Current Programs

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Passport to Manhood

Passport to Manhood promotes and teaches responsibility in  boys ages 8 to 14.

"In person Re-launch scheduled for March 31, 2022 @4:30 pm

Passport to Manhood consists of 14 sessions, each concentrating on a specific aspect of character and manhood through highly interactive activities. Each participant receives his own “passport” to underscore the notion that he is on a personal journey of maturation and growth. In the US today, there are few rites of passage for adolescent boys. Instead, many people believe that adulthood comes automatically with high-school graduation, getting a driver's license, having a first drink, being able to vote, or turning 21. Passport to Manhood is specially designed to guide boys on their journey to manhood, encouraging and supporting them as they face specific challenges related to becoming an adult man. The goal of the journey is for each young man to become aware of his unique gifts, to seek ways to contribute to his family, and to learn how to become a valuable member of the community.

 

The Pearl Foundation began partnering with the Al Davies Boys & Girls Club, located in the Hill Top neigborhood of Tacoma, Washington, to provide mentors to deliver the program.  



 

Become A Mentor

Our mentoring projects simply wouldn’t happen without the brilliant men who give up their time to support disadvantaged young people week in, week out.


​What to expect:

 

As a mentor we ask that you give 1 or 2 hours a week for a minimum of 6 months and are committed, enthusiastic and positive. We will help you face the challenges of mentoring and get the most from your volunteering experience by providing comprehensive pre-program training and continued support from our experienced project leaders.

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Scholarship Program

In additions to the much needed mentoring experience students, can become eligible to apply for scholarships.  Since 2007,  the Pearl Foundation has awarded over $50,000 in scholarships by giving six  $1,000 scholarships to deserving students over a four-year period.  We started out by awarding four $500 scholarships each year.  Our goal is to increase the award amount to $5,000 for future years.  

 

Steps to Apply for a Pearl Foundation Scholarship:

  1. The scholarship application period for the 2022/2023 school year closes April 30, 2023. 

  2. Participants must complete the application and submit an original essay on the topic below:

 

  "What can be done to assure that American citizens do not lose their voting rights and that they regain any rights that have been lost in recent legislative changes."

 

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Talent Hunt Program

The original statement of the Talent Hunt idea included this expression: “Creative and outstanding capacities in any honorable activity should be eligible for consideration.” During public presentations, all original displays were limited to the field of music. Since that time, the Talent Hunt Program has been expanded to include other forms of the expressive arts.

 

The Talent Hunt Program has touched thousands of students, many of whom have gone on to make outstanding contributions to their communities and our world. Many have earned scholarships, awards, and recognition through exposure from this program. One of our contestants competed in the "America Got Talent" program. It is part of our overall effort to continue an unyielding commitment to support our youth.

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Male Involvement Program

In partnership with the Tacoma Urban League, members of the Pearl Foundation served  as role models and mentors for the Inaugural Male Involvement Program during the 2018 school year.  The program focuses on young men in middle school who have been given an option of participate in the program or suspension from school.  Similar to the Passport to Manhood, the program is a year long program with a structured program plan.  We continue to support this program.

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PGA Jr Golf League "New 2022"

The PGA Jr League brings friends, families, and communities together through golf. It focuses on boys and girls ages 17 and under of all skill levels.  The Pearl Foundation of Puget Sound, with its focus on youth, is partnering with the PGA Jr League to assist underserved youth in participating in a developmental experience in the sport of golf. We sponsor youth golfers with membership fees, equipment funding and tournament participation.

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Global Day of Service "New 2022"

The Global Day of Service is a community-service program that provides support to The Coffee Oasis--a Department of Social and Health Services licensed under-aged youth shelter that provides youth a safe and encouraging place to live while they work towards sustainable housing and employment.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters Partnership "New 2022"

In 2022, we welcomed the opportunity to expand our reach in the community by providing one-on-one mentoring relationships with youth through a partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington. This program helps youth to achieve success in school, avoid risky behaviors and to improve their self-confidence.