I Did Not Know That People Like Me Could Exist…

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Having these stereotypes continually presented to our youth affect their self-development. As Chimamanda says, “The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete”. Without the full story we cannot properly mentor and support our youth. Without analyzing communities, schools, and society we cannot begin to understand the family or the youth. We must search for the full story. Continue reading

KFair Mentoring Tip #2: Giving Thanks

11-13 Blog

Organizations and businesses, either for-profit or not-for-profit, all benefit from their generous supporters. Their acts of kindness and support help us maintain our goals and move towards a bright future. So, how do we properly show our gratitude? Kelly Fair has five steps for an effective and personal appreciation. Continue reading

A Mentor’s Response to Viral CatCalling Video

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The video racked up 32 million views, but came under quick scrutiny for featuring mostly men of color. This too was my initial observation and objection to the video as well. My thought was how can you raise awareness about a form of discrimination with a tool that discriminates? Consequently, Hollaback! apologized last week for the suspicious lack of white men shown in the video. Nonetheless, as most social media centered advocacy, the message about combat catcalling definitely started a buzz and lots of dialogue. Continue reading

Who Will Your Daughters Become? …Heroes!

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For the month of October we have been sharing with you the need for black women mentors for your daughters. And here they are! Your very own collection of women heroes, and mentors, for you daughters to grow, dream, and inspire to become! Continue reading

KFair Mentoring Tip #1: Diversity in Leadership

10-23 Blog

Young, African-American girls need to see older, professional women who look like them succeeding in leadership roles! That has been the continuous message this month. By seeing black women as leaders, they will start to see themselves as developing leaders and act as such. You can help support our youth by taking on leadership roles yourselves, or by electing others for leadership positions. Continue reading

Fall Into New Inspirations—Women Entrepreneurs!

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Written by, Tamara Meyerhoff As we fall into another season, we should celebrate the many daily inspirations we have in our lives. October not only marks National Women’s Small Business Month, but also the 26th anniversary of the Women’s Business … Continue reading

Video Celebrating 5 Years of Mentoring Girls!

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Thank you to everyone who has supported Polished Pebbles on its 5 year journey! With many challenges & successes along the way, we are proud to have mentored over 750 girls…  and we aren’t done yet!
Polished Pebbles is looking forward to many more years of mentoring and helping girls S.H.I.N.E. We hope to grow even more over the next 5 years with your continued support!

Please share in our memories collected throughout the years by watching this short video:

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“Jumping” Into The Next Five Years of Mentoring!

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The challenge is on! If you’re in the Chicagoland area, who’s going to take me on in Double Dutch?? You, and girls you know 10-14 yrs+, are invited to our Saturday Polished Pebbles session w girls, held this Saturday, September 13. To celebrate our 5th Anniversary in mentoring girls, we’ll be hosting a Double Dutch clinic led by Black Girls Jump at Donoghue Charter School, 37th and Cottage Grove at 10 am. All welcome! Big girls and little girls! Come prepared to jump, turn, and have a good time! #oldschool #pastdoubledutchqueen