October 19, 2011 //
As part of their Helping Hands in the Community program, PEARLS for Teen Girls is holding a Community Service Kickoff Event on Friday, October 21, 2011.
PEARLS CEO, Danae Davis is thrilled with the program. “Through this project, PEARLS girls will lead community-wide service initiatives during the 2011-2012 school year. Imagine hundreds of PEARLS girls working together to make a difference. Awesome!”
Sponsored by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, PEARLS for Teen Girls is one of only 64 community organizations to receive a youth-led service-learning grant across the United States and Canada. The Kickoff Event celebrates the start of girl-driven community service programming that will culminate in the summer of 2012.
Activities include guest speakers Danae Davis (PEARLS CEO), Linda Farrow, Megan Yahnke, Senator Lena Taylor, and Planned Parenthood of Milwaukee. Topics will include community issues around domestic violence, teen pregnancy, and the meaning of community service. Open discussion as well as a panel Q&A will also be offered to the nearly 150 girls projected to attend.
In addition, PEARLS girls are organizing a food drive for those less fortunate that same day. The kickoff event and food drive are taking place at the Martin Luther King Center, 1531 W. Vliet Street. The event begins at 9:45am. The food drive is happening from noon to 1:30pm.
About PEARLS for Teen Girls: PEARLS for Teen Girls is committed to being the community’s signature program for maximizing girls’ self-development. True girl/adult partnerships result in building and living PEARLS attributes: Personal Responsibility, Empathy, Awareness, Respect, Leadership and Support. www.pearlsforteengirls.com
About the State Farm Youth Advisory Board: The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a diverse group of 30 youth, ages 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee this $5 million/year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Advisory Board identified the issues, issued competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to