Happy International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples! This UN holiday is dedicated to protecting and promoting the rights of indigenous peoples throughout the world. Each day, we are inspired by the Mayan indigenous young women in the communities where we work. Read our new blog post to learn more about indigenous culture in Guatemala and what it means to Girl Pioneers! ... See more
Her Infinite Impact
“I am proud to be part of the Mayan culture and demonstrate that as indigenous women, we can be great leaders in our community or any other environment.” - Girl Pioneer Siona Matzar
“I am proud to be an indigenous young woman because an indigenous woman fights to provide food for her children and looks for a way to achieve her objectives and goals. Many say that a woman can’t share her opinion, but it’s not right because an indigenous woman can make a difference.” - Jaquelin, 7th-grader In honor of the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples later this week, we’ll be sharing Girl Pioneers’ thoughts on their Mayan identity and what it means to them. Stay tuned! ... See more
“I use my empowered voice by speaking truthfully and boldly.” Sonia Aracely is from the community of Xolbé, very close to our new school building. She’s the third of five siblings and sees education as the path to achieve her goals and help her family. As an 8th-grader at the Impact School, she’s learned a lot so far about competencies like vocal empowerment, resilience, and critical thinking. "If I have an obstacle in my life, I use the competencies and I can overcome the obstacles that I have. I have evidence that the competencies work and they have served me well." Photo: Carly Piersol ... See more
There’s more to hear from Girl Pioneers in honor of the International Day of Friendship! “A good friendship means being patient, spending time with her, always being honest with one another, being united in any moment and place, and always being there for the good and bad moments.” - Diana, 7th-grader, on left “Diana is like my sister. She is by my side and I always tell her what happens at my house. We have obstacles, but I share what happens to me. From the time we started in the Starfish Impact School, we began a friendship and since that moment, we haven’t separated.” - Rosalía, 7th-grader, on right Photo: Mary O’Connor ... See more
Today is the International Day of Friendship! We asked 7th-grader Estefany and 8th-grader Elvira about why their relationship is important to them. Despite being in different grade levels at the Impact School, these two have formed a strong friendship, including a goodbye hug before getting on the bus at the end of the school day. Elvira: “I like to spend time with Estefany because she is very fun. She adds a lot of excitement to my life. If I am sad, she makes me laugh. She lifts my spirits and that’s why I like to be with her.” Estefany: “I like being with Elvira because she understands me and I can tell her things that I can’t tell anybody else.” Take an extra moment today to tell a friend how much you appreciate them! Photo: Mary O’Connor ... See more
“There are more than 500 million adolescent girls living in the developing world today. Every one of them can potentially help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, with ripple effects multiplying across her society.” - Anthony Lake, Executive Director of UNICEF When you support Girl Pioneers at the Starfish Impact School, you are supporting much more transformational change than you may even realize. Thank you! Photo: Mary O’Connor ... See more
Welcome, Estrellitas! That’s one nickname we have for the young women who started Escuela Estrellita (Little Star School) last week. Escuela Estrellita is our last step in the selection process before our next school year starts in 2019. Over the next several months, they will be introduced to Starfish culture and take math and reading classes to get ready for academics at the Impact School. ... See more
This is 7th-grader Azucely Esmeralda and her mentor, Nina. Starfish mentors are such an important part of the support that Girl Pioneers receive at the Starfish Impact School. Mentors help girls and their families to navigate through the ups and downs so that each young woman achieves her infinite impact. Read our new blog post to learn more about our mentors! ... See more
These 7th-graders are some of the 93 Girl Pioneers who make up the first two generations of students at the Starfish Impact School. Your support over the years has helped create profound sustainable change in the lives of 250 Starfish grads. Now, you have the opportunity to support these Girl Pioneers and the new group of girls who will start school in 2019. Tomorrow is the LAST day that your donations will be matched up to $25,000. Visit bit.ly/her-infinite-impact to give today! ... See more
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