Starfish Impact School students are starting a new book this month: The Diary of Anne Frank. A big question for us has been: how do we provide context for this important text? Our language arts educator, Ixkik, admits its hard but today she started off with a valuable lesson. "I want to first provide them with the vocabulary. What is ideology? How can we use this understanding to frame the Holocaust in terms of what happened here in Guatemala with the Armed Conflict?" Here's what 7th-grader Fabiola wrote in her journal at the end of today's class. It's pretty amazing to see how quickly these girls grasp complex concepts. ... See more
Milsa may have presented at the She's the First Summit this weekend, but she's not done with New York just yet! Tomorrow she will attend The Youth Assembly at the United Nations! Here's what she had to say over Instagram (follow us @starfish_impact for more updates from Milsa!): "In my application, I said that the 5 sustainable development goals that are most important to me are: 1 (No poverty), 2 (Zero hunger), 4 (Quality education), 5 (Gender equality), and 13 (Climate action). Here is what I wrote: I chose five goals that are very important to me because they are very common topics in my country. Poverty is very common in Guatemala, as is malnutrition. We need a good quality education so that students are well rounded, because many schools don’t teach important information and I believe it’s not fair to students. I also chose gender equality because there is a lot of discrimination in my country and we need to end that once and for all. I also chose climate change because there is a lot of contamination in many countries, and this is affecting our whole world. If we don’t stop throwing trash in the streets, I wonder what would be of us in ten years." ... See more
ICYMI: Watch Milsa's presentation from Saturday's She's the First Summit! We have to express our gratitude to Dr. Beth Osnes and Chelsea Hackett of SPEAK for incorporating the vocal empowerment curriculum into our program. Seeing Milsa speak so eloquently in front of this large audience is testament to the importance of an empowered voice! ... See more
Milsa is a 19-year-old She's the First Scholar in Guatemala, part of the Starfish One By One program. Vocal empowerment has been a critical part of her growth, so she leads the #STFSummit audience in a couple of her favorite exercises. The #STFSummit, held on August 5th at NYU School of Law, was made possible with support from American Express, AppNexus, and Glamour's The Girl Project. ... See more
Did you watch Milsa during today's She's the First Summit livestream? Here she is leading the entire audience in a vocal empowerment exercise!
Are you #readyfortheweekend? We certainly are! What better way to spend your Saturday than tuning in to a powerful conversation about the most pressing issues in feminism and girls’ education? She's the First will be streaming this year's summit LIVE tomorrow right here on Facebook, and the line-up is pretty stacked. Follow the link below and see for yourself! Leave comments and questions on the She's the First Facebook page and tune in anytime tomorrow (9AM - 5:15PM) to hear from some powerful leaders. P.S. Starfish Girl Pioneer Milsa speaks at 4PM EST! P.P.S. Like we said yesterday, don't forget to follow us on Instagram (@starfish_impact) to get exclusive updates from Milsa! She's taking over our account for this week! ... See more
Friday is the last day to register for the 6th annual #STFSummit, which is now, for the first year ever, open to the public! There are only a few seats left. Get your ticket at shesthefirst.org/summit. (Tony-award winner @[22268669123:274:Sarah Jones]' performance is exclusive to our live audience!) Plan B: Tune into the STF Summit on Facebook Live on Saturday! We'll be looking for your questions and comments. Here is our broadcast schedule: 9am-11:50am EST: -Welcome by @[1555353074:2048:Brooke Sassman], Emcee -Newest Trends in Girls' Education Panel featuring @[620455405:2048:Christen Brandt], @[575025645:2048:Chernor Bah], and @[100005651414647:2048:Judith Bruce]. -Special Announcement by @[1511610237:2048:Katie Riley] - STF Scholar Yezena from Ethiopia - Activism Inspiring Art panel featuring @[1044750069:2048:Nora Hood Lum], @[100004144240798:2048:Amanda Gorman], @[100008253288171:2048:Blair Imani], @[540866488:2048:Nelli Agbulos], Jenae Holloway of @[26815555478:274:Glamour] - @[301016740338347:274:Jennifer Romolini], author of Weird in a World That's Not 2:05pm-3:05pm EST: - When Feminism Has a Price Tag panel featuring @[907446:2048:Jessica Bennett], @[169948599757215:274:Soraya Chemaly], @[1268520077:2048:Aminata B. Sow], Heather Arnet - @[100007669651617:2048:Ajit George] of @[1268112144:2048:Shanti Bhavan Children] (seen in Netflix's Daughters of Destiny) 4:05-5:15pm EST: -STF Scholar Milsa from Guatemala - Closing Keynote @[1054748985:2048:Amy O'Leary] interviewed by @[24801183:2048:Tammy Tibbetts] ... See more
Girl Pioneer Milsa arrived in New York City on Monday!! This week, she is hanging out with other She's the First scholars (like Yezena, from Ethiopia!), meeting with female leaders, exploring the Big Apple, and preparing for her speech at the She's the First conference this weekend. Stay up to date with Milsa's trip by following us on Instagram (@starfish_impact)! She'll be taking over our feed over the next couple of weeks to share her trip with you! Follow us today and don't miss a thing. 📸: She's the First ... See more
50% of indigenous kids have to repeat 1st grade. Three Starfish grads are working to change that. Adelita, Rosa Angelina, and Rosa Hermelinda are working as pre-school teachers using the methodology of our partner, Aula Mágica Guatemala - Magical Classroom. They convene pre-schoolers in their villages with the goal of getting them ready for primary school. These young women are living proof that when you invest in girls, you invest in the future. ... See more
We cannot wait to watch "Daughters of Destiny", a new Netflix documentary focusing on the work of fellow She's the First partner organization, Shanti Bhavan Children's Project. They follow a similar philosophy to ours, always working to answer one question: how far can she go? Grab some tissues and watch the inspiring trailer. ... See more
Since 1997, the Shanti Bhavan school has provided free education for some of India's most impoverished and underrepresented children – the "poorest of the po...
Earlier this month, university students in our Quetzal Fund took a trip to the Pepsi offices in Guatemala City where they met with young women working in admin, marketing, product development, and more. They had an opportunity to engage one-on-one with female Pepsi executives as well, something that Girl Pioneer María Victoria says was "a great experience" for her. "I was telling them I study business administration, and they were so surprised and supportive. They were surprised because not many women study this track. For example, there are only 14 women in my class of 48. So for me, it was great to speak with these women and learn about the work they do. They gave me a lot of encouragement to keep studying and it made me think about different career options." ... See more
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