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.
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.
In this moment of unprecedented need, our community has set a goal:
Create 3.5 million no-sew masks for local healthcare providers and other essential service workers.
And to achieve this goal, we need YOU!
Volunteers are invited to pick up a mask kit from Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, take the kit home to assemble the no-sew masks, then return the assembled masks to Fiserv Forum. #MaskUpMKE
Volunteer sign-ups are LIVE! No sewing machine? No problem! These no-sew masks take a minute to make, but will forever impact our community by saving lives. Sign up now: https://untdwy.org/3aykGYj #inthistogethermke #maskupmke #unitedwaygmwc
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. With the 'Safer at Home' order in place, a rise in domestic abuse has been reported. The Women's Center is continuing to offer resources and support during this difficult time. The Women's Center's 24-hour hotline is 262-542-3828.
They are also asking for community support in donating gloves, masks, and gowns for their staff and clients. You can find more information about how to help, how to get help, and how The Women's Center is working through this pandemic at https://twcwaukesha.org/.
#sexualassaultawarenessmonth #inthistogethermke #mkestrong
The Women's Center in Waukesha wants victims to know that its services are still available during this difficult time.
Milwaukee Public Schools is offering a Summer Arts Internship Program. This internship provides high school students with paid opportunities to explore careers in the arts while also gaining practical and applicable job skills and work experience.
MPS will be issuing Chromebooks to students who do not have access to such a device at home. Distribution days are below. Students/families MUST complete the technology access survey before the distribution days.
High School: April 16th & April 17th
Middle School: (6th-8th) – April 20th
Elementary School: (K5-K8) – April 22nd, April 23 and 24th
Families must complete the district survey in order to be considered for a device. After completing the survey, if they are identified as being in need, they will be contacted by the school and informed of a day/time within the distribution window to pick up the device.
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Beginning this Monday, March 30, PBS Wisconsin is excited to announce, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and Milwaukee PBS, an at-home learning program for students and families with digital resources.
This will include specific blocks of time for pre-K through 12th grade levels and covers subjects, including English language arts, social studies, science and math.
This will be available to stream online at pbswisconsin.org/familyresources along with corresponding free digital content for at-home learning and support for teachers navigating this new learning landscape.
At-Home Learning Public media organizations remain committed to ensuring that all kids statewide have access to educational instruction amid school closures. PBS Wisconsin and Milwaukee PBS, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), announce an ambitious new tv broadc...
As we move toward offering programming virtually, we are in need of your help! Every dollar donated to this campaign will be matched dollar for dollar! Please share this post and consider donating to support us in this uncertain time as we continue our mission of improving the quality of life and strengthening our community, one girl at a time. #communityofsupport #PEARLSforTeenGirls #supportlocal #supportgirls
Help PEARLS continue critical programming, albeit virtual, to girls in grades 5-12. PEARLS helps girls develop social, emotional, and practical skills that will prepare them to be empathic, self-sufficient women leaders. PEARLS improves the quality of life and strengthen our community one girl at a....
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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.
PEARLS developed a process for truly understanding the impact of its unique approach on the lives of the girls. Dr. Daniel Folkman of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, an expert in youth program evaluation, began working with the team to develop PEARLS distinct Leadership Compass and goal setting process. PEARLS groups were added around the city, including high school groups. PEARLS began to focus on helping girls to envision college and careers and many activities were incorporated to inspire girls to dream bigger.
In 2005 PEARLS published its unique curriculum and completed a comprehensive organizational strategic planning process. The plan incorporated input from the girls, staff, board and community leaders.