Our Story

MorningStar International, Inc. was established in 2008 in Decatur, GA and 2010 in Detroit, MI, by founder Starr Essence. Believing that youth and young adults should have a positive and more realistic approach to education and career success aside from the methods taught in traditional pedagogic processes, MorningStar was created. With inspiration, development, and guidance as the cornerstone of the experience, we focused on empowering, equipping, educating, and encouraging students to succeed in a global economy. Over the last ten years, MorningStar has served students nationally and internationally. Our Project Love is a worldwide Initiative to serve those who are in need. Through our educational and life-ready programs, we have positively influenced hundreds of students in America and around the world. We help to matriculate youth into college by providing practical skills for STEAM careers, mentorship, internship, scholarships, entrepreneurship, and money management skills. We offer a unique blend of programs to increase self-esteem, life readiness, passion, effort, and the ability to use practical tools to adapt and transition into adulthood. In addition, we emphasize the importance of self-care and self-love. With the help of MorningStar Board of Directors and the community, we will continue to serve youth and make a positive impact globally.

Our Core Values


Our mission is to Educate, Equip, Encourage, and Empower youth and young adults ages 9-19 to compete in a global economy, not by chance, but by a purposeful design.


Is to be the most impactful global youth organization; transforming lives and inspiring youth to “Reach For A Star Within.”

Board of Directors

MorningStar International, Inc. Board of Directors is made up of leaders in their profession who advocate for improving education and connecting communities in the U.S. and globally. Through their dedication, leadership, support, and guidance, MorningStar is able to Educate, Equip, Encourage, and Empower MorningStar Scholars to succeed in a global economy.

Starr Essence

Founder and President

Nylene Watson


Dr. Georgette Fraser-Moore

Board Member

Ronald Norwood

Board Member

Muhammed Cannon

Board Member

Kedra Steave

Board Member