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Stand With Girls. Become Their Ally.

Millions of voices have come together in recent years to amplify this simple fact: Girls’ education is the lifeline to global development. When you educate a girl, you don’t just educate an individual; you lift up her family, her community, and future generations. Yet an astounding 130 million girls worldwide remain out of school. Without…

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¿Estas listo? ¿Estas lista? – Campaign for the prevention of adolescent pregnancy

This month, a group of Starfish mentors and Girl Pioneers participated in a press conference hosted by ADEMKAN, where they presented their statistical findings on the status of teenage pregnancies and sexual violence against women in Sololá. ADEMKAN is an organization dedicated to women development in indigenous communities. In a moving presentation, they called on…

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Starfish students have simulated parenting experience

Last week, Starfish One by One held its 4th annual two-day Student Leadership Summit. The summit is a time when students from all four of Starfish sites and all the mentors and staff get together to celebrate, share, engage, and even select the Starfish “queen,” the student who best embodies the Starfish values. This year,…

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Say “queso”!

Gracias to Taylor Davidson from Narratively and Sloane Davidson from She’s The First who recently volunteered to lead a photography workshop for our Starfish students. This is a valuable job skill for them and a new experience as many of the girls have never held a camera or taken photos before. Click here to see all of…

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A sponsor story:

“I grew up in Latin America.  My parents were from the States, but we were blessed enough to live overseas through my father’s work.  I lived in 5 different countries before I turned 16.  Living in Latin America, I was struck by both the richness of culture and the depths of poverty.  I fell in…

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Interview with a Starfish Graduate: Celena

We recently had a chance to talk to one of our newly graduated Starfish students and new mentor, Celena, about her experience. Q: What has been the hardest part about completing the last 6 years of secondary schooling? The illness of my father made things very difficult. And high school got even harder economically because…

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Graduation Season in Guatemala

Our volunteer in the field, Linnea, sends us a first-hand account of graduations in Guatemala: “We’ve made it through flag season, we’re just about done with graduation season and we’re moving right along into Christmas season! I’d like to explain to you what graduation season means here in Guatemala. I’m sure we all know what…

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2012 Starfish Graduate: Chonita

Congratulations to Starfish graduate, Concepcion “Chonita” Cua. Last week, at the age of 22, Chonita graduated as the valedictorian of her class in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. Her widowed mother never attended school; Chonita is the first. “Losing my fear ” has been Chonita’s biggest challenge over the last three years. As the only daughter of…

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2012 Starfish graduate: Celena

As the leaves turn and school starts in the United States, our students in Guatemala are wrapping up their school year, which runs from January through October. Twelve Starfish students will be graduating from high school this fall, gaining a position as the most educated members of their communities and certainly the most educated women.…

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Stories from the Field: Reflections from Marion

After her stay in Guatemala this summer, Marion a student from ESTICE University, has summed up her thoughts about her experiences working with Starfish. “My stay in Guatemala lasted two and a half months (May-July) during which I had the opportunity to work with Starfish One by One.  This was the best experience of my…

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