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13 Messages for Women Around the World

At Starfish we celebrate women everyday, but March is a particularly special month for women across the planet. The US celebrates Women’s History Month, the world celebrates International Women’s Day, and (in the spirit of things) our staff members have some words of wisdom to share. We asked them, “What messages do you have for women…

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7 Ways Our Small Business Program Fosters High-Impact Entrepreneurship

Women face significant obstacles and inequalities in the workplace—we know this—and indigenous women in Guatemala face even more disadvantages. Ninety percent of Guatemalan adolescents receive no job-readiness training. In a country where roughly half the population is Mayan, only 12 percent of small businesses’ employees are indigenous. We call the young women in our program…

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How the Starfish Impact School is Revolutionizing Education in Guatemala

In January 2017, we will launch the Starfish Impact School—a free, all-girls secondary school that will differ dramatically from any existing school in Guatemala. According to a recent report by the Malala Fund, 32 million girls are currently missing out on the first 3 years of secondary education, and millions more who start never graduate.…

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GALS Movement Training

During the last week of July, Starfish received some special visitors! Representatives from Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) spent an entire week sharing professional development training with the Starfish Impact School educators. GALS is an all-girls charter school in Denver, Colorado, that is built on the idea of movement in educational settings. Based on scientific…

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Introducing: Escuela Estrellita

  For the past several months, our team in Guatemala has been working tirelessly to prepare for the opening of the Starfish Impact School in January 2017. A critical part of this process is recruiting students for the school. Between February and April, recruiting mentors Beverly and Mayra conducted visits to the eight previously selected…

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The United State of Women Summit: A Chat with Norma Baján Balan

Norma Baján Balan, In-Country Director of Starfish, recently returned from a trip to Washington DC with two of her fellow Starfish team members, Vilma and Travis. In DC, they had the honor of attending and participating in The United State of Women Summit, where leaders from all backgrounds convened to celebrate women’s achievements and to…

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My Experience in the United States: A Guest Blog by Vilma Saloj

  One of our Guatemala Starfish staff members, Vilma Saloj Chiyal, recently returned from a two-month trip to the United States. Formerly the coordinator of the Sololá mentorship office, Vilma was recently selected to become Director of the Starfish Impact School, opening in January 2017. In addition to attending professional development sessions with our team…

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Lantern Journeys Guatemalan Adventure

Last week, we wrapped up one of our annual Starfish trips: the Lantern Journeys Guatemalan Adventure! Through a partnership with Live Worldly, an organization that organizes intentional trips abroad by engaging with local communities, Lantern Journeys enables Starfish visitors to become familiar with our program while also being immersed in Guatemalan culture and personal wellness. This…

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Retreat to Cerro de Oro

    Last weekend, the leaders of each Starfish program participated in a team retreat to a nearby lake town called Cerro de Oro (Hill of Gold). The objective of the getaway was to  creatively brainstorm in a new space about the long-term vision of Starfish. Staying on a beautiful lakeside property for the weekend…

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Trip to Chajul

Throughout the last week of March, several Starfish staff members and graduates who are currently developing our small business program attended an entrepreneurship event in Chajul, Guatemala! Small Business Coordinator Vanessa, Small Business Assistant Yamil, Quetzal Fund Coordinator Ceci, and Santiago mentor Paola accompanied Starfish Girl Pioneers at Primer Evento de Emprendimiento Social (First Social…

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