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!

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. When you meet an eight-year-old girl who looks up to you as her champion, and you see such appreciation in her eyes, she instantly becomes an important part of your life.

Thanks to Beverly’s hard work and her Starfish experience, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University this year with a Bachelor of Arts in Community Health. Although she has not committed to a specific career, Beverly is returning to Stamford with the goal of developing resources and connections to healthcare for underserved residents.

Over the years, while sharing our family’s culture and values with Beverly, I came to realize that we all hope to reach our “American Dream” in one way or another. I am very thankful to Beverly’s parents for trusting Starfish and allowing me to help them reach their American Dream. I feel honored and grateful to be part of Beverly’s life and to see the difference a mentor can make. I look forward to sharing more memories with her and her family.

Maria Millan, 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.