WHO WE ARE
At Junior S.T.A.R.S., we are strong, thriving, abundant, and radiant girls who shine bright. With a number of programs for high school students and middle school girls, we provide a diverse group of students with the support needed to shape them into future leaders. Our principals are based on service, leadership, and education. We have a number of educational programs, service, volunteer opportunities, and leadership initiatives that help nurture young ladies so they will develop the skills needed to carry throughout their lives and into womanhood.
Ms. Jynea S.
Youth Program Manager
Jynea is a former member who was also the President of Junior Stars. She is a graduate of BHS and is currently attending College of Dupage to attain her degree in Baking and Pastry Arts. Jynea looks forward to having her own team and opening her own pastry business.
Mrs. P. Jones
Educator & Mentor
Mrs. Jones is an alumni of Benedictine University. She has been an Educator at BHS for over 10 years and has built a great rapport with many students while motivating them to complete high school and advance their education. She continues to support students in our program by mentoring them to be a leader and a success.
S T A F F
TEAM WORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK
Since August 2017, our org has grown. This program was birth in 2016 at Chicago Park district: Golden Dome. The next year it became a successful safe haven program at Bolingbrook H.S. Students visit colleges, participate in team projects, have various workshops, virtual group meets, job opportunity, scholarship support, model in our fashion show, and much more!
Our school based leadership program prepares girls for REAL life after high school.
"It takes a village"
IT TAKES A VILLAGE
Ms. S. is the visionary founder as well as an employee of VVSD. Jones is an educator, mom, teen life strategist, author, college and career consultant, paralegal, and is naturally passionate about leading teen into a healthy and bright future. Jones is a member of several local and national organizations including the Bolingbrook Rotary International, ABA, Will County Health Dept. Youth Leadership Council, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, IPA, and the Bolingbrook Chamber.
Growing up on the westside of Chicago as a young girl experiencing survival tactics to attend school daily in a gang and bullying infested community; Jones later wanted to create an environment for youth to feel safe, welcomed, and be apart of a growing sisterhood of long lasting friendships. This would provide an environment that would not only lead them into a bright future, but also provide the education, necessary tools, social support, and resources to get through any obstacle and create a pathway to make their ultimate goal come to a reality.
Jones has over 17 years of experience working in fortune 500 companies as an executive administrator, customer service, and financial sales advisor. Over 11 years in the education sector, 5 years in real estate, has mentored college students, coached and mentored high school students and small business owners. She is also a former employee of the DEA. She recently enrolled back into school at Harvard online program to continue pursuing her dream of becoming an Attorney in family and business. Her goal is to use her trainings, experiences, and expertise to help young women make healthy choices and clear pathways for their future.
With the help of some VVSD staff and Dr. Pascavage, she was able to implement a school based program. And with the help of local businesses and agencies they all have become the village for youth that educates, provide life skills, and enrich the lives of many teens to come.