Thank you for taking the time to visit us on the web. We are in the process of having our website completely redesigned so that we can effectively convey our mission, share the success stories of our programs and the girls that we mentor, and showcase our non-profit and corporate sponsor-partners. I hope that you like what you see in regards to the direction of the new look and feel of Polished Pebbles’ online presence.
While our digital footprint is being enhance, our commitment to our mission remains the same. So much attention has been given to the urgency of the crisis of low-income, urban black boys; however, the effect this crisis has had on adolescent black girls who live in the same neighborhoods has been largely unaddressed. Girls are witnessing and experiencing the same violence in their schools, neighborhoods, and homes as boys. As a means for survival, girls have adopted a “street code” of aggression to protect their reputation and retaliate with fighting and violence when they believe their reputation is threatened.
Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is a vital solution to this crisis. We provide girls (7-17 years old) with the opportunity of learning the vital life skill of effective communication. Our program instills confidence in girls to face the challenges of daily life by substituting aggressive forms of communicating and problem solving with new strategies that allow them to gain a solid reputation and respect without retaliating. In partnership with local schools, businesses, and over 400 volunteer mentors, we have helped girls exhibit poise, react responsibly as opposed to retaliating, demonstrate assertiveness vs. aggressiveness, identify the difference between class vs. sass, and become polished!
I invite you to get involved with our organization as there are many ways that you can lend a helping hand: become an advocate for mentoring by volunteering with our program or becoming a committed mentor; spread the word about our organization to your family and friends by participating in our social media communities; and make a donation so that we can continue to change the lives of girls. With your help, Together She Will Shine!