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Defining Culture at the Starfish Impact School

What do you think of when you hear the word “culture”? Your mind may have just drifted to the food, language, or clothing of a particular group of people. Celebrating indigenous Mayan culture is a very important aspect of the Starfish Impact School. The school is designed to provide young women with a high-quality education…

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Meet the Mentors

Girl Pioneers are reaching new heights as they become educated and confident young women who are contributing to a more gender-equal world. As we support them, we focus on the “whole girl.” Our approach is not only concerned with the hours that we are face to face with Girl Pioneers at the Starfish Impact School.…

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Girl Pioneers Honor Their Moms

As Girl Pioneers blaze new trails, the support of their families is a critical part of their education and success. Throughout their lives and educational journeys, the mothers of Girl Pioneers make a significant impact on their daughters. This Mother’s Day, Girl Pioneers honored their mothers by sharing how their moms support them in their…

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If She Can Do It, I Can Do It

  We believe in the importance of giving Girl Pioneers female role models from all over the world who they can look up to and emulate at the Starfish Impact School. When they begin participating in Escuela Estrellita, a five month preparatory program for rising seventh graders, each new cohort has the opportunity to name…

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Her Infinite Impact: Chonita’s Story of Determination

Growing up in a rural village outside of Santiago Atitlán, Concepción Micaela, “Chonita,” didn’t think she was cut out for school. Her mom never stepped foot inside one and spent her days tailoring clothing to make a small income. Chonita’s father passed away when she was young, and her two brothers worked to support the…

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Unite with Girl Pioneers and #PressforProgress

  When it comes to achieving gender parity, girls in Guatemala have the odds stacked against them, especially if they live in rural indigenous communities. Fortunately, the story does not end there, and Girl Pioneers are pressing for progress. The young women in the Starfish program are standing tall in the face of adversity to…

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Volcanothon 2018: Summiting San Pedro

Climbing San Pedro Volcano is a favorite activity among Girl Pioneers, Starfish staff, and visitors. There are always unforgettable memories made during the scavenger hunt the day before the climb and after everyone celebrates reaching the summit together. For us, though, it is much more than a fun tradition. It symbolizes the steep climbs that…

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Starfish Impact School: First Year Reflections

In January 2017, we took a huge leap of faith and opened the Starfish Impact School. Over the past year, our first cohort of 47 students modeled perseverance, resilience, and the ability to adapt to a new style of teaching and learning. With each new school day, each Girl Pioneer demonstrated her dedication to the…

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Weaving Beads in Kaqchikel

Translation and photography by Nami Patel – view original presentation – link to the Spanish version I am a twenty-eight year old woman living on the peak of a mountain from where I can see Lake Atitlán, how its waves hit the rocks of the other mountains that surround it. When it rains, most little boys…

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Do What Matters

“Do What Matters” is a reflection from Starfish board member Susie Rinehart on her recent visit to Guatemala. Susie is a writer and educational consultant (www.susierinehart.com). She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her husband and two children. I am home after two weeks traveling in Guatemala. A year ago, when I was recovering from multiple skull surgeries,…

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