All In One: National Volunteer Week & Milwaukee Day

It's National Volunteer Week and Milwaukee Day-we can hardly contain ourselves! What great ways to celebrate both by having Harley-Davidson volunteers assemble care packages and surprise hand deliver them to alum on local campuses!

Harley-Davidson has been a constant support to not only sponsoring our annual Women Inspired to Lead event, but have been generous funders of our programming, represented on our Board of Directors and has held an annual Career Showcase at their Juneau offices for girls. Take a peek.

PEARLS' 8th Annual "Women Inspired to Lead"

On March 3rd, PEARLS celebrated its 8th Annual "Women Inspired to Lead" with energizing Co-Hosts: Nicole Angresano, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and Thelma Sias, We Energies along with panel: Cristy Garcia-Thomas, Aurora Health Care; Darienne Driver, MPS; Juli Kaufmann, Fix Development; Genyne Edwards, P3 Development Group and Sahara Aden, PEARLS Alumna and MSOE engineering student.

It was a night filled with inspiration and fiery stories of overcoming fear, supporting community and believing in self-worth. Thank you to over 300 guests that came out to support PEARLS programming, our girls and these magnificent women on the stage. Take a look at our photos from the night. Photos by PEARLS girl, Jaysha and Yvonne Kemp.

PEARLS Girl Graduates Milwaukee Art Museum Internship

We are so proud of PEARLS girl Jaysha for completing her internship through the Milwaukee Art Museum's Teen Satellite Internship Program.

Inspired by MAM's current photo exhibit, "Larry Sultan: Here & Home," the teens worked together to create a photographic "shot list." They photographed ten images from the list, and gave these images to a class partner to interpret into a story. Guest musicians, Johanna Rose (bass), Jay Anderson (Sax) & Will Rose (drums) visited with the teens, and played in response to the photographs to inspire creative thought. The results of this collaboration - stories, poems & images -- were performed Thursday, December 17th in Lubar Auditorium with the guest musicians providing an improvisational musical score on the spot. -Milwaukee Art Museum


PEARLS for Teen Girls announces new Executive Director

 July, 2015

PEARLS Board appoints Gerry Howze as Executive Director

MILWAUKEE — PEARLS for Teen Girls, a non-profit leadership development organization serving at-risk girls, ages 10 to 19 in Milwaukee, announced the unanimous selection of Gerry Howze as its next Executive Director. Currently serving as Director of Program Services, Howze will become the third leader of the organization since its founding in 1993. She brings to the position over 20 years of experience in Milwaukee youth and urban development work, including 12 years with PEARLS in programming. 

“In her time as Director of Program Services, Gerry has developed our tremendously effective programs for the girls in our community, and we’re so proud of the results achieved under her leadership,” said Vinita Paul, Chairman of PEARLS Board of Directors. “In this role as Executive Director, Gerry will continue to drive PEARLS impact on our community, carrying forward the critical vision set forth by our two previous leaders, founder Colleen Fitzgerald and former Executive Director and CEO Danae Davis. We’re very excited and confident about Gerry’s experience, commitment and passion to prepare our community girls for a positive future,” said Paul.

Howze holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services from Springfield College, and has been a recipient of the national Humanics award for her personal and professional achievements. 

Howze succeeds former CEO Danae Davis, who served as Executive Director and CEO for PEARLS from 2006 until April 2015. Davis now serves as Executive Director for Milwaukee Succeeds, the broad-based community partnership that aims to improve educational outcomes for Milwaukee children.