Bright Stars, Inc.
The Parent Company of
Bright Stars Reading Club
A Teen Sisterhood Mentor Group
You know what they say, “Where there's a will, there's a way". As a result, Mrs. Norwood "birthed" and became the Founder, CEO, and Director of the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization called The Bright Stars Reading Club!!! The first 2-hour class was held on Saturday, February 7, 2004 at Darby Park in Inglewood with an overwhelming response from the community. Its mission was to help 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders develop and maintain a love and interest for reading in a fun and informal setting. The program's unique design offered a unique blend of reading comprehension, vocabulary, oral language skills, learning, literacy games, art projects, educational presentations, free books prizes, healthy snacks, and loads of fun! Mrs. Norwood did not run the program alone, she’s been blessed with the "Star"velous help of a pool of dedicated college-bound high school volunteers, college interns, and some awesome assistant directors, as well.
After three years, the Bright Stars Reading Club found a "home" of its own on Manchester Blvd. and continued to service children, teens, parents, and teachers through a variety of educational, beneficial, and enriching workshops, seminars, literacy events, summer camps, community events, tutoring, community service opportunities, talent showcases, book club discussion groups, an educators' network, field trips, fundraisers, reading challenges, birthday parties, private events, and so much more.
After 11 years, Mrs. Norwood made the tough decision to close the doors to the center, and to continue offering literacy services to the community in a "wall-less" fashion at schools, community centers, public libraries, parks, recreation centers, churches, and any other places where children gather.
Mrs. Norwood received a BS Degree in Business Administration from CSU, Long Beach, a California Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential and a Masters Degree in Teaching/Curriculum form CSU, Dominguez Hills in 1998 and 2000, respectively. She and her husband, Donald, have been married for 29 years and they have two adult children.
Mrs. Karen E. Stone holds the position of Chief Financial Officer. She is a strong advocate of literacy. This love of reading developed during her childhood years. She states" growing up in the City of Compton in the 70's with very little community resources to keep a young person stimulated, and being the youngest of eight children, allowed me to have a lot of solitude. However, I discovered that I could read a book and the experiences within the pages allowed me to visit any place I wanted to go, or become whomever I wanted to be." Karen contributes over 20 years of accounting experience, over 10 years of financial management experience, along with 10 years of experience in non-profit financing to the board. Mrs. Jones is currently the Senior Financial Executive at a prominent charter school organization which serves students in California and students out of state.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
In 2003, Terri Norwood had a vision!!! She wanted to develop a program in the Inglewood community that would allow her to “give back" and make a positive impactful difference in the lives of children. She wanted the program to be beneficial, enriching, and fun for children. As a dedicated, creative, and resourceful public school elementary educator who taught in Los Angeles and Inglewood for years, she saw first -hand, how important it was for young children to develop and foster a love for reading. "Reading really is the key to a child's success in school and in life”, said Mrs. Norwood. "It's the most important skill a child will acquire in school because it is the foundation to all other learning, continues Mrs. Norwood.
Besides, she absolutely, loved reading stories to her classes over the years every day after lunch. "Reading all types of wonderful stories of different genres over the years has developed into a special time that my "Star Students" and I look forward to sharing ... a time when we can learn, laugh, and simply enjoy the world of books together.", she fondly recalls.
Ms. Olivette McPherson-Brown has volunteered with the Bright Stars Reading club since its inception and serves as the Secretary on the Board of Directors. Ms. Brown is an advent reader and a creative writer who believes that the enjoyment of reading is nurtured from birth and continues to grow as literacy skills develop. She believes early intervention in school readiness and academic skills help to foster high literacy skills.
Ms. Brown brings a wealth of experience from the field of education. She worked over 30 years as a special education teacher and a transition facilitator with the Los Angeles Unified School District. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from CSU, Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, Special Education and General Education Teacher's Credential, Language Development Specialist, and an Administrative Credential and Masters in Education, also from CSU, Los Angeles.
Our mission is to support African-American females, ages 13-18, on their journey to self-love, education, and community involvement.
Mentor Jackie Hampton
Mentor Brittney Miller
Black Butterflyz, presented by Bright Stars, Inc., is a new free mentoring initiative that coordinates an interdependent relationship for African-American females , ages 13-18, facing adversity and needing support to succeed. Black Butterflyz is designed to provide teens with an opportunity to build supportive bonds with their peer group and mentors through various group activities. The Black Butterflyz meets once a month on Saturdays during a 3- hour period. For more information , please contact Jackie at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Black Butterflyz on Facebook.
Ms. Olivette McPherson-Brown
Mrs. Karen E. Stone
Chief Financial Officer