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He Would Travel the Entire Country…

When Manuel Xep lost his job working as a security guard three months ago, his wife told Aura and Zoila that they would need to stop going to school and spend all their time working to help support the family. Aura (age 21) and Zoila (age 18) are members of the Luciernagas Triumfadoras mentorship group and…

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The Maripositas of Chuimanzana

We recently had the opportunity to accompany the Maripositas’ mentor, Yakelin Menchu, on two home visits in a village called Chuimanzana (outside of Sololá). It was wonderful to see our newest mentor in action. Yakelin does an amazing job at making everyone feel comfortable and drawing all members of the family into the games and…

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Vocal Empowerment: Leaders Must be Heard

  Leaders must be heard. Knowing is one thing, know-how is another. Just by starting the 7th grade, Starfish Girl Pioneers find themselves in unchartered waters. This sets the tone for the rest of her life. She will be blazing a new trail and serving as a role model for countless other girls, and facing…

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Spotlight on a Father: Carlos Yaxon Cumes

      Carlos Yaxon Cumes, father of Vilma Yaxon (of the Maripositas mentorship group), did not have the opportunity to study beyond the second grade. But Carlos and his wife, Matilde, are prioritizing their oldest daughter’s education. “The commitment to support your daughter in her studies past the 6th grade is not one that many…

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Volcanothon 2014: ¡Logramos la meta!

About two months ago, I decided that I should probably start training for the upcoming Volcanothon. After all, climbing Volcán San Pedro is no easy feat. The hike itself is about five miles round-trip, and the elevation changes by about 4,000 feet over the course of the hike – the summit being at an altitude of…

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Spotlight on a Girl Pioneer: Joselin Gricelda Tazaput Ajiquichí

My name is Joselin Gricelda Tazaput Ajiquichí. I am a member of the newest Starfish mentorship group, the Maripositas Soñadoras (the Dreamy Butterflies). I am twelve years old. My father is a carpenter; he went to school until the second grade. My mother looks after me and my three sisters; she never had the opportunity…

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Colorado Academy Senior Project by Nikki Antenucci

Artist Statement: Opportunity through the Lens  I was twelve-years-old when I wrote my first letter to Nicolasa. My teacher, Terri Leek, had told us about an organization called Starfish and my classmates at the Montessori School of Evergreen and I decided that we wanted to help support their mission of educating and empowering young Guatemalan women to…

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Spotlight on A Mentor: Claudia Nimacachi

My name is Claudia. I am nineteen years old and my family and I live in Santa Catarina – a town with a population of approximately five thousand people, located on the shores of Lake Atitlan. I have been part of the Starfish Program for six years and this past November, I graduated from high school…

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Starfish Mentors: The Ingredient for Success

Our newest staff member, Director of Development, Wende Valentine recently made her first field visit to Starfish. Here are some of her reflections: “I’m ashamed to admit it, but my hands ached. Too much pressure on the heels, not enough on the palms. Back and forth. Hand to hand. Minutes passed, and there I stood…

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Spotlight on a Girl Pioneer: Silvia Verónica Bocel

My name is Silvia Verónica Julajuj Bocel. I am a member of the newest mentorship group in the Starfish Program, the Maripositas Soñadoras (the Dreamy Butterflies). I am sixteen years old, and I live with my family in Chuimanzana. I have a wonderful family. Even though we didn’t have a lot growing up, we were…

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