Starfish Alliance believes in acknowledging the youth experience by valuing their voice and perspective. Our programs are designed in partnership with young people and their supporters through our Program Advisory Board.
Our history of advocating for young people stretches over 16 years. We recognize and value the abilities of young people to navigate tough environments. For the last 5 years, we have developed and implemented programming that is specifically designed for helping young people navigate the social-emotional quagmires of the 21st century.
Through a trauma-responsive lens we ask, “what did you do to survive” instead of “what’s wrong with you?” Some of our participants are at-risk of long-term system involvement with the child welfare system due to abuse and neglect; the juvenile justice system due to negative social influences; and the welfare system due to the complexities of generational poverty.
Our volunteers and other supporters believe in helping young people navigate their environment and gain exposure to new opportunities.
We facilitate relationship-based program models in partnership with the Ohio Department of Education Community Connectors Initiative, Columbus City Schools District, South-western City Schools District, Communities In Schools, and others .
Youth become productive adults who contribute to personal and community transformations.
To create a community of support for young people experiencing barriers to personal and economic wellbeing through connected educational and workforce ecosystems.
BOARD of DIRECTORS
John Dale, Royal Family Kids Camp
Sharon Ryan, Clarivoy
Andre Lampkins, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Jeff Davis, Brioso Roastery and Café
Curtis Brown, Thoughtwell (formerly Community Research Partners)
Doug Worthington, Athletes for America
PROGRAM ADVISORY BOARD Members
Epris Curry, Mentor
Montrial Curry, State of Ohio
Robert Shorty, PHR, Starbucks Corporate
Matia Tyus, MSW, Mt. Carmel Hospital
Kelsey Jarrett, OSU – Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Genesis Shine, Columbus State Community College Student
Sabrina Niezgoda, Columbus State Community College Student