Shining S.T.A.R.S.

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Little girls with dreams become women with vision



The Shining S.T.A.R.S. mentoring program is now accepting applications for their 2020-2021 academic year.

Support the Shining S.T.A.R.S. mentoring program by buying gourmet popcorn in their pop-up shop! 

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Shining S.T.A.R.S. Pledge

I Am Smart

I Am Talented

I Am Ambitious

I Am a Radiant STAR

When Do We Meet?

September - May

12:00PM - 2:00PM 

Location: TBA

Shining S.T.A.R.S. meetings are held once a month, every 2nd Saturday of the month during the academic school year.

Featured Events

Nights and Shining S.T.A.R.S. (Kickoff)

Barrettes and Bows Ball (Junior Cotillion)

Closing Ceremony (Banquet Recognition)

How Can You Be Apart?

Girls ages 5-12 who wish to join, and women who wish to volunteer as mentors, send an email to


Who Are We?

The Shining S.T.A.R.S. is a Community-Based program that is dedicated to cultivating young girls through the childhood and adolescence stages of life. We are a team of women invested in providing a safe haven for girls; while promoting academic success, character development, and leadership.

What Do We Do?

Our mission is to: Educate, Equip, and Empower girls ages 5-12 with tools to utilize for Reassurance, Self-Discovery, Self-Confidence, and Self-Acceptance

Focus Areas

Program Leader

To achieve the goal of Educating, Equipping, and Empowering young girls our program focuses on EIGHT areas:

  • Character Development

  • Community Service Responsibility

  • Etiquette

  • Fine Arts

  • Health/ Nutrition

  • Life Skills

  • S.T.A.R.S. Success Mentoring

  • Team Building

Kimberley Small was born & raised in the Chicagoland area. She is the proud mother of 4 (3 daughters and 1 son) and the even prouder grandmother of 2 boys! Raising her children to be god-fearing, responsible and caring adults is one of Kim’s greatest accomplishments among others.

Kim currently attends the University of Maryland to acquire

Degree/Business Administration/Accounting; she is a Certified Internal Auditor; have worked for Costar Group/ for 16 years as the Accounts Receivable Manager and is currently working for FTI Consulting as a Senior Accountant.

At an early age, Kim learned about Christ and was compelled to follow the pathway of righteousness. She was gifted with a melodious voice and have used her gift to minister to many souls over the years. Kim also became involved with other ministries within the church, where she held the following positions of leadership; She was the Youth Director at Word Made Flesh Worship Ctr. In Midlothian, IL; The Administrator for the Director of Worship at New Life Covenant Southeast and is currently on the Board of Directors for a non-profit agency called H3~Helping Hands Heal; Kim’s favorite scripture to live by is Romans 12:1 “Beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable unto God which is your reasonable service”. This was definitely her mantra while raising her daughters.

Kim is passionate about empowering, encouraging and educating young girls to be more than just “pretty faces”, but to be productive, confident and responsible ladies who are comfortable in their own skin! She finds great fulfillment in being a part of youth mentorship programs as she too had a mentor when she was a teenager and give them a lot of credit for equipping her with valuable life skills and tools to be the woman she is today!