Ideally, a mentor coaches and advises a student until he or she graduates from high school. The mentor meets with the student periodically, helps advocate for the student at school along with the parents, locates and enrolls him/her in enrichment activities which are paid for by the Starfish Connection, takes him/her to local background-enriching activities from time to time, ensures that the student avails him/herself of tutoring support, and works through the college preparatory and application process with the student.

If you are interested in making this life-changing commitment, please email Regan Allan, Starfish Connection Executive Director [email protected]

Being part of a family that continues to learn and grow is important to me. Knowing Sherley and her family, being part of her life – to celebrate her accomplishments, to support her during her disappointments, to discuss her aspirations, and to help her navigate a plan to reach those goals – has built a bond between us that is family. Sherley will graduate in June, 2022 – Isabel Katz, mentor

In the summer of 2008, I began mentoring Beverly, hoping to make a difference in her life. What I didn’t know is how much of a difference she would be making in mine. As soon as we met, I felt that I had a purpose. It gave me a sense of fulfillment that I had never felt before. Beverly graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Community Health – Maria Millan, mentor

Over the course of two years, Jairon and I read 18 Vince Flynn fictional novels in the “Mitch Rapp” series. With my busy schedule, it takes me 30 days to read each book. Jairon reads them on the bus and whenever he is not doing schoolwork. I love that it gives us something we share and can talk about. It is truly a treat for both of us! Jairon will graduate in June, 2022- Fred Rosetti, mentor

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.