The Starfish Connection website is dedicated to the memory of our cofounder, Mrs. Judith Martin. Judy and her husband David had a dream of enriching and changing the lives of promising Stamford young people. Ten years later the Starfish family realized the fulfillment of Judy’s dream as three of our first students graduated from high school and enrolled in competitive four-year universities.

The mission of Starfish Connection is to address Stamford’s academic achievement gap by providing long-term mentoring, after-school and summer enrichment programs, and educational support to promising students from the city’s underserved families. We pair a mentor with a student, one-on-one to provide these resources.

These mentors meet their students in the student’s 3rd grade year. This allows the mentor and student to forge a lasting connection providing a network of encouragement and support all the way until the student’s graduation from high school. Our goal is to ensure these students reach their potential and dreams of attending competitive 4-year colleges, breaking the cycle of poverty for themselves and future generations.