Congratulations to the 2012 class of graduates of The From Girls to Pearls Program! From Girls to Pearls is a component of the Gamma Zeta Zeta Education Foundation. The program serves female adolescents of color "to prepare themselves—physically, socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and culturally for passage from childhood to teen."
On Sunday, May 6th, the Gamma Zeta Zeta Education Foundation presented 17 young teens from Central Ohio in the 5th Annual From Girls to Pearls Ball. Janet Jackson, President & CEO of the United Way of Central Ohio, served as Mistress of Ceremonies. Each princess completed three-hour rites of passage courses at The Ohio State University and 4 dance rehearsals at Thompson Recreation Center; for approximately 30+hours of training. Course titles included the ABC's of Finance, Becoming a Pearl Charm School, and an Honor thy Mother Dinner where chefs taught the young girls how to prepare a meal in the state of the art instructional kitchen at The Ohio State University. The Civic Engagement session was taught by notable Columbus City Councilwoman Priscilla Tyson. The Celebration Ball was held at the Makoy Center at 4pm with a reception at 3pm. Each princess has an escort to the ball in which escorts participated in approximately 10 hours of etiquette and enrichment based training. The princess waltz was a beautiful highlight to the evening.
The 2012 class of From Girls to Pearls included 13 teens from Columbus City Schools, and 1 each from Grace Christian School, Pickerington Local Schools, Reynoldsburg City Schools, and Whitehall City Schools! Congratulations girls and congratulations to Committee Chair Cathy Mock for an awesome program!