In 7 years, we expect to invest just over $6,000 enabling her to earn $45,450, three times the poverty limit.
The Pearl Club is Always in My Corner
Paradise started her collegiate career at Slippery
Rock University, but due to struggling academically and
suffering from test anxiety, Paradise lost her financial aid and could not enroll the next year. Paradise’s confidence flustered. She didn’t think she would get back on track and attain her degree. Most students in her case would drop out, move back home and find a low-wage job.
Through weekly meetings, several phone calls, dropped courses, a year at a local community college, changing majors, difficult
conversations and wrong decisions, Paradise remains on the path to earning her college degree and overcoming poverty.
“The Pearl Club has always been in my corner, no matter what. I have made some mistakes and probably should not be enrolled in college right now. The Pearl Club has worked with me to make sure I didn’t drop out.”
In 2018, Paradise graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work from Carlow University !
No matter what, I know who to turn to
Niasia has always wanted to be an Engineer. But, life didn't work out the way she thought. In her math and science classes she struggled. She went to tutoring. She watched videos. She went to office hours and study groups. It wasn't enough. Nothing worked.
Her grades were too low to receive financial aid. She was not even given academic probation. She was kicked out of Alfred University.
She had two choices. Go back home do nothing like most of the peers she graduated with. Or, enroll in another institution and continue with the plan she set for herself. Earning a college degree was a necessity. She had her Pearl Club Coach to reach out to establish a new plan.
Through weekly meetings, summer workshops, career assessments, intense academic planning, financial aid and too many portals to count, Niasia has finally found her niche within Sports Management.
"No matter what, The Pearl Club has never let me call it quits at the end of the day and has helped steer me in the right direction. It's scary how different my life could be right now."
For our young women, we are their inner voice helping them defeat the odds. From Day 1 to a lifetime.
A LIFE FREE OF POVERTY BEGINS IN HIGH SCHOOL. LONG BEFORE ADULTHOOD. IT REQUIRES OVERCOMING THE CROSSROADS.
85 percent of young women have
faced and been supported to
overcome obstacles that should
have deterred them from earning their college degree. This includes:
among many others
85 percent of students demonstrate growth in self-management, presentation skills and networking and have increased their grit score by at least 1 point.
100 percent of students matriculate to college immediately following high school and complete their first year.
100 percent of students complete one year and transition to their second
100 percent of students return for their sophomore year
$500 provides one quarterly college prep and life-skills workshop for 30 young women after the annual young women’s conference
$250 provides 10 young women with a day long conference experience including all materials, a strength finders assessment, lunch and the opportunity to meet professional women
$100 provides 4 young women with a day long conference experience including all materials, a strength finders assessment, lunch and the opportunity to meet professional women
$50 provides 2 young women with a day long conference experience including all materials, a strength finders assessment, lunch and the opportunity to meet professional women
$25 provides 1 young woman with a day long conference experience including all materials, a strength finders assessment, lunch and the opportunity to meet professional women