PEARLS on Positively People with Bailey Coleman

“PEARLS has brought me endless support. It doesn’t just stop with group…Now I have a direction and a plan of where I want to go with my life.”

Ms Bria, Ms Amanda (recent PEARLS graduates) and Ms Jasmine are on the scene with Bailey Coleman on the Positively People Podcast. Listen below.


A Trajectory-Changing, Cycle-Breaking Sisterhood


When the circle forms, the girls – some shy and quiet, others strong but guarded – begin to talk about their lives. In this sacred space, there is no fear of judgment or criticism.

Each girl takes a turn articulating how the PEARLS for Teen Girls program has impacted their perception of themselves and others. While not necessarily eager, neither are they reticent to share, just accepting and at ease. These are their sisters. READ MORE

PEARLS Welcomes Six New Members to the Board of Directors

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MILWAUKEE, WI (September 11, 2018) -- PEARLS for Teen Girls, the Milwaukee leadership development program serving girls middle school through high school, has appointed six new members to their board of directors. These additions will increase the size of the board to eighteen members.

New board members include Tyra Eiland of the Milwaukee Bucks, Vanaya Grice of Northwestern Mutual, Margaret Henningsen, Nick Nedostup of Xylem, Inc., Lori Richards of Mueller Communications and Nichelle Robinson of ManpowerGroup.

“PEARLS is at an exciting turning point as we position ourselves for potential growth. Welcoming these new board members to our community of change-makers and leaders could not have come at a more opportune time and I am so honored to have them join our team,” said Gerry Howze, Executive Director of PEARLS for Teen Girls. “They represent a unique and strong range of engaged and community driven businesses and we are grateful for their commitment to strengthen our community one girl at a time.”

Current board members include Meg Brzyski Nelson (Board Chair) of Children’s Hospital of Milwaukee,  Laura Arnow of Arnow & Associates, Denise Greathouse of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, Michelle Greene (Secretary) of Masco Corporation, Kadie Jelenchick (Governance Chair) of Foley & Lardner LLP, Luke Kasten of PNC Wealth Management,  Mark Ketterhagen of Milwaukee College Prep – Lloyd Street, Christie Krugler (Vice Chair) Community Volunteer, Lisa Long (Treasurer, Finance Chair) of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Beth Myers (Fund Development Chair) Community Volunteer, Ninveh Neuman (Marketing and Communications Chair) of Rockwell Automation and Tori Termaat of Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant

We submitted one of 2,000 causes to improve our community and are now one of the 200 finalists! Vote for PEARLS October 26th, 2016 - November 4th, 2016. 

Help us assist our neighborhood and win a $25,000 grant. We're encouraging everyone who’s passionate about girls setting goals, developing strong social emotional learning skills and believing the sky is the limit to vote for PEARLS HERE.

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