Tracy Stokes – Founder of Young P.E.A.R.L.S

Tracy joined our team in 2013.  We welcomed her as the first and currently the only organization from the state of Kentucky.

PLWG Network: Hello Tracy, please tell us about yourself.

Tracy StokesTracy Stokes:  I am the mother of three children ages 16, 11, and 9. They keep me busy, but I wouldn’t change it for anything in the world. All that I do, and everything that I am involved in, is to show them they can do anything they put their minds to! My passion is to serve my community and to make sure the youth, especially young women, have the tools they need in order to fulfill their goals. I also love motivational speaking, writing poetry and attending  to live poetry events, listening to live music, and being active as a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I am the Assistant Director for African American Programs and Services at Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky which is about 7 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. My basic duties are to ensure African American students have what they need in order to be successful academically as they pursue their education. I also established an initiative in 2011 at NKU called Sister Circle which aims to encourage, empower, and connect African American young woman with resources so they are able to reach their full potential! It is my philosophy that to show students they are able to achieve their goals if they are willing to persevere!

Three words that describe me: Relatable, Passionate, Innovative.

PLWG Network: What is Young P.E.A.R.L.S?

Tracy Stokes:  Young P.E.A.R.L.S. ( Purposely Educating and Responsibly Leading Young Sisters) aims to encourage young women to realize their potential by maintaing a focus on leadership, community involvement, college readiness, and mentoring. YP encourages young women who participate in the program by providing positive role models and mentors to assist them with as they lay their foundation for educational and co-curricular success.Ipearl SHIRT (1)

PLWG Network: Please share with us the inspiration behind Young P.E.A.R.L.S.

Tracy Stokes:  The inspiration behind Young P.E.A.R.L.S. is  my 16 year old daughter Alexis. I had her when I was 21, and a junior in college. I was young, but even then knew that I needed to create a solid path for her to follow. I say to her all of the time that she is my mirror image, she is is my purpose, she is my responsibility, she is the reason I am intentional about the way I carry myself. I want to create a legacy of giving, and caring, and I want to make sure I demonstrate to Alexis through my actions HOW we give back to our community. I also know that through giving back, she is is also learning valuable lessons that will stay with her a lifetime.

PLWG Network: What are some of your goals for Young P.E.A.R.L.S. ?

Tracy Stokes:   Young P.E.A.R.L.S. main goal is to equip young women to be college ready by the time they graduate from high school. Research has shown that when young women feel supported, they excel! YP’s goal is to be a resource in the community so that young women and their families know that there is a group of people who care about the success of their daughters. YP wants to use innovative, out of the box programming to build the foundation for a strong sisterhood of women who will continue to support each other into the future.

Young PEARLS Group picPLWG Network: What advice do you have for African American/Black Girls?

Tracy Stokes:   I call these Tracy’s BE-Attitudes of Success:

1. BE Intentional: WRITE DOWN YOUR GOALS……..always have a plan for your success!

2. BE Deliberate: ASK QUESTIONS……If you don’t ask, no one will know you need help!

3. BE Ready: Always be ready to tell someone who you are, what you do, and where you want to go…..you never know, that person could help you reach your goal.
Our website: www.youngpearls.org

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