Success Stories


Polished Pebbles is the only job readiness youth mentoring program in Chicago that provide a continuum of programming that starts when girls are 10 and ends with supporting young women in new employment and/or higher education or trade school.

For nearly 15 years, Polished Pebbles has provided mentorship and career readiness programming to 10,000 girls and young women of color. Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program is the only girls program in Chicago that brings an innovative group of stakeholders to the table to beat the odds and provide real opportunities in careers in technology, hospitality, retail, construction, engineering, health care and the nonprofit sector.


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