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Schools cannot educate children without the support of parents, families and communities.  Good teachers and administrators are invaluable to the educational process, but they are not miracle workers.  Schools, by themselves, do not educate children; they simply reinforce and expand what children already know when they come to school.  What happens in a school is important; but just as important is what happens in the home and the community where the child lives.  Societal structures, value systems, cultures, institutions, and positive environments are powerful influencers of education in children.  Good schools seldom (if ever) create good communities; but good communities usually create good schools!  Active and involved parents, families, communities are necessary to educate children.

 

 

Black StarFounded in 1996 by Phillip Jackson, The Black Star Project is committed to improving the quality of life in Black and Latino communities of Chicago and nationwide by eliminating the racial academic achievement gap.  Our mission is to provide educational services that help pre-school through college students succeed academically and become knowledgeable and productive citizens with the support of their parents, families, schools and communities.

Additionally, we help students aspire to post-secondary educational opportunities and training while exploring careers that will be emotionally, intellectually and financially rewarding.  Our services are available to all students, particularly low-income Black and Latino students who attend low-achieving schools in disadvantaged communities.  In order to achieve our goal of eliminating the racial academic achievement gap, we concentrate on three main areas of initiative: student engagement, parental development and advocacy.  The Black Star Project conducts its programming and varied approaches to closing the racial academic achievement gap primarily through parent and student leadership development and advocacy.

The Black Star Project operates with a belief in the strength of parental and community involvement in education to eliminate the racial academic achievement gap.  Better parents produce better communities, better schools and better students!  The most accurate predictor of a student's achievement in school is not income, race, language barriers, cultural background, education level of parents or social status, but the extent to which a student's family is able to create a home environment that encourages learning; express high and realistic academic achievement expectations for their children; and become involved in productive ways in their child's education at school, at home and in the community.

 

 

Chicago News and Events

Join the Black Star Community PTA!

Join the Black Star Community PTA!

Become a part of a voice to advocate for our children's education in the 2014-2015 school year!

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Parent Revolution Radio Show

Parent Revolution Radio Show

Listen to The Black Star Project's internationally acclaimed radio program, The Parent Revolution every Saturday on WVON 1690AM.

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Coming Up at Black Star...

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday

There is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now Giving Tuesday! This global day of giving is approaching quickly! This year, we are raising funds for our new Reading Academy! You can provide more books, more instructors, and help these boys be excellent readers! Kick off the holiday season in the spirit of giving with The Black Star Project.

Donate ONLINE with thousands of people across the world! On this day only, a portion of your online donation will be matched; your gift will do even more good!

Save the date! Giving Tuesday: December 2, 2014.

 

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National News and Campaigns

Take a Young Black Male to Worship

Take a Young Black Male to Worship

 

The Black Star Project is partnering with the most dynamic force in the Black community--the Black church!  Black churches, mosques, temples and synagogues across the country are working together on "Take a Black Male to Worship Day," Sunday, November 23, 2014. Register your place of worship today!

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Testimonials about the importance of The Million Father March in cities across the nation and the world.

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