Our Mission

 

Starfish unlocks- and maximizes- the potential of young women to lead transformational change.

 

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Our Partners

Investment Partners

In addition to the invaluable support of individual investors and family foundations, Starfish is fortunate to have the present and past of the following  institutions.

Innovation Partners

The following organizations have generously shared their experience and expertise with Starfish.

dining
estice
fedex
juconi
save the children
university of colorado
givology
sg foundation
keurig
Africa '70
Girls Athletic Leadership School
Gobierno de Guatemala
rotary copia
united
usaid
Teach for America
WINGS
Kipp
weyrhouse
luckys
she is the first
Pedagogia 3000
the summit
m night
FBB

Implementation Partners

There is no doubt that pushing paradigms extremely challenging. It is far easier to achieve impact when we work in partnership with other like focused-prgrams. Starfish is honored to partner on the ground with the following organizations:

Pay It Forward Partners

Starfish knows it is extremely fortunate to have access to powerful innovation. We strive to return this favor to other organizations doing essential work in Guatemala.

Since 2012 Starfish has trained other 18 other woman and/or youth-focused organizations throughout Guatemala.

image corp
frienship
limitless
arrow forward
construcasa
community
pi
solola

Our Model

The premise is simple: find a generation of teenage girls living in poverty but who possess extremely high aptitude, and mutually commit to bringing forth the full potential of each young woman.  We call these girls our Girl Pioneers. Our program takes a holistic approach to transformation – providing not only access to schooling, but also mentorship and leadership support and instruction for each of our Girl Pioneers. Every element of our program is designed to nurture each Girl Pioneer and help her define and realize her dreams.

 

Program elements are defined below:

 

 

At Starfish our goal is to innovate high-impact responses that equip each Girl Pioneer with the skills to blaze a new trail and become part of the first-generation female outliers. This approach is in stark contrast to traditional approaches to development.
 
girl-pioneer-icon-04The result? Our Girl Pioneers are far surpassing several generations of otherwise incremental change. And we believe our approach will propel and inspire countless others to do the same.

GIRL PIONEER: EMPOWERED TO EMPOWER

 

 

 

 

Our Impact

 

The goal of Starfish is to create a dramatic change in the lives of the Starfish girls, their families, and their communities.

We aim to reverse the cycle of poverty that the Mayan people have experienced for generations.

To do so, we know that more is required than simply providing schooling to the girls. We must extend this to realize long-standing paradigm shifts.

As such, we measure our program effectiveness based on our collective impact. This is to say, the impact of our efforts to the girls, their families and their communities – now and for the future. Our results thus far demonstrate this first signs of a dramatic change.

 

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