Mentorship, Guidance and Advocacy for Underserved Students
We help students reach their potential and achieve their dreams of attending competitive four-year colleges and universities
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.
Congratulations to our Starfish 2020 graduates!
We’re very proud of our 2020 graduates, who are heading off to college in autumn. We’ve watched you grow personally and academically, and you’ve truly reached your potential!
Starfish Connection’s mission 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.
One of the most important components of the Starfish Connection program is to provide a variety of enrichment experiences that gives our students the opportunity to experience the world. With this comes a growing sense of confidence that positively impacts a child’s life!
Our Starfish mentors are paired with students in elementary school and often coach and advise the student all the way through high school. This role is often a life-changing commitment that has a lasting impact on the student’s life.