Irl Dean Rhodes
As Mayor, may I ask you a favor? Will you join me in making a difference in the lives of Pearl’s youth and their families through the PEARSON Foundation?
Big thanks for your support to this non-profit which has been sacrificially changing the lives of our youth for decades and making a positive difference in Pearl!
It is vital that our students in the Greater Jackson Metro/Central Mississippi area are prepared and equipped to read with comprehension in order to achieve life-skill potential and success. Better educated, better equipped and better skilled students simply means better families, better schools, better workers and workplaces, better public servants, and a better and more culturally progressive Central Mississippi.
Designed to help students in grades K-5 to sixth grade who are marginal or below standard reading and reading comprehension to improve 1/2 or more grade levels in reading and reading comprehension (per student) through a designed program Monday-Thursday (four days weekly), 2 hours daily during June-July, and August-April. The success of the Reading Institutes will contribute towards the strong and positive potential of each student succeeding in life and adding value back into our local, national and global communities.
PEARSON Foundation operates what many in the education field considers a State of Mississippi Best Practice Model Mentoring-Leadership Program currently in three schools and one school district. Through a carefully constructed multi-year collective community impact collaboration with parents, educators and government, students are lovingly and constructively nurtured through in-school and community mentoring. �
Focused on the long term while also addressing the immediate!
The PEARSON Foundation, Inc.—People Employing Available Resources to Strengthen Our Neighborhoods— (non profit organizations) was founded in 2000 by a group of community-minded change makers with a mission to provide services and activities that add value to people’s lives so that those lives are transformed. We seek to do this through what we call a Prayer-Care-Share Lifestyle approach or process. Our target audience is families: parents and children. The Foundation very intentionally has targeted (but not exclusively) Jackson-Pearl, Mississippi because of their high percentage of socio-economically disadvantaged households. Some families in these communities are plagued with problems of pervasive drugs, teen pregnancies, school dropouts, violence and a host of other companion ills.
Board or Directors:
Jarvis Ward, Chairman
Christopher Bullin, Vice Chairman
Brena Husband - Treasurer
Paulette McCants - Secretary
Jenell Chavis - Development
(non profit organisation - Not For Profit - Nonprofit Organizations)
The PEARSON Foundation is currently operating three sites in Pearl, Mississippi. Our in-school mentoring currently serves 40 boys in Pearl High, Jr High and Upper Elementary Schools. We hope to secure female staffing so that we can offer in-school mentoring for girls. Our Summer Reading Program operates three sites. We seek to prepare a generation of youth for advanced education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through reading enrichment and mentoring. After-school researchers and providers have recognized that hands-on, inquiry-driven science, technology, engineering and math programs are in line with our after-school's overall approach to education. Today's jobs require proficiency in STEM. There is great concern that without access to adequate educational experiences, segments of the population will be unable to participate effectively in the modern workplace. We are establishing partnerships and relationships as we integrate STEM. We believe PEARSON’s outreach to an underserved populace is a major positive to conduct, character, culture and career change in our communities. The fact that we integrate in-school and community-based mentoring and multi-agency collaboration set our programming apart as a "Best Practice Model".
It is vital that our students in the Central Mississippi area are prepared and equipped to read with comprehension in order to achieve life-skill potential and success. Better educated, better equipped and better skilled students simply means better families, better schools, better workers and workplaces, better public servants, and a better and more culturally progressive Mississippi.
Check out this great video
One of the students in our after school tutoring/mentoring program share briefly.
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P O BOX 54056, PEARL MS 39288
Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm CST
Saturday: By appointment & Special Events
Sunday: Closed (Unless we are taking the Youth on a weekend leadership trip!)
Check out this video of Pearl High School students helping younger students!
This was the last day before the summer break so a few extra "carbs" were OK!