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With My Knowledge and My Voice, I Am a Leader

When the doctor walks in, Andrea recites all of the vital sign measurements she took minutes earlier. Blood pressure, temperature, respiration rate—she’s pleased to report that the patient and the baby are stable. Standing in a health center in Santiago Atitlán, she has come a long way since joining Starfish in 2010. Back then, she…

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When I Fight for My Dreams, It’s Worth It

Graciela grew up in a rural community 45 minutes away from Lake Atitlán. Coming from a family that believed in the importance of education regardless of gender, she knew she wanted to continue studying, and her family supported her in that dream. Despite having the desire to study, she knew that the cost of school…

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What’s Race Got To Do With It?

We all want to relate to the people around us; it’s in our human nature. We search for qualities we have in common: hobbies, music preferences, personality traits, and the list goes on. But what do we first notice when meeting a new person? Even before we engage in conversation, physical characteristics like race and…

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Ingrid’s Story: Commitment to Her Lifelong Learning

By 6 AM, Ingrid is out the door to head to school. She meets another Impact School student, Zoila, so that they can walk to the bus stop together. Ingrid doesn’t return home until 6 PM, but her mother affirms that despite the long days, she comes home with the same enthusiasm that she leaves…

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Paying It Forward

Educators at the Impact School teach students in dynamic and engaging ways to help them learn and grow. For most girls at the school, the attentiveness and dedication of their educators is a new experience. In Guatemala, teachers at public schools often lack the skills and training required to instruct effectively. Jerónima, Kaqchikel educator at…

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Life Lessons Inside and Outside the Classroom

Education has the power to transform lives. Teachers can have a profound influence on their students through their instruction, and the lessons learned within the bounds of a classroom are critical. Yet, we also recognize that the teachers of life’s important lessons are found outside the classroom as well. Our staff is made up of…

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Using My Voice to Achieve My Dreams by Milsa Sajvin

When I was seven years old, I began to work selling bracelets on the street with my older brother. Maybe we sold to you or someone you know in Panajachel? My mother stayed in our home to cook, clean, and care for my younger brother and sister. During the night, she would stay awake to…

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Finding My Voice by Norma Baján

In Guatemala, women represent more than 50% of the population, yet many still lack educational opportunities and gender equality. Above all, they lack a voice of their own; a voice that reflects their desires, their dreams, their decisions, the manifestation, a voice that fights, that thinks, that transforms, but above all, that impacts. We are…

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Pamela’s NYC Reflections

Starfish unlocks and maximizes the potential of young women, connecting them to opportunities that allow them to broaden their horizons. Girl Pioneer Pamela is a 19-year-old from Panajachel, Guatemala, who is currently in her last year of studying the bilingual secretary track at a private high school and plans to study social work in university.…

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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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