Herstory

The Promoting Education, the Arts, our Roots, Leadership and Service (PEARLS) mentorship program is designed and geared toward girls between the ages of 9 and 13 with the intention of instilling a sense of sisterhood, cultural pride, academic excellence, and service to the community within its participants through team-building activities and projects.  

The PEARLS program, established and sponsored by Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.,  was successfully piloted with a group of 15 fifth graders at NYC P.S. 43 in the Spring of 2000.  The PEARLS program has touched the lives of over 50 young girls who look to this mentorship as an outlet for creativity and exposure to life outside their school walls and environment.

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In the Fall of 2017, Sigma Lambda Upsilon brought the PEARLS program to the nation’s capital where it is serving the Oyster-Adams Bilingual School in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC.  Adams Morgan is a culturally diverse neighborhood with a large immigrant population.   This middle school aims to support all students to achieve bilingually at the highest levels.

Since our establishment, PEARLS Program DC has mentored 12 girls in grades 6 through 8 with over 80 hours of educational and developmental programming and direct mentoring. We have been fortunate to welcome several of our mentees back for a second year in the program.   We aim to uplift the Oyster Adams community and foster confidence in our young people so that they may advance toward their educational, professional, and personal goals

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Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. is an Latina-based, not exclusive, organization. The organization has undergraduate and graduate chapters across the United States. led by everyday women seeking to make a difference on their respective campuses and communities.  Sigma Lambda Upsilon is comprised of diverse collegiate and professional women dedicated to uplifting traditionally marginalized groups, specifically Latinx people and women.  Since 1987, the Hermandad has been an outlet for professional development and personal growth to both its members and serving constituents.