Starfish Initiative inspires, encourages, and prepares academically-promising,
high school students facing unearned adversity for college and career success.
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Committed to graduating from high school, getting into college and graduating from college.

Starfish Initiative offers a unique one-on-one mentoring program for high school students.  A model that works amazingly well. 

  • 100% of the students who complete our program graduate high school. 

  • 84% of our alumni are now college graduates or are still in pursuit of their college degrees.


Starfish Initiative inspires, encourages, and prepares academically-promising, high school students facing unearned adversity for college and career success.  To achieve this goal, Starfish pairs high school students one-on-one with college-educated mentors.

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  • Our goal is to “fill empty caps and gowns” by improving graduation rates in Indianapolis. 

  • Improving the educational attainment of promising students is one of the region’s greatest needs.

  • With a commitment to long-term, community-based mentoring, leadership training and college access programming, Starfish Initiative is uniquely placed in the community to improve graduation rates, post-secondary educational access and make a difference for students and their families — one at a time.


Apply to be a Starfish Scholar

Typically 8th graders learn about Starfish Initiative when their school counselor invites them to a presentation at their school.  Most Marion County middle schools (almost 50 this year) are included in our presentation schedule. We also offer some community presentations for those who miss one at school.


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Upcoming Events

  • Starfish Initiative Virtual Match Night
    Jan 23, 10:00 AM EST – Feb 24, 5:00 PM EST
    Virtual Event
    Virtual Match Night for the Class of 2024. Contact your Match Specialist for more information.
  • 2020 Virtual College & Career Fair
    Sat, Oct 17
    Virtual Event
    Oct 17, 2020, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
    Virtual Event
    The annual Starfish College & Career Fair is open to all Starfish Scholars, mentors, and parents. The interactive event will allow event attendees to visit virtual vendor booths where you will interact with college and university representatives, employers, and service providers.
  • 2020 Shining Star Virtual Celebration
    Thu, Oct 08
    Virtual Event - Facebook Live
    Oct 08, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Virtual Event - Facebook Live
    Join with us we celebrate 17 years of "Making a Difference to that One". Help us reach our goal to raise $50,000 to support Central Indiana teens.
  • Back 2 School Kick-Off 2020
    Sat, Aug 08
    Virtual Event
    Aug 08, 2020, 9:30 AM – 3:35 PM
    Virtual Event
    Back 2 School Kick-Off 2020 is HERE! Register today for the B2SK 2020
  • Senior Send-Off Challenge
    Fri, May 08
    Online Event
    May 08, 2020, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
    Online Event
    Starfish Initiative will celebrate our talented Class of 2020 by kicking-off the 2020 Senior Send-Off Challenge. Hosted by Rafael Sanchez, this fun interactive, virtual scavenger hunt allows teams to compete for prizes to support Starfish’s Shining Senior Class of 2020!