Pictured above are students enrolled in the Starfish Africa program
True to Princeton’s motto of “Princeton in the Nation’s Service and in the Service of All Nations,” five former
Pete, along with four other student-athletes, two
Starfish Africa has expanded its class size each year, and now averages about ten students at each grade level, giving a rough total of forty children per year enrolled in the program. Students who are eligible for the program are those who score at the highest levels academically prior to attending secondary schools. However, those who are chosen face extreme pressures to give up their pursuit of education due to poverty, death of both parents which puts them in charge of raising the family, violence and displacement due to civil war, and other tremendous obstacles.
Not only are African students receiving an educational opportunity through Starfish Africa, but they are also being mentored and taught to give back to their communities. During the August break, students served fellow Kenyans by digging trenches for local water pipes. Following each day full of hard labor, Starfish tutored younger students at a local primary school.
Starfish Africa, thus far, has been fiscally supported with the Board of Directors paying for all expenses relating to the organization that are not allocated directly towards the fulfillment of Starfish Africa’s explicit mission. This means 100% of third party donations directly support the mission of the organization. Due to its initial success, Starfish Africa is at a crossroads. Either the non-profit can continue operating within its current budget and number of students, or expansions can be made with the goal of opening a Starfish school in
Princeton Student-Athletes on the Starfish
Rob Currey '03 (football)
Pete Kingston '02 (soccer)
Brian Mickus '03 (sprint football)
Graeme Rein '02 (soccer)
Trevor Smith '03 (tennis)