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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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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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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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13 Messages for Women Around the World

At Starfish we celebrate women everyday, but March is a particularly special month for women across the planet. The US celebrates Women’s History Month, the world celebrates International Women’s Day, and (in the spirit of things) our staff members have some words of wisdom to share. We asked them, “What messages do you have for women…

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GALS Movement Training

During the last week of July, Starfish received some special visitors! Representatives from Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS) spent an entire week sharing professional development training with the Starfish Impact School educators. GALS is an all-girls charter school in Denver, Colorado, that is built on the idea of movement in educational settings. Based on scientific…

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Introducing: Escuela Estrellita

  For the past several months, our team in Guatemala has been working tirelessly to prepare for the opening of the Starfish Impact School in January 2017. A critical part of this process is recruiting students for the school. Between February and April, recruiting mentors Beverly and Mayra conducted visits to the eight previously selected…

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The United State of Women Summit: A Chat with Norma Baján Balan

Norma Baján Balan, In-Country Director of Starfish, recently returned from a trip to Washington DC with two of her fellow Starfish team members, Vilma and Travis. In DC, they had the honor of attending and participating in The United State of Women Summit, where leaders from all backgrounds convened to celebrate women’s achievements and to…

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