Today is International Mother Language Day! Today, we celebrate languages all around the world. We believe in the importance of preserving and promoting Mayan culture, especially through languages like Kaqchikel, Tz'utujil, and Quiché. Watch this video of Starfish Impact School Director Vilma and Social Studies educator Chonita and learn more about how mother languages contribute to the cultural richness and diverse identities in our world. ... See more
This past weekend, we held our 6th annual Volcanothon!!! Girl Pioneers, Starfish staff, and visitors braved the steep climb to reach the summit of San Pedro Volcano together. Thank you to all the guests that participated, including students from Northampton High School in Massachusetts through Peace Works Travel! We’ve got incredibly sore legs today but happy hearts. ... See more
24-year-old Silvia is a graduate of the first group of Girl Pioneers. She was an intern at the LIFE School, Panajachel, Guatemala, a bilingual international school, and was then hired as a full time staff member for her great performance. Now she teaches Spanish class to 15 primary school students. At first she was nervous in the classroom, but now feels very comfortable leading and loves teaching them. Pictured here, she and In-Country Director Norma commemorated her leadership in a cultural event at the LIFE School called “Why I'm Proud to be Guatemalan.” That’s the power of a Starfish grad in action! ... See more
We’re changing the narrative of education in Guatemala. That’s why teamwork makes the dream work at the Impact School! Our classrooms are full of engaged young women, and group work is a great way for them to learn from each other and think critically together. Photo credit: Livvy Runyon ... See more
Around the world, more than 130 million girls are out of school today, and most will not get to finish secondary school. The world cannot afford to not educate girls. When we invest in girls, we are creating a safer and more sustainable future for all. Girls’ education empowers women, increases economic growth, leads to smaller, healthier families, results in healthier and better educated children, and so much more! Help create change in rural Guatemala and support the ripple effects of educating a Girl Pioneer today: starfish-impact.org/donate. Photo credit: Kate Lord ... See more
Happy Valentine’s Day! Girl Pioneers celebrated love and friendship this morning with small gifts for each other and lots of hugs.
This past Sunday was the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. According to the United Nations, science and gender equality are key to sustainable development. We couldn’t agree more! At the Impact School, Girl Pioneers are not just learning random concepts in science class; we are contextualizing it to their lives. What does “science” even mean? What kinds of scientific careers could they have? In these photos, seventh graders work on an experiment. Who knows how many future scientists and engineers are pictured here! #WomenInScience #GirlsinSTEM ... See more
Today, we’re throwing it back to last year’s Latina Magazine documentary on Starfish grad Candelaria. Whether you’ve already seen it or didn’t get the chance, it’s worth the watch! There’s nothing better than seeing the amazing power of the #TheGirlEffect in action and understanding why our work in Guatemala is so important. Thanks again, Connie Chavez and Latina Magazine--we still love this! ... See more
Meet Starfish, a Guatemalan non-governmental organization that works with young women from low-income, indigenous communities who have the talent and desire to succeed but lack access to opportunity.
We’re already searching for the Girl Pioneers that will join the Starfish Impact School in 2019! This morning, we want you to hear from a member of the selection team. Selina is a Starfish Impact School selection mentor, and she’s also a graduate of the Starfish program. “I like my job. I’m passionate about what I do every day and it motivates me to keep going and persevere in my daily life. Going to the field excites me because visiting a community is an opportunity for a girl to make her dreams a reality.” ... See more
Do you like 5280 Magazine? Are you a big fan of Starfish and the Girl Pioneers? We’ve got exciting news... We are featured in this month’s February issue! Huge thanks to 5280 for the support!
In the dark days of winter, these Centennial State groups show us how Coloradans are brightening lives around the globe.
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