P.E.A.R.L.S. Mentoring for Girls is a 501(c) 3 non-profit that provides mentoring for girls between the ages of 10 and 18 in the Mississippi Delta, a severely underserved region of the United States. We provide resources so that our girls can overcome obstacles heaped on them by society merely due to their zip code. Challenges related to poverty, education, training and health care just to name a few.
Through our P.E.A.R.L.S. Empowerment Project we hope to provide support and training for our girls to achieve their goals. Areas of concentration include but are not limited to promoting positive self-image, establishing leadership skills, exploring college and career readiness, work-force development, financial literacy and community service.
What can your donation do?
$50 will provide workshops, guest speakers, and activities that focus on relevant topics.
$75 will provide college tours and field trips that will enrich and expand their knowledge beyond their limited experiences and environment.
$100 will provide CPR Training and Certifications for all participants.
$150 will support a book scholarship for alumnae enrolled in higher learning institutions.
It is our hope that through our efforts in the P.E.A.R.L.S. Empowerment Project will propel our girls to break generational curses and work toward personal success. As a result, they can be a catalyst for others to follow their example.
P.E.A.R.L.S. President Carlyn A. Payton makes history as Thee First Miss Greenwood-Leflore Consolidated School District
"With any title, it carries weight and responsibility, and as a vessel on this Earth wanting to seek a label, we must first understand that weight is not easy to carry. The importance of criticism, struggle, dealing without inner beings, and the perception of others. But also, with that weight comes an opportunity to be an example of perseverance, commitment, and motivation. She can now use this experience to testify to other ladies to not walk in fear but with confidence in the strength of God." - Carlyn Payton
Carlyn Payton ended Women's History Month as making history being crowned Thee First Miss Greenwood-Leflore Consolidated School District. The honor of holding the title of a high school queen is to recognize students who have exemplified the qualities of their school. They are actively involved in their school community, demonstrate good character in their daily interaction, and who express school pride.
Carlyn is the daughter of Mr. Anthony and Mrs. Edshundra Gary, who she says is the best mother in the world, and Mr. Carlos Payton. Born on March 25, 2004 in Jacksonville, Florida, Carlyn was anointed and appointed as a baby to walk into the greatness God has destined for her. Carlyn is the oldest of four children. She has two sisters, Caleigh (14) and Avery (6), and one brother, AJ (11). Even amongst her siblings, Carlyn has always proven herself to be a leader.
She gives honor to God because without him she is nothing but with him she is everything. Because of him she is able to stand and hold this position without fear or doubt. She reminesces as a student in 10th grade she sat in front of Mrs. Watikns classroom shy as can be. But little did she know she was one of the indivduals to shape and mold her into the lady she is today.
She does admit that choosing to run for this position was not an easy decison and that negative thoughts began to cloud her judgemnt especially with always seeming to be overlooked. But because of people close around her she found herself thinking, "Why not?"
Carlyn has assisted with organizing, planning, and coordinating monthly chapter sessions, and has shown outstanding leadership qualities. As a result of her commitment, the organization has gained new members and has helped numerous women achieve their hopes and dreams. She thanks the Founder of P.E.A.R.L.S., her Mentor, Ms. Latonya Jones, and her P.E.A.R.L.S. Sisters because this organization has encompassed her and other girls to truly believe in themselves. She also thanks the organization for giving her the opportunity to lead and grow in her gifts.
Carlyn plans to attend Tougaloo College majoring in Special Education. It is her goal to work with children with special needs and inspire them to see life in a new way.
We are so proud of you Carlyn and Dad we're rooting for her and that yellow Jeep that will hopefully grace the yard this year.
The month of March is recognized as Women’s History Month and is dedicated to the celebration of everyday women, as well as pillars and pioneers whose accomplishments have allowed for following generations to feel empowered to constantly break barriers.
During this Month, P.E.A.R.L.S. recognized great women in the Mississippi Delta who are making a difference in their communities, through perseverance, hard work, and a heart to give.
P.E.A.R.L.S. Mentoring for Girls, Inc. recognizes Teacher and Nurses Week alongside Mental Health Awareness Month
May is a month filled with many observational holidays. The most popular of them being Teachers Appreciation Week, Nurses Week, and Mental Health Awareness Month. Meet some our of Board Members, Mentors, and Parents who are changing lives outside of P.E.A.R.L.S everyday in their fields.