Some #MondayMotivation from Starfish Impact School student Yesica. How do you practice resilience in your life? Tell us in the comments! Photo credit: Janna Overend
Happy Friday! Here's something positive to shepherd you into the weekend: a grassroots effort to bring together local activists in Guatemala to discuss the importance of unifying efforts for the preservation and diffusion of mother tongues through information and communication technologies. "Some participants mentioned the importance of 'fostering pride, respect and using indigenous languages' as the 'key to eliminating all forms of discrimination.' According to the participants, indigenous languages must take over the Internet and become visible: 'No one can love and value what he does not know.'" Hats off to Rising Voices and Pueblo Click for organizing this important event. ... See more
The Digital Activism Meeting for Indigenous Languages took place in Guatemala and brought together important initiatives for the visibility and strengthening of Mayan languages through technology.
#tbt to Escuela Estrellita last summer! This "Little Star School" is the final stage of the selection process for the Starfish Impact School. Our selection committee is currently recruiting for the second generation of students, and Escuela Estrellita will be starting back up this summer! ... See more
While it's important for Girl Pioneers to practice vocal empowerment in safe spaces, it's also important for them to leave their comfort zone and practice raising their voices in public spaces. Last week, students in mentorship did just that and took to the streets of Panajachel to perform vocal empowerment exercises and songs! A big thanks to Chelsea Hackett for the video. ... See more
See firsthand how the Vocal Empowerment program at the Starfish Impact School works!
Registration for the Alianza Program is still open! Read our blog post and learn how you can deepen your impact through this innovative and intentional program. Know someone who would make an excellent Ally? Share this post! ... See more
A way to support girls education in a meaningful and interactive way. Click to learn more!
"One quarter of the children in Guatemala were born to adolescent mothers in the last five years." Lack of education coupled with systemic violence against women and cultural shame around women's bodies leads many young girls into motherhood before they are ready. As this article notes, "Sex education is taught in schools but campaigners say it is often incomplete or irrelevant, given that fewer than half the girls in Guatemala attend secondary schools." Contrary to global trends, teen pregnancy is on the rise in Latin America, and Guatemala has among the highest rates. Our program not only ensures that girls stay in school, but that during weekly mentorship sessions they receive access to information on reproductive health and sexual rights. ... See more
Angela is a gangly, giggly teenager in a Mickey Mouse t-shirt and sneakers. She also is the mother of a baby she bore at age 14 when she had sex with her teacher but did not know where babies came from. “I know they would come from your belly, but I didn't know how you would make them,” she told the... ... See more
Last Friday, we celebrated Día Mundial de Las Matemáticas (World Math Day) with a day filled with math games. Studies show that confidence in math predicts girls' participation in STEM fields, yet women and girls are disproportionately affected by math anxiety and self-doubt. That's why it's a point of pride for us to report that 83% of our students are performing at level in math. Walk down the halls of the Starfish Impact School and you will be surprised at how many students name math as their favorite class. Then again, maybe you shouldn't be that surprised at all. #GirlsInSTEM #GirlsInTech #YesAllGirls ... See more
"My mother inspires me because she always encourages me and pushes me to keep studying. When I feel overwhelmed, she helps me and tells me to keep pursuing my dreams and that one day I could have a big important job. When I have children, I know that I will also prioritize their education like my mother did for me." Happy Mother's Day to the amazing women all over the world who, like María, stand behind their daughters and do everything they can to secure a brighter future for their children. Celebrate the important women in your life this Mother's Day by gifting education. Make a gift in her honor today! starfish-impact.org/donate Photo featuring: Girl Pioneer Elvia (right) and her mother María and younger sister Photo credit: Anna Watts ... See more
On September 7th, Starfish supporters will gather at the SPACE Gallery in Denver, CO, for an inspiring evening to celebrate the opening of the Starfish Impact School and 10 years of Starfish innovation and impact. The event will feature locally sourced cuisine from our friends at All Love and Comal, open bar, and stories of impact from former Girl Pioneer and current educator Jeronima Sulugui Chumil. All proceeds will support the life changing work of our Girl Pioneers, educators, and staff. For more information regarding the event and/or available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Joanna French at email@example.com or call (720) 987-7841. We look forward to seeing you there! ... See more
Today is the first annual 50/50 Day! Join Starfish and people of all ages and gender identities in a global conversation about what it will take to get to a more gender-balanced world in all sectors of society: business, politics, culture, home, and more. How can you participate? We suggest you start by watching the 20-minute short film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power and tuning in to the 24-hour global LiveCast Q&A featuring prominent leaders discussing the intersection of gender and economics, health care, environment, politics, race, and so much more. Find the film, LiveCast, and more resources at the link below. Shout out to Tiffany Shlain & The Moxie Institute Film Studio for organizing this movement! #Gettingto5050 ... See more
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