Increasing Student Success One Partnership at a Time

Partnerships between non-profit organizations and companies can have a powerful impact on individuals and their communities.  Make-a-Wish Foundation regularly works with companies to grant ill children a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. TOMS Shoes partners with ChildFund International to help impoverished children get their own pair of shoes. General Electric works with AmeriCares to fund free health clinics in 750 communities around the world serving 5 million people each year.

Inspired by these examples, I sought out a way that Starfish could make a greater impact on the outcomes of higher education students.  I’m excited that Starfish joined with the research and action agenda of the Hope Center for College, Community and Justice to support food and housing insecure college students. Recently our partnership was recognized in Forbes: A New Partnership Tackles College Students' Housing And Food Insecurities

As I shared in the article:

“Educational goals take a backseat when students are unable to support their own basic food and housing needs. We are extremely proud to partner with the Hope Center to give our institutions the ability to identify and support these students in need and help them reach their academic goals.” 

All too often a college student has to be in crisis before they can receive help from their higher ed institution.  Once the need is known there is often a mad scramble to get them the emergency aid or microgrants to help them. Why such a reactive approach?  

What if Starfish could help institutions identify students who are food and housing insecure early and prevent a crisis? These students would be better positioned to focus on their academics and ultimately to achieve their academic goals.  This is the kind of impact we’re aiming to achieve with this project, Starfish Project Hope.

If you are interested in learning more about the project and perhaps having your institution participate please visit the Starfish Project Hope landing page for more information and to sign up for our communications.

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