dedicated to building confident and "purpose-filled" young ladies who will strive for and attain academic and personal success while paving the path for future generations.
Our founder, Educator and Certified Life Coach, saw an opportunity to create something that would teach principles as they relate to: leadership, a healthy self-image, effective goal setting as well as college readiness to Latina girls who struggle with having mentors; Someone to show them how to use the things they consider limitations as their strength and power to succeed.
This requires the powerful concept of building their confidence and strengths starting from within. This "from the core" approach allows the girls to create a very realistic vision about their futures and encourages them to make healthy choices and consider the importance of education, in order to navigate their lives in a healthy and successful manor. Allowing them to exceed expectations and create unimaginable futures for themselves and their families.
Our goal is to empower Latina girls to be confident and to take responsibility for their futures. Our workshops are dedicated to empowering the girls to create visions and goals for a successful life, in and out of school.
Latinas have highest drop out rates
> Hispanic girls have a higher high school dropout rate than girls in other racial or ethnic groups and are the least likely to earn a college degree, according to the American Association of University Women.
>Census Bureau statistics, said the dropout rate for Latinas ages 16 to 24 is 30 percent, compared with 12.9 percent for blacks and 8.2 percent for whites.
> Latinas are the country's fastest-growing female minority population, while Hispanics as a whole will account for 25 percent of the nation's school population in 2030.
> Hispanic girls are underrepresented in gifted and talented and advanced placement courses.
>Only 10 percent of Hispanic women completed four or more years of college, compared with 13.9 percent of blacks and 22.3 percent of whites, according to the National Council of La Raza,
Why we do what we do:
Our approach is to break barriers and limiting beliefs imposed by social and economic factors whilst encouraging the girls to maintain their cultural roots. Our mission is to empower young Latinas to become confident in themselves and their abilities to succeed while paving a path for future generations.
S.T.A.R Girls U. strongly believes that when girls are confident in their talents and abilities- and you espouse that with the proper support and resources...their possibilities for academic and personal success are endless.
We bring our workshops to the girls. This allows the workshops to be delivered in a variety of locations which can include schools, camps, community centers, churches, after-school programs, recreation centers, homes, and libraries.
Each workshop is fun and interactive and follows a scaffolded curriculum with workbooks which can be customized depending on age group and topics.
The workshops, which can be done individually or as part of our 6-Week Program, focus specifically on topics such as:
Healthy self-image & the power of affirmations,
Social justice & Self-advocacy
Creating a roadmap for academic & personal success,
Establishing healthy relationships,
Effective communication skills
At the end of the program, each girl may be presented with the opportunity to serve as a mentor for a younger girl within their community.