The Pearl Club Story: Meet Our Founder, Tamasia

First Generation College Student. Woman. Poverty.

Even as a high school student, Tamasia wore pearl jewelry. 

Even as a high school student, Tamasia wore pearl jewelry. 

Tamasia, just like the young women we serve, can identify with being a female, first generation student that lives in poverty. Even still, as a high school student, Tamasia knew she wanted to make an impact in the lives of young women by the time she turned 30. She just didn’t know how.

It was during a presentation for a final project when the idea (and the name) for the organization was formed. The Pearl Club was born as an organization that empowered young women to build sisterhood, develop character and build key skills for their future.

In 2015, Tamasia, on behalf of The Pearl Club was featured as a Pittsburgh Legacy Leader. 

In 2015, Tamasia, on behalf of The Pearl Club was featured as a Pittsburgh Legacy Leader. 

When Tamasia graduated from college, she recognized that she was one of few that graduated among the friends she started with; That she would not have graduated without help from mentors; That college was a test of one’s ability to deal with adversity; That when she returned home to the Bronx, NY her childhood friends hadn’t left the neighborhood; That if more young women had access to mentors, resources and the resilience to get through adversity, more young women would be graduating from college. She had found her personal mission. 

In 2013, The Pearl Club was founded as a 6-year college success sisterhood for young women. Tamasia’s goal was (and is) simple, yet complex. She wanted to empower young women to overcome poverty and earn a college degree, just like she had.

Present day, The Pearl Club has empowered over 365 young women through its programming. 90 percent of young women have completed one year of college and 100 percent of them are currently enrolled. The Pearl Club will have it’s first college graduate next year!

Tamasia’s personal mission to empower young women to overcome poverty is a hefty goal and she’s only 27!

Tamasia with The Pearl Club's Class of 2021! 

Tamasia with The Pearl Club's Class of 2021!