One of the themes in mentorship class this week is “protection.” Key questions have been “how do I feel protected?” and “why is it important for me to feel safe?” In small groups, Girl Pioneers shared their answers to these critical questions as they learned the significance of feeling safe and advocating for themselves. ... See more
Today, we join the world in celebrating World Teachers’ Day. This year’s theme is “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.” At the Starfish Impact School, independence and empowerment in the classroom are two key components of a sustainable model that maximizes the potential of our educators. As Alix, our director of curriculum and assessment, explains, “We want independent, effective teachers that are able to connect and build empathy with the girls.” We know that there is a lot of support, intentionality, and collaboration that goes into balancing autonomy and empowerment. Join us today in celebrating educators around the world! ... See more
Girl Pioneer Rosa is currently completing a paid internship with Aula Mágica Guatemala - Magical Classroom, a preschool education program that serves young children in rural communities. As part of her internship, she teaches literacy skills. This past Sunday, Guatemala celebrated the Day of the Child, a day dedicated to children and celebrated with parades. The students in Rosa’s community did not have the resources to celebrate, but she took the initiative to request the support of Starfish in organizing an event for them. The kids had a celebration filled with cake, a piñata, and balloons. We love to see the vocal empowerment and leadership of our Girl Pioneers in action! ... See more
Girl Pioneers are learning about geology in science class. Today, the students split into groups to brainstorm important features of geology like rocks and fossils, and then took turns presenting to the rest of the class. As Girl Pioneers continue this unit, they will gain a deeper understanding of geology and its importance to the world around us. ... See more
At Starfish, we continue to evolve in an effort to more effectively unlock the potential of young women and answer the question “how far can she go?” In January 2017, we embarked on our biggest endeavor yet: opening the Starfish Impact School. Take a look at our 2016 Annual Report today to learn about our journey to open the school and read updates on the progress of several generations of Girl Pioneers. You can find the report at bit.ly/2016SFannualreport. Photo credit: Anna Watts ... See more
Meet Diana Regina. She is one of the new students who will begin attending the Starfish Impact School in January 2018. We are excited to welcome this new group of Girl Pioneers and support them through their journey. Will you help us raise an additional $10,000 for them? September 30th (the last day of our fiscal year) has arrived! Donate today at www.starfish-impact.org/donate. ... See more
This week, Starfish welcomed Rob, our education consultant, to the Starfish Impact School. Throughout the week, he spent time in conversations, interviews, and classroom observations with educators and staff regarding the progress of the School. With Rob, we’ve reflected on how much students’ critical thinking skills have grown and celebrated their active participation in the classroom. Rob remarked, Starfish is “thinking about the long term while 50 kids are running around the building.” As the Starfish Impact School evolves, we are happy to have the support of thought-leaders like Rob to help track our progress and determine how to best serve the Girl Pioneers. ... See more
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far! We are so close to reaching our goal of raising an additional $10,000 by September 30 to ensure that our second cohort of students have the support they need to start their first year at the Starfish Impact School in January 2018. You can support these Girl Pioneers by donating today at www.starfish-impact.org/donate. ... See more
Her Infinite Impact
Thank you to everyone who helped us exceed our goal of raising $15,000 to unlocking a matching grant from two of our generous investors! With your support, we successfully raised over $20,000 and will receive an additional match of $15,000 to support the Starfish Impact School! We need your help to raise $10,000 more to make sure the second cohort of Starfish Impact School students can start the year strong in January. Please help us by making a gift at www.starfish-impact.org/donate before September 30 -- the last day of our fiscal year. ... See more
Yesterday, Guatemalan citizens took part in a Paro Nacional, or "National Strike." The Starfish office closed mid-day, like most businesses in the area. To learn about the political situation that precipitated the strike, read the relevant articles below. Our staff met in the morning to discuss the importance of civic participation and how we can use this as an opportunity to strengthen our core mission: to develop local leaders. http://bit.ly/2jKB2b1 http://nyti.ms/2xU8ulK ... See more
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