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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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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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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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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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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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Stories from the field: Flag Season

Here is a fun report from Linnea in Guatemala: “It’s been almost a week since Guatemala celebrated its 191st year of being independent and the celebration continues. Guatemala celebrates its Independence Day much like the United States, but I have to say that Guatemalans really know to extend a one day holiday into an entire…

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