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The Fly Girl Movement

PEARLS was birthed during a time where life was uncertain for us all. In the beginning stages of the 2020 pandemic, we were gearing up to enter into our first school to provide free programming for the young ladies of Franklin D. Roosevelt. A week later, the world shut down due to the obvious. We didn't let that stop us. During the time, we continued to provide programming and safe spaces for girls all over. Since then, we have expanded to providing multiple services for girls, inclusive of group sessions, community service projects, social outings, and much more. Restore. Empower. Repeat. We are a movement with a mission to provide girls with experiences and encouraging society to change the narrative of girls from marginalized communities and nontraditional backgrounds. 

Ms. Britt receiving a donation on behalf of PEARLS from the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Lambda Phi Omega Chapter


The Movement Timeline:

Spring 2020:

Programming developed and community summer tour

Spring 2021: PEARLS Community Closet opens to provide free clothing and hygiene items to girls and women at no cost

Fall 2021: PEARLS partners with Detroit Shoreway and MyCom to serve as the official resource closet for the Detroit Shoreway Neighborhood

Fall 2022: PEARLS partners with Cleveland Metro Schools to provide school mini closets inside of community schools

Fall 2023: PEARLS Opens up two additional PEARLS Mini Closets inside of Glenville and Facing History New Tech High Schools




Awards and Media Coverage


  • Featured in the August 2020 Call and Post

  • Starbucks Foundation Award Recipient


2022- 2023


  • City of cleveland resolution of recognition 



Special Projects:

Ongoing Special Projects for PEARLS includes:

  • Urban Girls for C.L.E. initiative that combines community leadership with self-esteem building activities! Girls learn the power of community along with confident-building experiences.

  • Elevate Urban Girl Initiative that works with young girls from urban areas on using their voice to advocate for themselves and their communities. 

  • The Shade is Real is an ongoing project to help girls learn to embrace their skin tones and uplift other girls with different complexions. 

  • PEARLS Community Closet 
    • PEARLS Mini Closets Initiative and Partnership with CMSD 

  • Nexus by PEARLS

    • Encouraging connections amongst girls​

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