“Every girl is a CEO”: The mentoring program aims to help girls realize their dreams of craftsmanship

CHICAGO – Pilsen-based Polished Pebbles mentoring program opens doors to introduce Chicago girls and young women to careers in construction, manufacturing and trades.

Kelly Fair, Executive Director of Polished Pebbles, started the mentoring program to help girls develop important communication skills leading to a variety of future careers.

“We wanted to make sure girls had the opportunity to explore construction and manufacturing jobs and get their hands dirty,” Fair said.

“When I was a little kid, I used to run around with my toolbox,” said 18-year-old Axzhell Ellis.

Already an entrepreneur with an online boutique, Ellis always wanted to pursue a career in real estate and construction — she was among dozens of young women who attended the Chicago Women in Trades nonprofit’s Polished Pebbles Pink Hard Hat Symposium. Saturday.

The program has ministered to thousands of young girls and women and is currently working in 50 Chicago-area schools and communities — to spread the message that “they can do anything” and that the world is theirs, Fair said.

Symposium attendees also received kits for Polished Pebbles’ upcoming Every Girl is a CEO Virtual Career Conference.

Ellis says the organization connects them to resources and opens the doors to opportunity.

“I feel like if Beyoncé or Kelly Fair can do it, I can as another black woman,” Ellis said.

On October 15, the conference “Every Girl is a CEO” will take place with participants from four countries.

For more information about Polished Pebbles, visit the website: Polished Pebbles – Mentoring Program for Girls

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