Organization name: Starfish Initiative

Program Type

Mentoring and career navigation programs

Ages Served:

12-18 Years


Brief Program Summary: Starfish Initiative is unique in Marion County as the only mentoring organization that focuses on the four years of high school, matching high potential, high risk students with adult mentors.
Success Metrics: Since 2009, 86% of Starfish Scholars who enrolled as high school freshmen completed the four-year Starfish program. Of those, 100% have graduated from high school and 98% have enrolled in college. Furthermore, 84% of those Scholars have persisted in college from year 1 to year 2.


Number Served & Racial Distribution:

Total Number of Individuals Annually Served


Black or African Americans Annually Served


Hispanic or Latinos Annually Served


Geographic Scope:

− Central Indiana Counties: Marion
− Additional/Other Areas of Focus: N/A


Annual Operating Cost: $650,000
Initial Start-Up Cost: $0

Contact Information

Organization Name: Starfish Initiative
Website: https://www.starfishinitiative.org/
Respondents Name: Crystal Givens
Email: crystal@starfishinitiative.org


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