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Positively Empowering and Restoring

Ladies Se​lf-Esteem, Inc.

Nurturing Cleveland's Girls and Communities!

Engaging experiences for young girls

Positively Empowering and Restoring Ladies Self-Esteem, (PEARLS) Inc. is a mentoring and empowerment group that services preteens and teenaged girls. We are a traveling community-based organization designed to meet girls where they are—both figuratively and literally. In addition to our group sessions, we also offer 1-to-1 mentoring, and leadership and development through community service projects. 

Facilitated by women who are passionate about redefining and reshaping the young urban girl, at PEARLS we truly believe in meeting our participants where they are. Our desire is to pour into our girls through intimate conversations and engaging activities in a safe and creative space.

Discover the PEARL Experience

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The girls are doing their thing! Check out our PEARLS Girls Mentoring YouTube page to see more of our upcoming activities and content from our girls!

The Birth of PEARLS  

Cleveland is reshaping as a city and our desire is to ensure that our girls are reshaping by embracing their uniqueness. PEARLS was created as an outreach attempt to young girls from urban communities and non-traditional backgrounds. We believe that girls deserve positive guidance that will help to steer them down the path of individual freedom with the focus on self-esteem and empowerment, success and gaining the level of pride that they shouldn’t be afraid to walk in.

Mission Statement

To nurture authenticity and self-love within young girls in urban communities through mentoring, education, engagement, empowerment, and exposure.

Vision Statement

We envision every girl receiving the chance to experience positive mentorship through sincere and effective individual connections and engaging group programs.

Meet Ms. Britt!

Brittney A. Smith, PEARLS Founder 

Hi! My name is Brittney and I am the creator of the PEARLS, Inc. girls mentoring group and PEARLS Girls Community Closet. I too, like many of the young girls that we service, proudly grew up in the heart of Cleveland. As a young girl, I remember the pressure to “be” and most times it wasn’t a healthy pressure. It was pressure to try to be someone I knew that I wasn’t.

I know how uncomfortable that feeling is, and I am sure that it is even more challenging for the youth today. PEARLS was created to help young urban girls create the skills needed to combat challenges that can affect their esteem, help to develop healthy social and behavioral skills, and nurture their uniqueness. I also truly believe in the idea of exposure and the endless opportunities and mindset shifts that can happen with youth, or anyone in that matter. 

With almost 10 years of working with youth in various capacities, I am excited to continue this journey! I am an avid Clevelander, Community Developer and Program Manager by trade, an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and an all-around lover of people and youth!

Welcome to the PEARLS Experience!

DaNisha Williams, 

Volunteer Mentor

Ms. Danisha is a loving spirit who enjoys engaging and building up girls with her relatable and loving energy! Danisha pours into our youth by giving them permission to live out their best lives no matter their current circumstances. In her spare time, Danisha loves to travel, volunteer and is a talented hair stylist! Ms. Danisha comes with spice, laughter, and love. 

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