The Hope Gap

We seek to eliminate the hope gap experienced by many girls of color in Chicago who are navigating violence in their communities and structural barriers to supportive services, education, and employment opportunities.

Feature: Crain's Chicago Business

Kelly Fair, Founder and CEO of Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program, is honored by Crain’s Chicago Business as a 2022 Notable Black Leader and Executive. Read the full article here

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Report: State of Black Women and Girls in 21st Century America: An Analysis of Challenges and Opportunities The Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls released the first-ever report on Black Women and Girls in America. The report includes a collection of essays by Black women leaders about critical issues facing Black women and girls, including an essay written by Polished Pebbles’ Founder and Executive Director, Kelly Fair. Kelly writes about preparing young Black girls for non-traditional careers in the construction industry and the importance of exposing girls to accessible industry leaders that look like them at a young age. You can read Kelly’s essay on page 41 in the report. “Our ultimate hope is that the report will encourage further discourse and bring forward ideas to elevate the lives of our Black sisters. Most importantly, we hope this report serves as a clarion call for change.” – Kelly Fair

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