Shadeland Tutoring and Recreation (STAR)

Mentoring Program

STAR is a mentoring proggram for children in the Shadeland neighborhood.

We feel we have a great deal to offer the children in our community. By providing them with homework assistance and taking an interest in their lives, we hope to give these kids a positive outlook on the future.



STAR mentors meet with their mentees once a week for a minimum of one and a half hours. During this time they can get homework help, and work ahead on big class projects.

Health and Nutrition

Each week, mentors will provide their mentees with a healthy snack, and a monthly challenge will be issues. THis will include STAR’s anti-drug curriculum and focus on physical activity. Students and their mentees can participate in monthly challenges, such as walk/run.

Monthly Gatherings

Once a month, volunteers and their mentees will gather together for a group session of STAR, which includes recreation, art, and a focus on Nutrition and Health. STAR is proud to have partnered with The Minority Health Coalition and Kohl’s Cares to make these all-STAR gatherings possible.


Our mentorship program will not succeed without the support of the local community, including our local business partnerships and our volunteers. Each week we have more than 15 volunteers working with STAR kids. Here are a few specific ways you can help us keep this community initiative going strong.

  1. Volunteer to be a STAR mentor.
  2. Sponsor a STAR participant for $20 a month, which includes food costs, school supplies, homework help and more.
  3. Donate to or volunteer for one of our seasonal fundraisers.

To see Amaree’s story, click here.

For more information, or to offer support, please contact Sarah Whitesel at or 765-889-2451.

STAR volunteer with student

STAR volunteer with student

STAR provides nutritious meals for students

STAR provides nutritious meals for students

Program director Sarah Whitesel takes registrations for STAR participants

Program director Sarah Whitesel takes registrations for STAR participants