We help students reach their potential and achieve their dreams of attending competitive four-year colleges and universities

Starfish Connection, Inc. is a 501c3, all-volunteer organization, whose 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. We pair a mentor with a student, one-on-one to provide these resources from 3rd grade thru 12th grade.

Our goal is to ensure these students reach their potential and achieve their dreams of attending competitive 4-year colleges, breaking the cycle of poverty for themselves and future generations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

The Starfish Connection is a 501c3 corporation. Your donation will be used solely to support after school and summer enrichment activities for these academically talented Stamford youth

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!

Dear Starfish Connection Friends and Supporters,

This has been a great year for Starfish Connection! Students went back to school full-time. They were also able to enjoy the full after school enrichment programs that Starfish offers, including theatre performances, cultural events, music instruction, teen circle counseling, college preparation, parent meetings and summer camp.

After a year in which state testing was cancelled due to COVID, Smarter Balanced state test results were available for the 2020-21 school year. As in past years, Starfish students exceeded the achievement of other high-needs students in Stamford and Connecticut in English/Language Arts and Math. On May 9th, we celebrated our sixth group of high school students who will each be attending a 4-year college of their choice in the fall, with honors and full scholarships. Our longitudinal mentoring approach has made it possible for a total of 18 students (since our inception in 2008) to achieve their dreams and begin their careers.

I want to dedicate this Annual Report to our Community Partners who provide us with grants and donations to stretch our budget so we can meet the needs of all our Starfish students.

Finally, I want to thank our mentors, team leaders, camp director, and music directors, for all their hard work and dedication, making sure our students have bright futures for themselves and their families for generations to come.

Sincerely,
Regan Allen, Executive Director

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!

Our Founder and Inspiration

The Starfish Connection website is dedicated to the memory of our cofounder, Judith Martin. Judy and her husband David had a dream of enriching and changing the lives of promising Stamford young people.