“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

Our Mission

STARS stands for Scholarship, Tutoring, Assistance, Resources, and Support. It is a youth-led, New Jersey based organization that provides tutoring for students in underserved communities, ESL assistance, and college preparation. We aim to combat education inequality as well as empower students to unleash their full potential. 

Services Offered


Free and discounted tutoring for students who come from low-income backgrounds.

ESL & Citizenship Help

ESL support is offered for Spanish speaking individuals who are in need of aid to fill out documents or want to enhance their knowledge of the English language.

Academic and Career Assistance

Provides assistance in the college application process and after High School choices. Ex: resume building, essay help, and recommending scholarship opportunities along with programs.

Jessica Navarro Davalos

Founder of STARS

My name is Jessica and I am the founder of STARS.

As a first-generation Peruvian-American who grew up in an underprivileged community and attended underserved educational systems, I have experienced what it feels like to feel alone when it comes to assistance in school or help outside the classroom. I recognized the expense of tutoring and how it was not very accessible to those in my area, this inspired me to start offering tutoring to those that did not have access to it. I started this initiative in the 7th grade and around last year I developed it into an educational youth-led organization.

STARS is now made of many volunteers that tailor to every participants needs and availability. STARS is currently aiming to recruit more volunteers that speak different languages to expand our ESL section to more than just Spanish speakers.