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 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.

A Message from the President of the Board

Dear Friends,

In this unprecedented year of challenges, I am deeply proud of the role Starfish Connection has played in supporting our community. Under the exceptional and compassionate leadership of our executive director, Janet Schneider, we have connected with our families in new and innovative ways. Our mentors, team leaders, volunteers, and members of the board have assessed the needs of our families. They have coordinated access to local resources, provided technical support to students, and strived to maintain normalcy through virtual music lessons, reading groups, and academic and emotional guidance.

Our remarkable Janet is now stepping down as executive director, after four outstanding years, in order to enjoy a long-anticipated retirement with her husband, Marc. She remains a Starfish mentor and will become an active member of our board. Janet is transitioning her responsibilities into the very capable hands of Donna Wolff.

Donna received a PhD in biochemistry from NYU and worked as an executive in the healthcare and medical education fields for over 30 years. Her research experience and background in educating medical students and professionals will provide unique insights to our students. Donna has been active with Starfish Connection for three years, and she is the mentor for a student who is entering Stamford’s AITE high school in the fall.

I am looking forward to working with Donna on our plans for this year and the years to come. With your generous support and the enthusiastic commitment of our board and our mentors, we will continue to serve as a beacon of light and hope to the deserving children in our Starfish program.

Best wishes,

David R. Martin and Donna Wolff, PhD

 

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!

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.

The Starfish Connection is a 501c3 corporation. We rely on generous contributions like yours to fulfill our mission. Your donation will be used solely to support after school and summer enrichment activities for these academically talented Stamford youth. If you would like to make a tax-deductable donation to the Starfish Connection, please do so on our donation page!

In Memorium

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.