“At the same time, the full promise of girls’ education remains elusive. Hundreds of millions of girls facing disadvantages like poverty, remoteness, and conflict still do not go to school. And their peers who are in school are not learning: Sixty perfect of children and adolescents across the globe are not fully literate. Why are we falling short on delivering on the girls’ education promise? Because while we know why we should focus on girls, we need to get much smarter about how we focus on girls.” We opened the Starfish Impact School because we wanted to provide young indigenous women with quality education. Investing in girls’ education is key to their success and their ability to make transformational change in their lives. Such change does not come solely from school attendance--it requires a comprehensive approach like the one we strive toward at the Starfish Impact School. Take a moment today and read “The Half-Truths That Have Sidetracked Girls’ Education” from the Stanford Social Innovation Review to learn more about approaches to girls’ education around the world. ... See more
We are still falling short on girls’ education globally. It’s time for a new approach.
“The beautiful thing about learning is no one can take it away from you.” - B.B. King Give the invaluable gift of education this holiday season! Donate today at starfish-impact.org/donate.
At the Starfish Impact School, we invest in our educators so that they have access to professional development opportunities that equip them for high quality academic instruction. Our goal is to help local staff redefine the word “school” to meet their students’ needs. Math educator Celestina recently returned from a professional development trip to the United States. During her two weeks in the U.S., Celestina visited schools in North Carolina, Colorado, and Maryland to observe classrooms and engage with other math education professionals. Welcome back to Guate, Celestina! Photo credit: Livvy Runyon ... See more
“I give to Starfish because the most direct and immediate way to impact a community is to educate its girls. I also give to Starfish because I know the funds go to work on the ground, in the trenches to educate tomorrow's leaders and shining stars.” - Starfish board member Tami Goodlette Invest in girls’ education this holiday season by giving at starfish-impact.org/donate. Why do you support the Girl Pioneers? Comment and let us know! Photo credit: Livvy Runyon ... See more
Last month, Girl Pioneers concluded their unit on The Diary of Anne Frank by presenting group projects in Spanish language arts class. The presentations focused on adolescence, resilience, identity, and the history of the Jews and World War II. During this unit, Girl Pioneers expanded their understanding of history, critical thinking, and how to make connections to the texts that they read. At the end of the final presentation, Girl Pioneer Norma told her peers, “tell your family members--your parents and siblings--so that they can also have this knowledge and we can share what we have learned this year.” ... See more
When Girl Pioneers graduate from high school, there are several ways that they can continue to receive support from Starfish. Through the New Horizons graduate program, Girl Pioneers can continue their education in university through ongoing coaching and financial support through the Quetzal Fund and can also find formal employment and learn job readiness skills such as resume building. Last week, several Girl Pioneers and their New Horizons coaches commemorated the accomplishments of eight graduates who were able to accomplish three of Starfish's four organizational goals: economic independence (earning more than $3,500 USD per year), 15 years of formal education, and demonstrated leadership (elected and voluntary positions of leadership in the community). We love to celebrate when graduates achieve these goals! ... See more
Ever wanted to experience the beauty of Guatemala? Do you want to see our work in action and meet the incredible young women of Starfish? Attend our annual Volcanothon: February 14-20, 2018! During Volcanothon, you will be able to tour the Starfish Impact School, meet Girl Pioneers, and visit their homes. We will also climb San Pedro volcano alongside Girl Pioneers to honor and support them. Read the full itinerary at bit.ly/volcanothon2018. For more information, contact Joanna French at email@example.com or call (303) 670-1291. ... See more
Thank you to everyone who has helped us raise more than $33,000 so far to support the 50 new Girl Pioneers who will start attending the Starfish Impact School in January!
Have you made your Colorado Gives Day donation yet? There’s still time! You do not need to be a resident of Colorado to participate. Support Girl Pioneers by donating at bit.ly/starfishcogives2017. Today is the last day to triple your impact through the $15,000 matching gift from one of our investors and the Colorado Gives Incentive Fund! ... See more
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