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Pearls of Potential

Published on April 18, 2016 um 14:57

Explain your idea in details:

According to the World Health Organization, every year approximately 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 and another 1 million girls under 15 give birth with majority (95%) of the births occurring in the developing world. In developing countries when a girl gets pregnant, she leaves school either voluntary or forced. She faces shame and stigma from her parents, schools, peers and communities. She also receives little or no support which leaves her vulnerable to homelessness, poverty, abuse and sexual exploitation. Although there are organizations in developing countries that provide support for adolescent mothers, many of these organizations lack the training and resources necessary to effectively meet the needs of adolescent mothers. Organizations also face barriers to obtaining and sustaining support due to the stigma associated with adolescent mothers. Pearls of Potential believes in the importance of building the capacity of organizations, through developing and strengthening skills and resources, to effectively meet the needs of adolescent mothers. We are building upon existing approaches but making them specific to the needs of these organizations. Pearls of Potential will provide a comprehensive service package to our clients for a period of no less than 12 months. This service consists of: - Initial Consultation - Site Visit and Site Visit Report - Needs Assessment - Monthly Calls - Six Month and Annual Progress Reports - Training and Technical Assistance - Staff Liaison for follow up services Pearls of Potential also provides a la carte services such as grant writing assistance and specific trainings based on the needs assessment such as adolescent development and child-parent attachment. At the helm of Pearls of Potential is support, collaboration and partnerships. We believe in meeting the needs of the organizations and adolescent mothers and therefore take a listening and guidance approach when working with them. .

Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development

Pearls of Potential knows that by investing in girls, we are investing in our future. Providing capacity building services to organizations, based on their needs, will improve their ability to effectively meet the needs of their staff and adolescent mothers. Successfully building the capacity of these organizations will lead to improved support for adolescent mothers during their transition into motherhood and adulthood. It will also ensure that adolescent mothers reach their full potential and contribute to the development of themselves and their country. Organizations will also be able to keep up with an ever changing society and the demands of being an effective and efficient organization. Working with them for twelve months or more will increase their ability to maintain the progress after the contract has ended. After the conducting the initial consultation and needs assessment, Pearls of Potential will work with the organization to develop specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and timely (S.M.A.R.T) goals and objectives. The S.M.A.R.T goals will also be used to develop an in depth evaluation plan. We will create a graphic timeline using the information from the goals and objectives to ensure that the project is kept on track. With regards to the trainings, participants will receive a pre and posttest to assess their knowledge. They will also fill out a feedback form which will help Pearls of Potential identify any areas of improvement. Utilizing the monthly calls, six-month and annual progress reports both organizations will assess any changes that need to be made to the plan including the need for additional trainings. After the contract has ended organizations will be assigned to a staff liaison that will provide continued support on an as needed basis.

Plans for implementation and sustainability

To execute the vision of Pearls of Potential requires committed collaborators and partners. Pearls of Potential will market our services through our website, social media platforms, cold contacts and established partnerships. After an organization expresses interest, Pearls of Potential will conduct an initial consultation and then establish a Memorandum of Understanding. We will work with the organization for no less than a year and engage in continuous conversations to assess the need for extension of and additional services.
In order to sustain the organization, Pearls of Potential will apply for funding from various donors as well as participate in fundraising efforts individually and with partners. We will work with the organizations to determine a price for the year that we will provide services. Pearls of Potential will use a fee for service for those seeking a la carte services, such as a specified training.
In years 3-5, Pearls of Potential will expand its focus to include. policy/advocacy and mentoring. Pearls of Potential will leverage resources to connect with Ministries of Education to establish and evaluate educational policies that affect and support adolescent mothers. The establishment of the mentoring program will be the first of its kind in many of the countries and for some of the adolescent mothers, this is first time that they will have a caring adult in their life. Each adolescent mother (mentee) will be paired with an adult female from the community (mentor) who will provide social support through structured and unstructured activities for a period of one year.
Pearls of Potential will continue to build its expertise and expand its knowledge in the area of working with adolescent mothers through developing briefs, dissemination of evaluation results, contributing to blogs and presenting at conferences and workshops.

Your profile

Mona-lee Belizaire is a 29 year old public health professional, originally from the island of Jamaica. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Education from the University of Florida. She also holds a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from the University of South Florida and a Master of Social Work degree from Florida State University. Mona-lee is passionate about the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls especially in developing countries. She has over 8 years experience in the areas of maternal and child health and sexual and reproductive health, particularly with adolescents. She has worked on the local, national and international levels in the areas of teen pregnancy prevention, teen parenting and positive youth development. Mona-lee recently completed a fellowship with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Adolescent Health where she provided training and technical assistance to grantees who were implementing teen pregnancy prevention programs. Mona-lee is the Founder and Director of Programs and Initiatives for Pearls of Potential. Pearls of Potential was birth out of her story and the stories of many other adolescent mothers in developing countries who face shame and stigma when they become pregnant. Mona-lee envisions a world where adolescent mothers are treated equally, adequately supported in reaching their full academic, professional and economic potential and equipped with the necessary tools to lead successful lives.

Stage of Idea

start-up stage

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Comments

August 21, 2016 20:57

You conceived a great idea. Sure it's great, when it comes to social problems, your idea is the real solution. I support it by votes and comments. Just don't give up if want to implement it!

Sherri Bourdgae

June 15, 2016 18:20

anything idea using concept of pearls gets my vote!

June 13, 2016 18:17

Hi, you have a good idea there THUMBS UP.
I have cast my vote for you!
Please i need you support also and a comment will also help. please check out my idea by clicking "Pwavodi Tanihungoama
Joshua" above, and give your valuable comment/advice.

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June 8, 2016 12:43

Mona
I've voted....

Best wishes
Regards
Natasha

June 8, 2016 12:41

Mona
I've voted....

Best wishes
Regards
Natasha

June 7, 2016 06:15

Your project is great and i support it fully, I wish you all the best for the completion of your project.

June 6, 2016 07:23

Hie dear congratulations on your project, I support it .since we are friends here I've just voted for ur project,giving you the 25th vote so please kindly vote for my idea too

MY PROJECT
Project Diginity the idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project category 2016

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/3549/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 18:11

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 18:08

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 18:05

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 18:04

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 18:00

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 17:55

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 17:55

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 17:54

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 17:51

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 17:45

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 17:45

Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 4, 2016 17:44

Hie Magoti congratulations on your project!
Hie mona-Lee Congratulations on your project

My project:
Project dignity idea of Ñatasha Annie Tonthola was also selected for best Project 2016 category

I support your idea, and am wishing you the best of luck in ur category .

Since we are friends am kindly asking that u support me with a vote. ..and I will do the same for u!

https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/10/

Best of luck
Natasha Annie Tonthola

June 2, 2016 11:47

Thanks for your comment about my idea. i am looking forward to working with you.

You also have a wonderful idea. keep it up

my no is +2348121746273, [email protected]

June 1, 2016 16:02

Thanks for your comment about my idea. i am looking forward to working with you.

You also have a wonderful idea. keep it up

my no is +2348121746273, [email protected]

June 1, 2016 12:59

I wish you all the best. I love the fact that your project has direct impact on girls.

June 1, 2016 12:49

Thank you all for your support!

June 1, 2016 12:48

Thank you all for your support!

June 1, 2016 09:50

hey i have voted you and hope you will help me

May 24, 2016 21:08

nice one bro,i think i am in love with ur project, pls chk mine and make a comment
https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/4/1934/

May 21, 2016 15:04

hey Mona, yr idea is really amazing, helping the adolocent moms....they themselves are into such a chaos and helping them in such a trained manner will be great not only for moms but also the kids of these moms as they will be now rearing up in trained hands.

May 12, 2016 15:51

Thank you all for your support. I will certainly support you all in your projects and wish nothing but the best.

May 11, 2016 08:23

Awesome what a great idea

May 11, 2016 08:22

awesome! what a great idea.

May 5, 2016 11:59

Its a wonderful idea, sexual education is very important to our generation to day.The idea will help to reduce early pregnancies also it will be helpful to teen mothers

May 5, 2016 11:54

Its a wonderful idea, sexual education is very important to our generation to day.The idea will help to reduce early pregnancies also it will be helpful to teen mothers

May 5, 2016 11:00

It's a great idea Belizaire,

You are empowering the backbone of nations 'women'.

I had a familiar concept to empower girls in embracing technology . #girlsintech

Otherwise it's a great Idea and wish you all the best.

All the best

Also.

You can go through this.
User-Centric Anticounterfeit USSD Solution to audit knockoffs in the market by empowering the consumer at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/4/2995/

Regards.

May 5, 2016 10:58

It's a great idea Belizaire,

You are empowering the backbone of nations 'women'.

I had a familiar concept to empower girls in embracing technology . #girlsintech

Otherwise it's a great Idea and wish you all the best.

All the best

Also.

You can go through this.
User-Centric Anticounterfeit USSD Solution to audit knockoffs in the market by empowering the consumer at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/4/2995/

Regards.

May 5, 2016 10:56

It's a great idea Belizaire,

You are empowering the backbone of nations 'women'.

I had a familiar concept to empower girls in embracing technology . #girlsintech

Otherwise it's a great Idea and wish you all the best.

All the best

Also.

You can go through this.
User-Centric Anticounterfeit USSD Solution to audit knockoffs in the market by empowering the consumer at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/4/2995/

Regards.

May 5, 2016 10:53

It's a great idea Belizaire,

You are empowering the backbone of nations 'women'.

I had a familiar concept to empower girls in embracing technology . #girlsintech

Otherwise it's a great Idea and wish you all the best.

All the best

Also.

You can go through this.
User-Centric Anticounterfeit USSD Solution to audit knockoffs in the market by empowering the consumer at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/ideas/4/2995/

Regards.

May 4, 2016 05:23

This is a great idea which can help the society and the community at large on women issue,especially some community belives when a lady gets pregnant out of wedlock,she is counted as waywardness thereby neglected to surfer for the cause,with this idea women will be helped and educated.
My idea "Extraction of oil and cake from palm kernel seed" was nominated for the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition in the Best Idea 2016 category. Please read my idea at https://www.entrepreneurship-campus.org/members/demola16/ideas/my-ideas/1976/ and I would be happy if you support my idea with comments and votes!

April 29, 2016 14:49

Thank you everyone for your kind and encouraging words. We are excited about the reach we will have and the impact we will be able to make across the developing world!

April 29, 2016 11:29

Mona-lee, your project is really great. Sexual education is a subject that many parents avoid to speak with children, that leads to early pregnancies and exposition to IST. Teen mothers need to be helped for their sake and that of their children.
Please, don't hesitate to get a look on my idea.

April 29, 2016 11:26

Mona-lee, your project is really great. Sexual education is a subject that many parents avoid to speak with children, that leads to early pregnancies and exposition to IST. Teen mothers need to be helped for their sake and that of their children.
Please, don't hesitate to get a look on my idea.

April 25, 2016 17:23

Mona-lee great initiative and thanks for expatiating on the concept. would love to see how this scales to reach most under-developed countries as this is akin to most societies across different continents.

April 25, 2016 15:35

Thanks Armslem! Our main approach is focused on providing support after the girls pregnant so that they will be able to reach their full potential. With that being said we certainly will provide support so that there isn't a subsequent pregnancy and help organizations who do want to focus on teen pregnancy prevention.

April 25, 2016 15:31

I love your approach on the issue of teenage pregnancy, the fact that you are working on prevention and not just sensitising after the pregnancy makes it even more beautiful.

April 25, 2016 15:20

Thank you Noutcha! Your support and kind words mean a lot

April 25, 2016 04:39

hello Mona-lee , i like you project is a great idea especially for the girl child

April 24, 2016 13:41

Thank you Tochukwu! We are certainly hoping to have an impact on adolescent mothers.

April 23, 2016 22:17

Mona, now I can read ur project. My dear I must confess that I love what you doing with target group; adolescent girls and the reproductive health. This is one very sensitive topic most parents shy away from. Weldone sister, cheers.

April 22, 2016 15:54

Venuste! I am elated to be able to help and work on this with you. Please contact me at [email protected] and we can discuss further. I look forward to hearing from you.

April 22, 2016 05:21

Thank you Shiwomeh!

April 21, 2016 23:27

that's awesome dear

April 21, 2016 21:27

Nadlyn,

Thank you for your comments. I am very excited to bring about change to adolescent mothers in developing countries. Best of luck to you!

April 21, 2016 21:27

Nadlyn,

Thank you for your comments. I am very excited to bring about change to adolescent mothers in developing countries. Best of luck to you!

April 21, 2016 21:25

Hi Benard,

We certainly will think about Kenya. If you know of any organizations there that work with adolescent mothers please let me know. That would be greatly appreciated.

April 21, 2016 19:42

Thumbs up dear. Its time girls and women have recognition and support not stigmatization just because we are the ones who fall pregnant

April 21, 2016 11:09

your idea great to bring change to our girls and wish your the best to move to next level but please think about kenya with the idea even after competition,amazing in deed.

April 21, 2016 05:10

Great idea, l like your idea and profile.

April 20, 2016 23:03

Thank you Uchenna! Our mission really speaks to impacting the lives of adolescent mothers in developing countries!

April 20, 2016 23:02

This is really interesting .Impacting on the lives of others

April 20, 2016 23:00

This is really interesting .Impacting on the lives of others

April 20, 2016 19:36

Thanks you as well!

April 20, 2016 19:14

That will be great Mona-lee, will appreciate it very much. She's currently in the village and doesn't have access to the internet but should be back in the city soon.

Will let her get in touch as soon as possible.

I'll personally share and push this laudable idea for votes on social networks because it relates to our situation.

Stay blessed and good luck dear.

April 20, 2016 19:05

Thank you Felix! I would love to connect with your fiancee. Please have her email me at [email protected] I would love to do some work in Ghana.

Best,
Mona-lee

April 20, 2016 18:57

This is really amazing!

What's more? Rising from the same adversity into championing this same cause.

Stigmatization is a serious issue to deal with when it comes to adolescent pregnancy, especially when the woman involved is in school.

I'd be glad for my fiancee representing you on this cause here in Ghana. She was a victim too.

Good Luck to you Mona-lee

April 19, 2016 16:33

i thinkthe idea is amazing. keep it up.

April 18, 2016 21:38

Thank you Dielamo. Often times when there is support and holistic interventions there is a decrease in subsequent pregnancies. Also preventing subsequent pregnancies is one of the easier forms of providing support in comparison to all the other issues they face. Thanks again and best of luck to you as well.

April 18, 2016 21:26

Underaged girls turning to adolescent mothers is serious societal and health problem in the world. Good you are bringing up policies and programmes that would act as a guide, a support base to ensure effective transition to full adult motherhood. While you do so, it won't be out of place if prevention and a stop reoccurrence campaigns is also included in your programmes and policies. They should be motivated on need to avoid unintended pregnancies. So that it won't be seen as if their acts is justified. Best regards and all the best with your idea.

April 18, 2016 18:46

Thank you very much Imelda, Munyakazi, and Bernard! I certainly will be on the look out for funding and I am hoping that through partnerships other funding sources will be available. Looking to partner with you all as well. If you know of any organizations that work with adolescent mothers please share them with me. Thanks!

April 18, 2016 18:37

Hello Mona-lee!

It's a very good initiative and idea, to think about those girls who sometimes feel rejected by their peers,because of their status of mothers that they get very early...
I only wish or suggest that you find the right partners who can support you financially, so that the project would not stop on the way. If possible, try to create other sources of incomes too. I wish you all the best!

April 18, 2016 18:31

wauh....i really like your idea. keep it up

April 18, 2016 18:11

Hi mona-lee,
taken into account the rate at which young girls aged 15 as research by WHO are given birth and with no proper care or attention and leading them to dropping out of school,rendering them homeless and also embedding the child they birth to into poverty,contacting other related diseases with no regular care and guidance it a very delicate situation every girl child will go through,i believe that embarking on these journey is best idea ever,let all help in bringing hope to the # GIRL CHILD and the general public as a whole kudos my dear,,,i wish all you the best of luck and hoping to partner you...congratulation

April 18, 2016 15:54

Your most welcome.Continue with your great work.

April 18, 2016 15:53

Hi Jason,

Thanks for your feedback. Certainly funding will be one of our priorities.The needs assessment will also allow us to identify other areas that may not require such a heavy lifting. I also look forward to ways in which we can partner. Thanks!

April 18, 2016 15:46

Being originally from Jamaica, I believe you will have a solid idea as to underage pregnancies.I'm from Trinidad and Tobago and we know that it is a major issue in the Caribbean.I like the fact that you are going to partner with established organizations that are already doing the work ,because it allows you to expand your network easier.However, their main focus i.e the organizations Pearls of Potential will be partnering with,shall be funding.I saw the grant writing element and honestly that maybe one of the easier aspects to offer in the initial startup, as all your other support services shall be quite costly to get up and running.I do hope you are successful in your idea and I hope my platform Urclickcast will be used by Pearls of Potential to connect with your potential clients globally.Rgds.