We want to provide education and support services that help at-risk youth in Guayaquil’s neighborhoods of Guasmo and Flor de Bastión improve school attendance, improve grades, increase parent involvement, and return to the program the following years until students graduate from secondary school.
Long-term, we want to ensure that at-risk Ecuadorian youth achieve a post-secondary education.
Starfish addresses factors limiting student achievement: hunger, behavioral problems/issues at home, and access to technology. Starfish provides nutritious snacks at tutoring sessions; delivers counseling/parent involvement programs with its staff psychologist; and offers Internet, computers, and printing services to help students submit/complete homework online. Some of our other supplemental programs that benefit students and their families include
of students we worked with stayed in school and are re-enrolled for the coming academic year!
Since its inception, Starfish has seen continual increase in its key impact metrics. Starfish evaluates its success by examining:
Students’ academic grades in school
Number of returning students
Number of scholarship applicants each year