Our mission is to address Stamford’s academic achievement gap by providing long-term mentoring, after-school, summer enrichment programs, and educational support to promising students from our community’s low-income families.

Our goal is to ensure children in our program reach their potential and dreams of attending competitive 4-year colleges of their choice with financial support, breaking the cycle of poverty for themselves and future generations.

What Makes Starfish Different?

Long-term intervention – Students are recruited in elementary school. Mentors stay with the student throughout middle school and high school.

Rewarding relationships – mentor:student:parents

Comprehensive program – Students are engaged in academic, cultural and athletic activities. They are also encouraged to become active participants in the Stamford community. This supports the SPS philosophy of educating a child’s mind, body and heart.

Starfish Connection seeks to impact the whole child, not just his/her academics. We help create individuals who are not only college ready, but also responsible citizens with a variety of interests.

The mission of Starfish Connection is to address Stamford’s opportunity 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 to support after school and summer enrichment activities for these academically talented Stamford youth. If you would like to make a tax-deductible
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.