Our goal at the Starfish Foundation is to get our scholars to, and through, college. We provide financial assistance, mentoring, and wraparound support to help our scholars achieve their full potential.
HOW WE BEGAN
THE STARFISH FOUNDATION BEGAN in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, which Soledad covered extensively as a journalist.She would consistently find young women through her stories. These girls, in spite of the devastation, were able to propel themselves to do better. They dreamed about going off to college, but none could afford it. Today The Starfish Foundation has over 25 young women whose lives have been transformed by a single word: education. They have committed, along with generous supporters, to sending these girls to and through college. The Starfish Foundation provides individualized support such as daycare, tuition, and money for books. Whatever it takes to get these women through college. We cannot change the tough environments our young women have grown up in. We cannot change their past, but we can definitely direct their futures. We are looking for supporters on this personal journey to help these girls create brilliant and successful endings to their stories.
What we learn from our core students, we bring to a broader audience. Our PowHERful Summit is a full day of empowerment with a focus on educational, professional, and personal development for high school and college-aged women. Industry experts present curriculum in the areas of finance, networking, STEM careers, technology and more. Morning and afternoon keynotes by inspiring leaders are a highlight. The conference hosts 250 young women in New York City during the summer. In 2015, we will bring PowHERful to New York City, Minneapolis, and New Orleans.
The goal of an Industry Roundtable is to give our scholars the chance to see, in-depth, the workings of a company. Participating employees explain their day-to-day tasks and the journeys that got them into their particular careers. The Roundtable allows our girls to see that a company, no matter its output, has many facets across countless departments and positions — there are opportunities everywhere.