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.

Parent Programs

Parent Organizing

Father's Club

Parent University

The Black Star Project's Fathers Club takes children to museums, zoos, conservatories, libraries, bookstores, amusement parks and other places where children can be educated, enlightened, entertained, and where men nurture and bond with their children or with children for whom they care.  Men in the Fathers Club pledge to be committed and engaged with their children throughout the year.

Events have been held at:

  • University of Illinois-Chicago Flames Basketball
  • Chicago White Sox
  • DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Chicago Children's Museum
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Bronzeville Children's Museum
  • Shedd Aquarium
  • Garfield Park Conservatory
  • Chicago Historical Society
  • Sci-Tech "Hands-On" Museum in Aurora
  • Afrocentric Book Store

The Fathers Club addresses the issue of men not being substantially involved in the lives of their children and families.  The mission of the Fathers Club is to consistently, substantially and successfully educate Black children, and all children, with the involvement, investment, support and advocacy of their fathers, grandfathers, foster fathers, stepfathers, uncles, cousins, big brothers and other significant male caregivers.

What is the Community PTA? 

The community PTA model is a growing trend designed to address larger issues such as poverty, crime and inequality in the educational system that are far too often seen in marginalized communities and have a profoundly negative impact on students' educational outcomes. 

Through community based PTA we have the opportunity to develop a valuable resource that provides a collective voice to advocate for OUR children, support the efforts of parents and teachers while strengthening the educational process for all students locally, regionally and even nationally.

As parents we must honestly acknowledge OUR role in the conditions we face and to take ownership in restoring OUR homes, communities, and schools to the safe havens needed for OUR children to thrive.

We advocate and organize for changes that improve literacy and standardized test scores, decrease drop-out rates and facilitate an increased representation of minority students attending college.

Membership is open to anyone who believes in the mission and purposes of the Black Star Community PTA. Individual members may belong to any number of PTAs and pay dues in each. Every person who joins a local PTA automatically becomes a member of both the state and national PTAs.

Why is it important for parents to organize? What do you mean by "organizing"?

If parents are not organized, our children will not be recognized. If we do not speak up, Black children will have no voice. Black parents must advocate as well as educate. We must take responsibility for the education of our children. We will work in our homes, with our families, with our communities, with our schools and with our government to guarantee the proper and successful education of Black children.

Black parents are responsible for the well-being of Black children.  Not teachers. Not schools. Not preachers. Not the police. Not elected officials. Not social service agencies. Black parents must hold the police, teachers, schools, preachers, elected officials, and social service agencies accountable for their actions to support the well-being of Black children. We will only solve the problems of Black youth to the degree that we create strong, empowered and engaged parents for Black children. Our actions, or inaction, will determine the future of our race.  

Passive parental involvement is not enough. Black parents must become active co-managers of our children's destiny. We must become the engineers of their success. We must and will actively participate in every aspect of their lives.

How do I get involved?

You can become a member of the BSCPTA by sending your membership dues of only $10.00 to:

Black Star Community PTA 

3509 South King Drive, Suite 2B 

Chicago, Illinois 60653 

or call 773.285.9600 for more information. Please include your name, address, email and phone number with each membership. For more information about the National PTA, visit www.pta.org. 

Meetings are at 9:30 am on the 4th Saturday of each month at our office. Join us at our next meeting! 

What is Parent University?

Local parenting experts, who serve as "professors", teach courses that range from educating parents about conflicts resolution to developing their family's financial literacy. Parent University courses include: 

  • Boys to Men: How Single Mothers Can Raise Them
  • The Money Game: Managing Household Budgets and Teaching Children to Earn, Save and Invest
  • Reducing Stress in Parents/Guardians and their Children
  • Black Cultural Awareness for Family Development
  • How to Make Your Child a Better Reader
  • An Introduction to Technology for Parents About Sex: Talking to Your Teenager
  • Successfully Keeping Your Child Away from Gangs, Drugs and Other Destructive Activities

The Toyota/Black Star Parent University was created to address a long-standing challenge parents who need additional support to build stronger families and ensure the proper education of their children.  The Parent University, designed for Chicago public school parents, is available to all parents throughout Chicago. Classes, which are also available in Spanish, are held in schools, community centers, libraries, churches, park districts and other parent-friendly locations. 

Why is Parent University important?

A recent study by the National Center for Family and Community Connections with Schools shows that parent and community involvement improves student achievement. Regardless of race, income or language barriers, the benefits of parental and community involvement for students include: 

  • Higher grade point averages and higher scores on standardized tests
  • Higher enrollment in more challenging academic programs
  • More classes passed and credits earned
  • Better school attendance
  • Less retention
  • Improved behavior at home and school
  • Better social skills and adaptation to school

Who do I contact to schedule a Parent University at my school or organization?

Please contact Raquel Kid at 773-285-9600 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to schedule a Parent University session.

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