Get Involved

Adult Students
Become a Mentor  

Mentors are the cornerstone of our program providing direct support, guidance, and friendship to our young participants in DC.  Mentors are paired with a mentee, or PEARL, in 6th through 8th grade for the academic year. During the program, mentors will:

  • Attend an orientation to review program requirements and complete mentorship  training. 

  • Receive support and have an opportunity to provide feedback throughout the program.

  • Attend planned workshops with the PEARLS on various topics to advance self-empowerment, increase confidence,  celebrate culture, and build community and friendship. 

  • Develop and maintain a one-on-one relationship with a PEARL to provide direct mentoring.    


As mentors, individuals have the opportunity to grow their own leadership ability and share experiences by serving as a role model to build the next generation of leaders.  Mentors can have a direct impact in the life of a young person.  Contact us to learn more about becoming a mentor and help us make a difference!

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Support a Workshop 

Mentees attend a series of workshops throughout the program year that build self confidence, expose participants to various topics relevant to youth, provide an opportunity to build life skills, serve the community, and advance personal goals.  Examples of past workshops include:

  • Identifying and discussing personal life goals through interactive group actives including vision boards.

  • Learning about how to identify and address cyberbully and raising awareness of digital footprints.

  • Creating care packages for at risk youth and discussing the importance of community and support. 

  • Visiting local museums and exhibits in the District to enhance discussions on cultural pride.

Do you have an idea for a workshop or would you be willing to participate in workshop by leading an interactive session?   We are always interested in exposing our mentees to strong role models and and the many diverse paths in education, careers, and personal journeys.  Contact us with an idea or questions.

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Host a Fundraiser or Donate  

The PEARLS program is possible due to the generations contributions from many individuals.  Funding directly supports materials and supplies used to implement workshops, interactive team building activities throughout the year, and the end of year celebration for the PEARLS.  Our program hosts various fundraising events that you can support and share with a friend.   

While our program is located in DC, you can make a contribution to support mentorship from any location. To make a donation today, visit our donate page.  Other ways to support include hosting a fundraiser on your college campus or immediate community, donating supplies to support a workshop, and volunteering during a PEARLS DC workshop or activity.   Contact us with any questions or to receive information materials on our mentoring program to feature during you event. 

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Join the Board  

The PEARLS Program in DC is served by a Board of Directors comprised of alumnae members of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.  The program is currently led by a director that provides overall strategic direction to board members supporting the following roles:  programming, finance, communication and marketing, administration, recruitment and retention, and human capital.  


If you are an Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon and are interested in learning more about future opportunities to serve on the Board of Directors, please send us a message on our contact page.  


Visit our leadership team page to learn about our current board members.