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Our Model

Our model is simple: we work with young women from low-income, traditionally marginalized communities who have the talent and desire to succeed but lack access to opportunity. Through an intentional, holistic program, we provide access to education, intensive support from peers and mentors, and a diverse knowledge base to ensure that each young woman can realize her full potential and create systemic change.

We call the young women in our program “Girl Pioneers” because they are truly trailblazers. As the first women in their families, and often their communities, to study past the second grade, they are on an unprecedented trajectory. Intensive mentoring is crucial for long-term success—the Girl Pioneers can look to their mentors (young indigenous women from the same circumstances) as examples of perseverance on an otherwise unknown journey.

The result: Starfish Girl Pioneers are overcoming previously insurmountable obstacles to earn an education and empower themselves as leaders in Guatemala and on the global stage, thereby unlocking the power of the “Girl Effect.”

At Starfish our goal is to innovate high-impact responses that equip each Girl Pioneer with the skills to blaze a new trail and become part of the first generation of female outliers. This is in stark contrast to traditional approaches to development.

The result? Our Girl Pioneers are far surpassing several generations of otherwise incremental change. We believe our approach will propel and inspire countless others to do the same.

Program elements are defined below:

 

At Starfish our goal is to innovate high-impact responses that equip each Girl Pioneer with the skills to blaze a new trail and become part of the first-generation female outliers. This approach is in stark contrast to traditional approaches to development.
 
girl-pioneer-icon-04The result? Our Girl Pioneers are far surpassing several generations of otherwise incremental change. And we believe our approach will propel and inspire countless others to do the same.

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