Join the hundreds of people who make meaningful, rewarding contributions to their communities through The Black Star Project. Start giving back in your community and make a difference. Choose the commitment that works for you! Every day volunteers support The Black Star Project's mission. Volunteers are placed in positions based on interest, need, skills, location and availability. All volunteers receive training and ongoing support from The Black Star Project. All regularly scheduled volunteers participate in a screening process including an application process, an in-person interview/orientation, and a background check.

There are many ways to make an impact with The Black Star Project. Find out how below!

Become a motivator!

Program: Student Motivation and Mentoring Program

  • Description: We look for career professionals and entrepreneurs from a variety of backgrounds—business, government, finance, education, construction, medicine, law, engineering, technology, communications and more—to motivate and mentor students in Chicago area schools. Speak to students about your career and education, share your story, and encourage them to continue their education and make good life choices.  Make an impact on the lives of economically disadvantaged students while having fun! 
  • Requirements: Ages 18+. Something positive to share, willingness to share your story and learn from other speakers. 
  • Time commitment: We require only 2 hours per year from our motivators, though many motivators volunteer several times a year or month.
  • Application process: Please contact Ivory Harris at 773.285.9600 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule your orientation and begin the process to become a motivator.

Become a mentor!

Program: Young Black Men of Honor

  • Description: Many of the young men in the program are growing up without male role models at home, and we need volunteers who are willing to be positive influences in the lives of these youth. Our mentors are a dynamic, committed group of men who are committed to being positive role models. 
  • Requirements: Strong sense of integrity, commitment, and accountability. Willing and able to attend all trainings. Age 21+. Able to handle conflict resolution. Strong mediation skills. Willing to engage in one-on-one and small group mentoring. Able to match the energy of mentees. Highly motivated. Dedicated. Sense of humor. Strong desire to see young Black men become men of honor and succeed.  Willing to mentor off site. Able to attend at least 75% of mentoring sessions.
  • Time commitment: Two hours per week on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Mentors attend additional training sessions on topics such as "Trauma and Violence" and "Classroom Management". Mentors also serve as chaperones on field trips and outings as necessary.
  • Application process: If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please call Vincent Price at 773.285.9600 to schedule an interview with the mentor advisory board.  

Join the inaugural Emerging Young Leaders Board!

The Black Star Project’s Emerging Young Leaders Board is comprised of professionals who will use their talents and skills to grow an organization that has been committed to educating, encouraging, and empowering students, families, and communities for twenty years. The Emerging Young Leaders Board will work to expand the visibility and resources of The Black Star Project through social events, volunteering, and fundraising, as well as provide opportunities for young professionals to develop new skills, take on leadership roles, and broaden their professional and social circles by attending seminars and workshops.

To Learn More

Join us for Speed Networking and Wine on Friday, May 20, 2016! Learn more about the Emerging Young Leaders Board, meet other like-minded young professionals, and enjoy a fun evening getting to know The Black Star Project!

When: Friday, May 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Where: The Black Star Project, 3509 South King Drive, Chicago, IL 60653

Click here to register for this free event!

Membership Requirements

  • Commit to a one-year term (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017)
  • Be at least 22 years of age and no older than 35 years of age at the start of the term
  • Serve as a community ambassador for the mission, values, and programs of The Black Star Project
  • Help identify potential new members
  • Serve on at least one of the following committees: Events Committee, Marketing Committee, Board Development Committee, Volunteer/Advocacy Committee
  • Pay an annual membership fee of $100 (payment plans are available)
  • Commit to an individual minimum fundraising goal of $150 during the term
  • Volunteer for a minimum of 10 hours in the course of a term
  • Attend monthly board meetings  
  • Participate in at least two board-supported and mission-related events/activities during the term

To Apply

Download the application here. Please email your application and resume to Xavier Mann (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Please use the subject line: Emerging Young Leaders Board Application – (Your Name).

Please email Xavier with any questions.  

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