We know that our vision is audacious—to empower young women from outside the margins of Guatemala to catapult themselves to positions of influence in the community and country in one generation. We also know that it's possible. The lives of Girl Pioneers are changing rapidly, and it’s exciting to witness. Learn more about how these young women are dreaming big as they envision their futures: bit.ly/starfishAR2017. Photo: Kate Lord Photography + Films ... See more
Elvira recently reflected on how the competency of critical thinking can help address environmental challenges. Critical thinking is one of six competencies that Girl Pioneers learn and practice at the Starfish Impact School as they develop their leadership skills. “I remember that in my community there was a river where my families and neighbors would go to get water, and I also remember that the forests were clean, but now they are affected by the pollution that we have provoked. Now the level of the river is lower and it has almost disappeared. The education that I receive in the Starfish Impact School helps me to utilize critical thinking to formulate different solutions for this and other problems that not only benefit me, but also all of the people in my community.” - Elvira, 8th-grader at the Starfish Impact School ... See more
Today, we’re thinking ahead to Earth Day coming up on April 22. This week, we’ll be sharing Girl Pioneers’ thoughts on taking care of the environment and how girls’ education can create sustainable communities. Thanks to our wonderful partner, She's the First, for the thought-provoking prompt! "In my community, once a month there is a cleaning day to pick up all the trash that is in the streets, with the goal of keeping a clean community that reduces pollution, because Lake Atitlán is a beautiful landscape and we need to take care of it." - Linda, 8th-grader at the Starfish Impact School ... See more
“Investing in girls’ education changes her generation because this educated and graduated woman will break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, and be a distinct model for others.” - Norma, Guatemala Executive Director Why do you support girls' education? Comment and let us know! Photo credit: Cecilia Arriaza ... See more
“Investing in girls’ education changes her generation because this educated and graduated woman will break cycles of poverty, illiteracy, malnutrition, and be a distinct model for others.” - Norma, Guatemala Executive Director Why do you support girls' education? Let us know in the comments! Photo credit: Cecilia Arriaza ... See more
We are happy to share an update on several graduates who are working as teachers for Aula Mágica Guatemala - Magical Classroom, a preschool education program that trains young adults to teach children living in rural Guatemala without access to schools. Pictured here, new Magical Classroom teachers hold their certificates after finishing training. Starfish grads Juana Priscila (second from the left), Juana (second from the right), and Amalia (on the right) have been teaching classes for the past few months. All of their students have the materials they need and these young women have been great examples of resilience and excellence in their work so far. This is #TheGirlEffect in action! Young women empowered to lead and make change in their own lives and using that leadership to invest in others. ... See more
Girl Pioneer Yesica Maribel is a trailblazer—she is the youngest of five children and first to attend school. When her journey with Starfish began in 2016, her knowledge of Spanish was very limited. Her native language is Kaqchikel and she wanted to improve her Spanish so that she could help her family and have a formal job as a lawyer in the future. Now, Yesica is comfortable using Spanish daily at the Starfish Impact School and her educators have noticed great improvement. Along the way, she has learned the valuable lesson of working hard toward a goal and asking others for help when she needs it. Read more of Yesica’s story in our 2017 Annual Report: bit.ly/starfishAR2017. Photo credit: Janna Overend ... See more
Today is World Health Day, a day dedicated to global health awareness. We focus on holistic development, and know that Girl Pioneers’ health is an important factor in their ability to succeed as educated and empowered leaders. That’s why our mentorship curriculum covers topics including basic health and hygiene, reproductive health, and healthy relationships. Our goal is for Girl Pioneers to be healthy and well informed so that they can make their own decisions and thrive in their education and beyond. Happy World Health Day to all! Photo credit: Kate Lord Photography + Films ... See more
7th-graders at the Starfish Impact School are learning about narratives in language arts class. Earlier this week, they started the unit by practicing the art of creative storytelling. Pictured here, Girl Pioneers Wendy Marisol, Jaquelin, and Sara created a story together to read in front of the class. ... See more
2017 was a big year for us. In January, we opened the doors of the Starfish Impact School. In November, we celebrated the high school graduation of 23 young women from the wraparound mentorship program, the first cohort of Girl Pioneers completed their first school year at the Starfish Impact School, AND we broke ground on the construction of the permanent school building in Sololá. These are just a small number of last year’s many highlights! Peruse our 2017 Annual Report to learn more about our organization's progress and how generations of Girl Pioneers are creating an infinite impact. Read the report today at bit.ly/starfishAR17. Photo credit: Livvy Runyon ... See more
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