Mission

Performing Stars transforms the lives of low-income, primarily multicultural, children throughout Marin County by using enrichment programs to build pride, character, discipline and self-esteem. Our programs help youth develop good work habits and positive social skills, enhance academic performance and professional readiness, improve critical thinking and communication skills, and gain the confidence they need to overcome the limitations imposed by poverty.

Strategy

Our strategy has three unique components: 

*   We connect youth and their families to scholarship opportunities at existing enrichment programs throughout the county.

*   We complement these programs with a unique continuum of supportive wrap-around services to ensure a successful, meaningful experience.

*   We challenge students by exposing them to experiences outside of their familiar community environment.

Program

Performing Stars participants have access to the following services:

*  Assistance applying for scholarships to, and/or special placement in, existing afterschool and summer enrichment programs such as – music, theater and dance programs, sports and recreation classes, camps, training workshops, and internships.

*  Opportunities to perform on stage at various community events.

*   Help acquiring program related equipment, supplies, and uniforms (instruments, clothing, costumes, etc.) through special discounts and donations.

*   Access to group field trips to the Symphony, the Nutcracker, the Mountain Play, Marin Theater Company, Marin Shakespeare, sporting events, and a variety of other local and regional events.

*  Transportation assistance, chaperone support, and nutritious snacks

*  Special invitations to workshops, presentations and performances by professional actors, dancers and musicians.

*  Life-Skills workshops and coaching to help participants prepare and gain confidence to attend enrichment programs, performances and other events.

*  Trusted mentors, advisors, and chaperones support participants in all aspects of their life, connect them to vital community services, and assist with family and program partner communications.

It takes more than a scholarship or discount performance ticket to inspire real change in a child’s life. Without our supportive wrap-around services, not only would these experiences be completely inaccessible to our students but they would also fall short of their truly transformative potential.

 

 

 

 

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Performing Stars Ballet Student

Branson High School Dance Department

The program is called LEAP, dedicated to providing quality dance instruction to youth ages 5 to 10 in collaboration with Performing Stars of Marin. Students from Marin City and San Rafael travel to Branson's dance studio weekly for classes in Ballet, Modern and Creative Movement.  Students develop technical skills, vocabulary, etiquette, and self-confidence and have performing opportunities with students in the Branson Dance Department.

Performing Stars Ballet Student

Performing Stars Ballet Students

Marin Students make a difference through Dance

Four Kent Middle School eighth-graders—Lauren Fish, Hanna Sweet, Emily Cerf and Lily Gaudin—have partnered with Performing Stars of Marin and Stapleton School for the Performing Arts to provide ballet classes for a group of children from Marin City and the Canal Area of San Rafael. The students developed the program as their “Social Action” project.

Performing Stars Ballet Students

January 2013

The evening of Jan 18, 2013, a very surreal moment took place where the term linking generations are mere words compared to the vibration that hit Marin School of the Arts located in Novato, Ca.

January 2013

Andre Thierry's  "Are You Ready To Learn" educational tour with Performing Stars of Marin and the Marin School of the Arts Rock Band Program came full circle. 

January 2013

It was truly amazing to see a range of generations singing, playing rub boards and accordions all on one stage. Andre Thierry's feel good flavor and passion for music has inspired many youth in Marin County.  

February 2013

Performing Stars Blues in the School brings Zydeco for Kids with Andre Thierry back! Beginning classes introduce the bass drum and snare review of the waltz and the 2 step.

 

February 2013

Andre demonstrates and then each boy will get individual attention learning the beats on the drum set for the two step and waltz.

February 2013

Bass drum and snare review of the waltz and the 2 step. Rub board playing alongside drums is included in this lesson.

 

March 2013

The Zydeco Boys are excited to show their new gear

March 2013

The Zydeco Boys ready for class.

April 2013

Youth Rock the Rebuild Benefit Concert for Performing Stars Music Program. This concert opened with the Marin School of Arts Zydeco & Blues Band, featuring the Performing Stars Zydeco Boys! Two generations inspired by Andre Thierry on the Sweet Water Music Hall stage in Mill Valley, Ca., performing Zydeco music together, showcasing what they have learned.

April 2013

An educational field trip to Guitar Center, Emeryville, Ca.

April 2013

The Zydeco Boys exploring the string section.

April 2013

A familiar place, the boys naturally gravitate to the drums.

May 2013

Each boy receives individual attention learning the beats on the drum set for the two step and waltz.

May 2013

The boys will continue to learn to coordinate between the snare drum, the bass drum and now the hi-hat cymbal.

June 2013

This is the second lesson in high hat cymbals with the bass and snare drum. The boys continue to learn the 2 step and waltz on the drum set, also playing the rub board alongside the drums.

July 2013

Marin County Fair July 4Th Celebration at the Ben & Jerry Stage.

July 2013

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic featuring Performing Stars Zydeco Boys

July 2013

Marin County Fair July 4Th Celebration at the Ben & Jerry Stage.

August 2013

Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic featuring Performing Stars Zydeco Boys at the Marin JCC Summer Night Concert Series, "Louisiana Roots"

August 2013

Performing Stars Zydeco Boys with Linda Bolt, Marin JCC

August 2013

Performing Stars Zydeco Boys

August 2013

Performing Stars Zydeco Boys with Andre Thierry and Felecia Gaston

October 2013

Zydeco By The Bay, Sausalito Ca. ~ October 12, 2013

October 2013

Zydeco By The Bay, Sausalito Ca. ~ October 12, 2013

October 2013

Zydeco By The Bay, Sausalito Ca. ~ October 12, 2013

October 2013

Zydeco By The Bay, Sausalito Ca. ~ October 12, 2013

2012 Zydeco for Kids with Andre Thierry

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March 13, 2014

By now I have probably heard Andre Thierry and Zydeco Magic perform eight or nine times, at venues ranging from church dances in San Francisco and Richmond to the historic 23 Club in Brisbane to a dance in a woodshop in Palo Alto.

Performing Stars with Stapleton Theater

Performing Stars with Stapleton Theater

Performing Stars with Stapleton Theater

Performing Stars with Stapleton Theater

Performing Stars with Stapleton Theater

Performing Stars with Stapleton Theater

John Lam

John Lam grew up in a Vietnamese-Chinese Family in the Canal District of San Rafael, California. Lam launched his dance training at the age of four through Performing Stars of Marin, an inner city dance program and continued his studies with the Marin Ballet School on full scholarship. 

Linda Steele

 

 

 

 

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About Us

Founded in 1990, Performing Stars has become one of the leading youth development programs in Marin County. We believe that next generation’s success is dependent upon the achievement of the following four community goals:

*     Reducing long-term dependence on public assistance programs,

*     Decreasing the negative effects and impacts of poverty on children,

*     Expanding advocacy for children of low-income families, and

*     Increasing and strengthening all types of community services for low-income and minority children and their families.

We address these objectives by serving over 100 youth and families per year and giving them the opportunity to “reach for the stars” through participation in afterschool and summer enrichment programs. As a partnership-oriented social service organization, Performing Stars complements existing county-wide programs with support services to promote positive life and leadership skills for many of life’s “performances.”  Without our unique, integrated, wrap-around support services, many underserved and at-risk youth would lack the assistance they need to take advantage of scholarship opportunities.

Through decades of hands-on, grassroots experience we have developed trusting relationships with parents, community members and our program partners. These community connections have taught us that our students need substantial additional support beyond scholarships and free performance tickets to truly experience the transformative impact of an enrichment program.

Our students typically lack the transportation, nutrition, and equipment needed to feel confident  with their peer groups to be successful.  In addition to providing these services, we also take great care working with our program partners to place students in the programs that match their talents and to facilitate ongoing communication with our families. Our chaperones and mentors do so much more than just help students get to class on time, show up well fed, and come prepared with the proper uniforms and equipment. They help them with life-skills, connect them and their families with additional community services, and mediate cross-cultural interactions.

By exposing youth to experiences outside their typical cultural comfort zones and supporting them throughout all aspects of their experience, Performing Stars helps young people become productive, positive citizens.  The goal is to produce  highly skilled individuals capable of performing the leadership roles necessary to move the next generation toward success.


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Performing Stars 2014 Music Program

IT'S MORE THAN JUST MUSIC

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 Performing Stars of Marin promotes positive life and leadership skills for all of life’s many “performances.” Founded in 1990, it is dedicated to providing county-wide youth and community development services to low-income, primarily multicultural families, through art and other cultural enrichment programs.

Learn more about how you can help support music education:

 

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Performing Stars Presents Enlighten

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PLEASE JOIN US FOR A RECEPTION

Where Teenage Girls meet Professional Career Women

Saturday, March 22, 11AM – 1PM

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m.

6th to 12th Grade - free admission

All Others - $10 donation at door

Tea and Refreshments will be served

Manzanita Recreation Center

630 Drake Avenue, Marin City

Please Respond by March 14, 2014

performingstars@sbcglobal.net or 415.332.8316

Smart Casual Dress is requested

National Philanthropy Day

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Each year, the Association of Fundraising Professionals — Golden Gate marks one special day in November to celebrate the spirit of giving. On this day, more than 800 people convene to recognize individuals and institutions whose exemplary contributions to philanthropy advance the common good in a rich variety of ways throughout northern California. 

Started in 1986, National Philanthropy Day® honors the extraordinary impact that philanthropy — and those involved in the philanthropic process — have made in communities across North America and around the world. More than a million people have participated in NPD celebrations since its inception, and events are now held in more than 125 communities world-wide.

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Performing Stars of Marin

271 Drake Avenue, Marin City, CA 94965

Office: (415) 332-8316

Email: performingstars@sbcglobal.net