PEARLS for Teen Girls

PEARLS for Teen Girls We believe that every girl is precious, with unique gifts and the potential to succeed, no matter what neighborhood she’s from or what challenges she may face.
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PEARLS is a unique leadership development program serving girls middle school through high school, and beyond, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We empower girls to live out the PEARLS values: Personal Responsibility, Empathy, Awareness, Respect, Leadership and Support.

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Week 2 of summer programming is completed, & boy, did we have some fun….in the sun! Partake in the same activity as our ...
07/07/2021

Week 2 of summer programming is completed, & boy, did we have some fun….in the sun!

Partake in the same activity as our girls did this week to connect with nature & reflect with yourself… 🌳🌷🌈

Instructions:
Use time in nature to allow for self-reflection by heading outside to admire trees and plants. Then design your own “Tree of Strength.”

A tree of strengths consists of leaves and branches labeled with things you see as your strengths and/or things you enjoy. Imagine yourself as a tree trunk. The leaves or flowers that bloom on your tree are the things that make you unique: positive personality traits, hobbies, things you enjoy and care about. These are the things you should write down or illustrate when you create your Tree of Strength.

You can also imagine yourself as any other part of nature (water, flower, sun, moon, etc.) that you may feel more aligned with – just as long as you are still able to label your strengths and things you enjoy 😊

Week 2 of summer programming is completed, & boy, did we have some fun….in the sun!

Partake in the same activity as our girls did this week to connect with nature & reflect with yourself… 🌳🌷🌈

Instructions:
Use time in nature to allow for self-reflection by heading outside to admire trees and plants. Then design your own “Tree of Strength.”

A tree of strengths consists of leaves and branches labeled with things you see as your strengths and/or things you enjoy. Imagine yourself as a tree trunk. The leaves or flowers that bloom on your tree are the things that make you unique: positive personality traits, hobbies, things you enjoy and care about. These are the things you should write down or illustrate when you create your Tree of Strength.

You can also imagine yourself as any other part of nature (water, flower, sun, moon, etc.) that you may feel more aligned with – just as long as you are still able to label your strengths and things you enjoy 😊

Happy Mindfulness Monday! Your challenge, should you choose to accept it...take some time this week to listen to your fa...
07/05/2021

Happy Mindfulness Monday! Your challenge, should you choose to accept it...take some time this week to listen to your favorite album (preferably with headphones). Listen to it from front to back. Notice sounds you have never noticed before. Take it all in.

You will be surprised by all the sounds you have never noticed! What album did you choose?

Happy Mindfulness Monday! Your challenge, should you choose to accept it...take some time this week to listen to your favorite album (preferably with headphones). Listen to it from front to back. Notice sounds you have never noticed before. Take it all in.

You will be surprised by all the sounds you have never noticed! What album did you choose?

Happy Fourth from PEARLS!
07/04/2021

Happy Fourth from PEARLS!

Happy Fourth from PEARLS!

Our first week of summer programming is in the books & we couldn’t be more excited to be back working with our girls!We ...
06/30/2021

Our first week of summer programming is in the books & we couldn’t be more excited to be back working with our girls!
We spent our first week back warmly welcoming new and old faces alike, and encouraged team-building and igniting relationships - not only with others but with ourselves too!
Are you interested in becoming more self-aware by also building a stronger relationship with yourself? Participate in making a Name Acronym just like our girls did!
The Name Acronym activity brings you back to yourself and reminds you of who you are. It helps build up one’s character and promotes self-motivation to think positively about YOU! And by sharing these traits you have with those around you brings a liberating sense of cultures, identities, and histories to the table!
Take some time out of your day to focus on you, do a little art, and remind yourself of how great you truly are

Our first week of summer programming is in the books & we couldn’t be more excited to be back working with our girls!
We spent our first week back warmly welcoming new and old faces alike, and encouraged team-building and igniting relationships - not only with others but with ourselves too!
Are you interested in becoming more self-aware by also building a stronger relationship with yourself? Participate in making a Name Acronym just like our girls did!
The Name Acronym activity brings you back to yourself and reminds you of who you are. It helps build up one’s character and promotes self-motivation to think positively about YOU! And by sharing these traits you have with those around you brings a liberating sense of cultures, identities, and histories to the table!
Take some time out of your day to focus on you, do a little art, and remind yourself of how great you truly are

Self-care is incredibly important, especially in a world as hectic as this one. Do you set aside time to take care of yo...
06/28/2021

Self-care is incredibly important, especially in a world as hectic as this one. Do you set aside time to take care of yourself? What are some of the things you do?

Self-care is incredibly important, especially in a world as hectic as this one. Do you set aside time to take care of yourself? What are some of the things you do?

Helen Keller was born today in 1880. Keller was born blind and deaf and went on to become a renowned writer and lecturer...
06/27/2021

Helen Keller was born today in 1880. Keller was born blind and deaf and went on to become a renowned writer and lecturer!

#womenempoweringwomen #girlpower #strongwomen

Helen Keller was born today in 1880. Keller was born blind and deaf and went on to become a renowned writer and lecturer!

#womenempoweringwomen #girlpower #strongwomen

PEARLS IS HIRING - Events & Development CoordinatorAre you interested in having your hands in the nuts and bolts of nonp...
06/25/2021

PEARLS IS HIRING - Events & Development Coordinator

Are you interested in having your hands in the nuts and bolts of nonprofit funding? Are you a people-person who loves to build relationships and plan events? If yes, this is your chance to work for a dynamic and growing nonprofit that has tremendous impact on our community. Apply here>>www.pearlsforteengirls.com/careers

PEARLS IS HIRING - Events & Development Coordinator

Are you interested in having your hands in the nuts and bolts of nonprofit funding? Are you a people-person who loves to build relationships and plan events? If yes, this is your chance to work for a dynamic and growing nonprofit that has tremendous impact on our community. Apply here>>www.pearlsforteengirls.com/careers

Summer is here & so is the shining sun!Did you know that the sun is not only good for your body, but your mental health ...
06/23/2021

Summer is here & so is the shining sun!
Did you know that the sun is not only good for your body, but your mental health too?

The brain actually releases more serotonin (the chemical most commonly associated with mood) when you’re out in the sun, thus, making you a happier person!

Other benefits from the sun include:
- Improves your sleep
- Reduces stress
- Strengthens your immune system
- Fights off depression
- Gives you high levels of Vitamin D, which is good for bone health & so much more!

Grab your journal, get outside for 15-20 minutes and soak up that sun, and ask yourself…
What emotions/feelings does summer bring up for me?

Share your responses in the comments below! ☀️

Summer is here & so is the shining sun!
Did you know that the sun is not only good for your body, but your mental health too?

The brain actually releases more serotonin (the chemical most commonly associated with mood) when you’re out in the sun, thus, making you a happier person!

Other benefits from the sun include:
- Improves your sleep
- Reduces stress
- Strengthens your immune system
- Fights off depression
- Gives you high levels of Vitamin D, which is good for bone health & so much more!

Grab your journal, get outside for 15-20 minutes and soak up that sun, and ask yourself…
What emotions/feelings does summer bring up for me?

Share your responses in the comments below! ☀️

This pride month we’ll be highlighting some inspiring women and gender nonconforming individuals of the LGBTQ+ community...
06/22/2021

This pride month we’ll be highlighting some inspiring women and gender nonconforming individuals of the LGBTQ+ community!

Lani Ka’ahumanu was a bisexual activist and writer. She aimed to bring visibility to bisexuality and make their voices heard in LGBTQ+ spaces. Ka'ahumanu served as project coordinator for an American Foundation for AIDS Research grant awarded to Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services. This was the first grant in U.S. history to target young high risk le***an and bi women for HIV/AIDS prevention/education research.

This pride month we’ll be highlighting some inspiring women and gender nonconforming individuals of the LGBTQ+ community!

Lani Ka’ahumanu was a bisexual activist and writer. She aimed to bring visibility to bisexuality and make their voices heard in LGBTQ+ spaces. Ka'ahumanu served as project coordinator for an American Foundation for AIDS Research grant awarded to Lyon-Martin Women's Health Services. This was the first grant in U.S. history to target young high risk le***an and bi women for HIV/AIDS prevention/education research.

Tomorrow our amazing Program Manager, Jasmine Deacon, will be participating in this panel hosted by Mentor Greater Milwa...
06/21/2021

Tomorrow our amazing Program Manager, Jasmine Deacon, will be participating in this panel hosted by Mentor Greater Milwaukee to discuss the topic of engaging/mentoring girls of color.

Register here!
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYud--tqjwvHtH-mOcHm7M9Re0py5hTraoi?fbclid=IwAR0v5Ti7KHMsSXOVPxca9o1VIvYDOudoRYxnGwOPgSd5zVZWKjXMLExlT9w

Tomorrow our amazing Program Manager, Jasmine Deacon, will be participating in this panel hosted by Mentor Greater Milwaukee to discuss the topic of engaging/mentoring girls of color.

Register here!
https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYud--tqjwvHtH-mOcHm7M9Re0py5hTraoi?fbclid=IwAR0v5Ti7KHMsSXOVPxca9o1VIvYDOudoRYxnGwOPgSd5zVZWKjXMLExlT9w

Happy Monday! This one is a super powerful and potentially transformative #mindfulnessmonday exercise. This can be done ...
06/21/2021

Happy Monday! This one is a super powerful and potentially transformative #mindfulnessmonday exercise. This can be done alone or it can be done in a group. If you choose to do this in a group, ask folks to share one thing that is stressing them out and one thing they look forward to this week. When everyone has spoken, you may answer how you felt while others were speaking, how you felt when you were speaking, did you notice that you were distracted, how many times did you notice your mind latch onto judgement? How did that feel when judging? How do you think it would feel to pay attention with curiosity, acceptance and kindness to everything you said and everything you listened to?

Again, this can be done alone or in a group. The amazing thing is studies have shown that group therapy that incorporates mindfulness is as effective as cognitive-behavioral therapy. The benefits of participating in a PEARLS group can truly be transformative.

Happy Monday! This one is a super powerful and potentially transformative #mindfulnessmonday exercise. This can be done alone or it can be done in a group. If you choose to do this in a group, ask folks to share one thing that is stressing them out and one thing they look forward to this week. When everyone has spoken, you may answer how you felt while others were speaking, how you felt when you were speaking, did you notice that you were distracted, how many times did you notice your mind latch onto judgement? How did that feel when judging? How do you think it would feel to pay attention with curiosity, acceptance and kindness to everything you said and everything you listened to?

Again, this can be done alone or in a group. The amazing thing is studies have shown that group therapy that incorporates mindfulness is as effective as cognitive-behavioral therapy. The benefits of participating in a PEARLS group can truly be transformative.

Happy #fathersday to all of the great fathers and father figures out there!
06/20/2021

Happy #fathersday to all of the great fathers and father figures out there!

Happy #fathersday to all of the great fathers and father figures out there!

It’s #Juneteenth! 🎉 Milwaukee’s first Juneteenth celebration was in 1971, making this year the 50th anniversary! Today i...
06/19/2021

It’s #Juneteenth! 🎉
Milwaukee’s first Juneteenth celebration was in 1971, making this year the 50th anniversary! Today is a day for celebration, reflection and planning for a brighter future.

To learn more about Juneteenth history, click below!
https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

It’s #Juneteenth! 🎉
Milwaukee’s first Juneteenth celebration was in 1971, making this year the 50th anniversary! Today is a day for celebration, reflection and planning for a brighter future.

To learn more about Juneteenth history, click below!
https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm

Happy Juneteenth Fam! #juneteenth #freedomday #blacklivesmatter #celebrateblackhistory
06/19/2021

Happy Juneteenth Fam!
#juneteenth #freedomday #blacklivesmatter #celebrateblackhistory

Happy Juneteenth Fam!
#juneteenth #freedomday #blacklivesmatter #celebrateblackhistory

Happy Juneteenth y’all!! Hope you can spend the day CELEBRATING!!
06/19/2021

Happy Juneteenth y’all!! Hope you can spend the day CELEBRATING!!

Happy Juneteenth y’all!! Hope you can spend the day CELEBRATING!!

Leading up to Juneteenth we will be sharing information to honor this momentous day!The celebration of Juneteenth declin...
06/18/2021

Leading up to Juneteenth we will be sharing information to honor this momentous day!

The celebration of Juneteenth declined during the Great Depression and the Jim Crow era, but was reignited during the Civil Rights Movement. A new light was brought on Juneteenth when Martin Luther King Jr. scheduled the Poor People’s March to coincide with the date. It reinvigorated Juneteenth celebrations and brought more awareness to it!

We'll be marching in the 50th Anniversary Juneteenth Day Celebration tomorrow at 8 a.m. - from 14th and Atkinson to Burleigh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
We hope to see you there!

More information here -
https://www.facebook.com/events/767125147509478/

Leading up to Juneteenth we will be sharing information to honor this momentous day!

The celebration of Juneteenth declined during the Great Depression and the Jim Crow era, but was reignited during the Civil Rights Movement. A new light was brought on Juneteenth when Martin Luther King Jr. scheduled the Poor People’s March to coincide with the date. It reinvigorated Juneteenth celebrations and brought more awareness to it!

We'll be marching in the 50th Anniversary Juneteenth Day Celebration tomorrow at 8 a.m. - from 14th and Atkinson to Burleigh and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
We hope to see you there!

More information here -
https://www.facebook.com/events/767125147509478/

Leading up to Juneteenth we will be sharing information to honor this momentous day!Did you know that Juneteenth has its...
06/17/2021

Leading up to Juneteenth we will be sharing information to honor this momentous day!
Did you know that Juneteenth has its own flag? It was created in 1997 and revised in 2000.

- The star in the center represents Texas, the last state to free enslaved people two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It also represents the freedom of African Americans in all of the states!
- The burst surrounding the star was inspired by a supernova, or a new star, representing a new beginning for African Americans.
- The arc between the blue and red represents a new horizon, new beginnings and new opportunities!
- The red, white and blue colors signify that enslaved people and their descendants were and are Americans. It serves as a reminder that people in the United States need to strive to do better to uphold the American ideal of liberty and justice for ALL.

Leading up to Juneteenth we will be sharing information to honor this momentous day!
Did you know that Juneteenth has its own flag? It was created in 1997 and revised in 2000.

- The star in the center represents Texas, the last state to free enslaved people two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. It also represents the freedom of African Americans in all of the states!
- The burst surrounding the star was inspired by a supernova, or a new star, representing a new beginning for African Americans.
- The arc between the blue and red represents a new horizon, new beginnings and new opportunities!
- The red, white and blue colors signify that enslaved people and their descendants were and are Americans. It serves as a reminder that people in the United States need to strive to do better to uphold the American ideal of liberty and justice for ALL.

Leading up to Juneteenth we will be sharing information to honor this momentous day!Although the Emancipation Proclamati...
06/16/2021

Leading up to Juneteenth we will be sharing information to honor this momentous day!

Although the Emancipation Proclamation was put into place on January 1st, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19th, 1865 that enslaved people were freed in Texas.

Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It has also been celebrated as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day.

Leading up to Juneteenth we will be sharing information to honor this momentous day!

Although the Emancipation Proclamation was put into place on January 1st, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19th, 1865 that enslaved people were freed in Texas.

Juneteenth is the oldest known holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It has also been celebrated as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day and Emancipation Day.

PEARLS invites girls 5-12th grade to engage in fun, virtual, summer activities once a week from 2-3 pm for free! Startin...
06/15/2021

PEARLS invites girls 5-12th grade to engage in fun, virtual, summer activities once a week from 2-3 pm for free!

Starting next week, join us for weeks focused on different themes, clubs, summer challenges and cool events put on by partners like Marquette and Ko-Thi Dance company!

Sign up here today: https://www.pearlsforteengirls.com/summer

PEARLS invites girls 5-12th grade to engage in fun, virtual, summer activities once a week from 2-3 pm for free!

Starting next week, join us for weeks focused on different themes, clubs, summer challenges and cool events put on by partners like Marquette and Ko-Thi Dance company!

Sign up here today: https://www.pearlsforteengirls.com/summer

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PEARLS was founded as a volunteer effort in 1993 by local entrepreneur and Executive Coach, Colleen Fitzgerald. The first PEARLS group was launched as an after school program for girls at Jackie Robinson Middle School in 1993. A small group of girls were committed to coming together once a week for honest conversations and to build trusting relationships. A primary focus of the group was to offer the girls, most of whom were facing the challenges of poverty and life in the central city, the opportunity to see and believe in their inherent beauty, power and potential.

It was important for girls to know that no matter what the circumstances in their lives, they had 'precious and unique gifts and talents' to share with the world. PEARLS was about giving the girls a place to express themselves, build their confidence and articulate their dreams.

As the original group was taking shape, national research was coming out about the serious challenges that girls in our country are facing and calling attention to the fact that too many communities, including Milwaukee, lacked adequate girl-focused programming. Studies showed that to be effective, girls' programming needed to be consistent, girl-only and provided in a culturally sensitive safe space. Girls needed intergenerational and emotional support to build self-efficacy, and the opportunity to have a voice in programming — all these were offered by the Jackie Robinson PEARLS group. Meanwhile, the response at Jackie Robinson was overwhelming.

From the beginning, the PEARLS process was unique, because the girls were invited to be true co-creators of all programming. In the groups, girls were expected to be the directors of the dialogue and to explore the ideas, feelings and topics that were important to them. As PEARLS moved from a single-site group to an organization, girls were a key part of the team. Additional impressive and experienced local youth workers joined the effort, including PEARLS’ current Executive Director, Gerry Howze. Together, the team began the work of creating and codifying the PEARLS experience. A small board of directors was formed and early and visionary grants from donors like the Richard and Ethel Herzfeld Foundation allowed the work to take off. By 2000, PEARLS was a full time operation and by 2002, PEARLS officially became a non-profit organization.

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