PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc.

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PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc. is a dynamic and innovative non-profit leadership development organization serving at-risk, primarily African American and Latina girls, ages 10 to 19 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. PEARLS helps girls achieve in school, avoid teen pregnancy, and use their personal power to achieve their goals and dreams. In 2012 PEARLS served 954 girls citywide. PEARLS is on track to serve 1,100 girls in 2013.

PEARLS believes that every girl is precious with unique gifts and strengths. We also recognize that teen pregnancy and lack of education are huge challenges in Milwaukee that create enormous barriers to girls seeking to reach their full potential. That is why PEARLS has made two important organizational commitments:

  1. To increase high school graduation and college acceptance rates among Milwaukee’s girls of color.
  2. To work toward the goal set by the United Way of Greater Milwaukee to reduce pregnancy among 15–17 year olds by 46% by the year 2015.

PEARLS offers a totally distinct, custom curriculum that focuses on helping girls build leadership skills like self-reflection, critical thinking, sound decision making, goal setting, clear communication and personal accountability. As a result, PEARLS girls develop a true sense of their personal power and potential and their outcomes are astounding!

  • 100% of PEARLS 2012 active high school seniors graduated from high school.
  • 100% of 2012 graduates were accepted to at least one college.
  • 99% of all active PEARLS girls avoided teen pregnancy.
  • In the words of a PEARLS: “PEARLS provided me with the support system I need, community involvement, my first job, leadership opportunities, a safe place, opportunities to grow, and my second home. It makes me very happy to say that I will be the first out of my family to attend college.


PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc.

2100 North Palmer Street

Milwaukee, WI 53212


414.265.7555 ~