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Pearls of Women Agenda (POWA)
What Girls Think & What Women Know A National Dialogue
Women mentors are using their lives, experiences and wisdom to empower girls and young women.
Pearls of Women AgendaSM (POWA) is a culturally relevant, intergenerational, gender-specific mentor initiative entitled What Girls Think & What Women Know: A National Dialogue.™ The POWA's milieu provides opportunities for girls to interact and dialogue with accomplished women of influence who are dedicated to the development of confident young women. The Agenda helps them to meet the intellectual, social, emotional, and cultural challenges of the 21st century. As well as, provide guidance and constructive evaluation of girls' efforts toward leadership and self-efficacy, which affects every area of human endeavor.
The combined voices of both women and girls (with an emphasis on adolescents ages 12 -18) substantiates that authentic, wisdom-based dialogue and mentor driven relationships that occur in safe nurturing, gender-specific environments contribute greatly to the healthy development and life preparation of girls.
POWA teaches girls and young women to model social responsibility, celebrate diversity, stimulate personal growth, and character development. POWA accentuates academic excellence; helps eradicate risk-taking behavior, and encourages girls to set the highest goals, values, and moral standards for themselves.
The POWA curriculum consists of innovative, educational, issues driven, life development skills seminars, workshops, and panel discussions. Through creative and positive intergenerational interaction, special events, inspirational, educational, and motivational dialogue; the curriculum is also designed to bring awareness through education to potential life altering struggles and challenges today's girls face. Among them are just a few challenges confirmed by statistics:
These struggles and challenges are the impetus for the Pearls of Women Agenda, and why it is our mission to empower girls for a lifetime through the What Girls Think - What Women Know: A National Dialogue sessions. The Agenda allows both the girls and women to play important roles and mutually benefit. The Pearls of Women Agende (POWA) gives young women the rare opportunity to acquire valuable knowledge that will positively influence their futures through the involvement of its sister program THE POWABASE 360. The Pearls of Women Agenda's strength stems from this base of power. POWABASE 360 is the women who hold membership status and are deemed the Pearls of Women Agenda's base of power. The POWABASE 360 is an acronym for Pearls of Women Agenda Business and Social Empowerment.
Girls learn from the POWABASE 360:
POWABASE 360 is a membership based social and business network initiative reserved for a diversity of the country's top influencers from a cross-section of businesses and industries who are passionate about philanthropy, goodwill, and the empowerment of America's girls and young women. While empowering girls through their time, talent and resources, POWABASE 360 offers opportunities for a diverse group of women to collaborate, build, and maintain an exciting, strong, influential, purposeful social and business base of power and influence with women of like minds.
The dynamic women of the POWABASE 360 while empowering girls, also learn from the girls in the POWA program. They learn from listening closely adolescent girls as they speak honestly in their girl-led dialogue about their lives from their perspectives, as they challenge prevailing notions and attitudes about who they are in America, and whom others think they are.