It’s Teacher Appreciation Week! We want to recognize our team of educators (many of whom are pictured here) and the critical role they play in educating Girl Pioneers at the Impact School. Our educators come from the same communities as the girls—they know the challenges, and they also know it’s possible for Girl Pioneers to overcome them when given support and opportunity. For all of this and more, we appreciate our dedicated team of educators. How have teachers been important in your life? Are there any that made a significant impact on you? Comment and let us know! Photo credit: Livvy Runyon ... See more
We seek to provide a dynamic, high-quality education to young women in rural Guatemala. During the school day, we love seeing moments of pure joy like these 8th-graders in movement class. Want to learn more about what’s happening at the Impact School? Sign up for our email newsletter at bit.ly/starfish-news. Photo credit: Mary O’Connor ... See more
At the Impact School, learning is an active process for both educators and students. Last week, Girl Pioneers made replicas of the cell in 8th-grade science class as part of their unit on cell biology. Here, Debora (left) and Claudia Marisol (right) put candy into cups, representing the parts of the cell. They later added jello to the cups to finish their models. We love using these kinds of creative activities in the classroom! ... See more
When Pamela joined Starfish in 2013, she was shy and struggled to express herself. Today, she is completing her senior year of high school as a confident young woman, knowing she can succeed and communicate well with others. She shared, “I want to challenge myself to see how much I can achieve.” Read more about how Pamela is defining her infinite impact in our 2017 Annual Report: bit.ly/starfishAR2017. Photo credit: Kate Lord Photography + Films ... See more
Here’s the latest video on the construction of the Impact School building. There will eventually be about 300 Girl Pioneers learning and growing here each year. We hope you’re as excited as we are! ... See more
Girl Pioneers have incredible stories of resilience, courage, and determination to succeed, even in the face of significant challenges. Jerónima’s story is no exception. As one of the first Girl Pioneers and now the Kaqchikel educator at the Starfish Impact School, she reflected: “At eight years old I wove beads, but now I weave knowledge and learnings of quality not quantity, of leadership and dedication, through my example of life.” Read her story and remind yourself of the power of fighting for girls’ education: starfish-impact.org/weaving-beads-in-kaqchikel Photo credit: Livvy Runyon ... See more
Her Infinite Impact
Over the weekend, we held our first Catalyst Conversations brunch event in Denver with the theme of Dynamics of Empowerment. We're still digesting all the incredible insights that were shared by our very own Girl Pioneer Ana Teresa and our three wonderful panelists and Starfish champions, author and board member Susie Reinhart, Hollywood stunt double Kendra Smith, and consultant on power dynamics Jesse King. This topic means so much to us as we empower and educate the next generation of leaders in Guatemala. The event was a great reminder that empowerment comes from within, but we can all continue to create opportunities for individuals, families, and communities to learn, experience, and grow. Thank you to everyone who came out for the event, and to Nora of Rowan + Birch for capturing this beautiful image of our panelists deep in discussion! Stay tuned for more highlights from this event and opportunities for you to join the conversation. ... See more
We believe in supporting and engaging with families of Girl Pioneers. Why do we focus so much on the family? “It is important for the parents to take responsibility for and see the progress of their daughter’s education. We also want each young woman to feel the support of her parents and know how important this is in her family.” - Yakelin, Starfish mentor Learn about the supportive role of family in Yesmy’s life: bit.ly/starfishAR2017. ... See more
Happy Earth Day! We hope you've enjoyed reading Girl Pioneers' thoughts on the environment this week. Their reflections motivate us to care for our planet and encourage others to do the same. We only have one Earth, so let’s make sure we can keep enjoying it—like these Girl Pioneers on Lake Atitlán earlier this year. ... See more
We’re reflecting on thoughtful words from Celestina as we look forward to Earth Day! “The education that I receive helps me to explain to my neighbors how we can stop destructing the environment in my community so that we know how to treat the environment and not destroy more of the ozone layer.” - Celestina, 8th-grader at the Starfish Impact School Photo credit: Janna Overend ... See more
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