Youth Development

PEARLS FOR TEEN GIRLS INC

  • Milwaukee, WI
  • www.pearlsforteengirls.com

Mission Statement

PEARLS for Teen Girls is improving quality of life and strengthening our community one girl at a time by empowering young women with self-development tools, guidance and support to strive for better, brighter futures by living out the PEARLS values: Personal Responsibility, Empathy, Awareness, Respect, Leadership and Support.

Main Programs

  1. College & Career Readiness Program
Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

Greater Milwaukee area - central city neighborhoods.

ruling year

2001

Executive Director since 2015

Self-reported

Ms. Gerry Howze

Keywords

Self-reported

girl-only, safe space, leadership development, goal-setting, youth development, women, girls, Milwaukee, education, teen pregnancy, college, access, pearls

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Also Known As

PEARLS

EIN

39-1997970

 Number

6328656740

Physical Address

1805 N Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Milwaukee, WI 53212 3220

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Girls Clubs (O22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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PEARLS for Teen Girls, Inc. is a dynamic and innovative nonprofit 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.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

College & Career Readiness Program

PEARLS is committed to equipping girls with the knowledge, resources, and tools they need to define and successfully navigate their academic and professional paths. PEARLS' College & Career Readiness Program includes: scholarships, alumnae engagement, group programming, college prep, and career exploration.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Female Children ( 5 - 14 years)

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$250,000

Results

Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of clients served

Target Population
Females, K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

2. Number of active girls served who chose not to get pregant.

Target Population
Females, K-12 (5-19 years)

Connected to a Program?
n/a
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
99.9% chose NOT to get pregnant!

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    PEARLS fosters social change through the behavioral change that is inherent in PEARLS curriculum, programs, and results. PEARLS girls hold themselves and one another accountable for setting and working toward SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, results-focused, and time-bound) and practicing the PEARLS traits of Personal Responsibility, Empathy, Awareness, Respect, Leadership, and Support.

    PEARLS girls influence one another toward positive behaviors, and as they develop skills, confidence, and a vision for their future, they create ripple effects in their families, schools and neighborhoods.

    We continue to set a high bar for girls to achieve their potential. We measure success on core metrics.
    • 100% of PEARLS girls will have the opportunity to set goals each semester
    • 70% will achieve the goals they set
    • 65% of girls who set an academic goal will achieve those goals
    • 85% of high school seniors will graduate
    • 85% of high school graduates will be on track for post-secondary success (college or professional training, military service, full-time service program, or career-track job)
    • 90% of PEARLS girls will avoid pregnancy
    • 80% of PEARLS girls will rate their PEARLS experience as “satisfactory" or better
    • 85% of site partners will rate PEARLS programming at their sites as “satisfactory" or better
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    PEARLS girls meet weekly in small groups facilitated by a trained, caring adult mentor. Our programs are girl-driven. Through discussions and activities, girls learn critical social-emotional skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. Group-supported goal-setting every semester helps girls learn how much control they have over choices that they make, how to learn from their mistakes, and how to set and reach goals that will help them fulfill their dreams. Our girls and their needs drive the content of each gathering. Our evidence-based curriculum draws on girls' experiences and input as well as best practices in social-emotional learning.

    PEARLS girls helped develop the curriculum and the Leadership Compass, in collaboration with youth development experts and youth program evaluation experts at Alverno College and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Our Theory of Change defines our approach to creating meaningful, lasting social change.
    • We offer girls guidance to recognize their own power: that they are responsible for their choices, and that they have unique gifts they can use to create their own futures.
    • We share concrete strategies for setting and achieving their goals, as well as support from adults, and connections to educational, pre-career, health, and other resources.
    • Our alumnae remain engaged with one another and with PEARLS. They become role models and beacons of hope for their younger PEARLS sisters, and they retain the crucial safety net of trusting relationships that helps them navigate higher education, work, and self-sufficient adulthood despite the socio-economic burdens of their youth.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    PEARLS groups meet at neighborhood centers, schools, and youth-serving organizations that have recognized the transformative power of PEARLS' programs. Our close collaboration with site partners, girls' teachers, and counselors reinforces our strength and provides essential feedback to deepen our services to girls. We also collaborate with other youth-serving agencies, community organizations, institutions of higher education, and private-and public-sector initiatives, through staff who serve on boards and committees, sharing of ideas and best practices, and problem-solving to meet community needs and contribute to sustainable change in Milwaukee.

    PEARLS maintains an intergenerational staffing structure to ensure that girls have direct input into our programs and operations and to expose girls to strong women leaders actively practicing the skills the girls are learning. As the girls participate actively in the growth and development of the overall PEARLS organization, they deepen their self-assurance, abilities to set and achieve goals, and their interpersonal communication skills. We have built quality assurance measures into our staffing structure, including formal coaching for direct-service staff to promote continuous improvement and best practices in program delivery, and a tiered staffing structure to foster staff retention.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    We have developed tools for continuous improvement in our operations, including the rigorous evaluation of the outcomes of our work. This included a three-year, third-party assessment. With help from a competitive grant, we established and are continuing to refine a data management system that provides accurate, timely, and secure access to data about each girl and her needs. The system enables us to identify trends in girls attendance, support girls' active and continued engagement in PEARLS, and, over time, direct our site planning and site sponsorships to serve the community. It will enable us to assess our long-term impact on girls, providing insights for PEARLS and for other organizations on what influences girls' long-term academic and career success. By the end of 2016, we will implement, test, and refine further expansions of our quality-management infrastructure, including additional staff development measures, continued expansion of our data management system, and the integration of site planning into our growth strategy.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Retaining at least 65% of PEARLS girls at key transitions (moving into 9th and 11th grades) continues to fall below our expectations. While we have increased the involvement of parents and guardians in celebrating girls' transitions from middle school to high school as a part of our efforts, we are not seeing the retention we planned for. We know these transition years are critical to the long-term success of PEARLS girls; child development and education research shows that academic, social, and emotional development in adolescence significantly affects whether the child completes high school and pursues higher education.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Wisconsin

Greater Milwaukee area - central city neighborhoods.

Social Media

Funding Needs

We continue to diversify our revenue stream to include a larger percentage of gifts from individuals and national foundations, to anchor sustainable financial resources. The attention we are attracting locally and nationally will help us continue to develop and deepen new and existing relationships. PEARLS has a clearly delineated fund development plan to secure funding for 2016 programming and beyond. Our solid record of measurable outcomes has led to a strong commitment among donors. We are establishing partnerships with community and national investors who believe in the power of the girls we serve and are aligned with our long-term goals.

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Financials

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PEARLS FOR TEEN GIRLS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

PEARLS FOR TEEN GIRLS INC

Leadership

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Executive Director

Ms. Gerry Howze

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"At PEARLS, we believe that there are two primary barriers to self-sufficiency for at-risk girls: lack of education and teen pregnancy. Girls who do not finish school or who become pregnant face staggering odds against moving beyond poverty. Therefore, our work aims to address those foundational causes for poverty by intervening directly in the lives of girls during the critical teen years, when choices that are made about school, relationships, sex, and substances can have lifelong consequences. Recognizing that education is the first key to self-sufficiency, PEARLS has designed a number of specific program elements to help girls achieve academically. PEARLS' custom-designed and nationally recognized Self-Development Curriculum© provides girls with a system and ongoing support for setting and reaching large and incremental academic goals. The overall PEARLS curriculum also includes two embedded, evidenced-based curricula focused on pregnancy prevention and prevention of substance abuse. Additional program elements include ongoing academic support, community field trips, guest speakers, annual Wisconsin college tours, volunteer Higher Education coaches, and other unique components. PEARLS programs transform girls' perceptions, outcomes, lives, and futures by empowering girls to achieve in school, build a vision for the future, take responsibility for their behavior, and ultimately break the cycle of poverty. We look forward to the opportunity to discuss our work with you and thank you so very much for your interest in what we do.

Sincerely, Gerry Howze
Executive Director"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Meg Brzyski Nelson

Childrens Hospital of Wisconsin

Term: June 2016 - Dec

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Gender
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Race & Ethnicity
This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff, Part-Time Staff and Volunteers.
East Indian
Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity