The P.E.A.R.L.S of Pride & Promise Cotillion Ball
Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)
Every day, Memphis teens are rushed into adulthood before they are prepared because of an un-planned pregnancy or health complications resulting from a STD or HIV. On average 1,000 teens in Shelby County, ages 15 to 17, are getting pregnant each year and 2,500 are infected with STDs. Shelby County has the highest teenage STD rate in the state. This affects girls from ALL backgrounds and impacts EVERY community. Here is why this matters:
- Teenage pregnancy and parenthood have unfortunate consequences for society, teenage mothers, and the children born to them.
- Teen mothers frequently do not complete high school, have poor earnings, and have increased dependency on the welfare system.
- A child born to a teen mother is more likely to have a low birth weight, health problems, suffer abuse, live in an inferior home environment, be poor, and be less likely to succeed in school.
- Moreover, a child born to a teen is more likely to continue the cycle being a teenage parent.
Modern Distinctive Ladies, Inc. has spent the past 25 years improving education, health and wellness for young ladies in the Memphis community. We offer a distinctive curriculum designed to reduce sexual risk behaviors and related health problems among young ladies. MDL Inc. helps teen girls adopt lifelong attitudes and behaviors that support their health and well-being. This includes behaviors that reduce the risk for HIV, other STDs, and unintended pregnancy.
Since the program’s inception, there have been over 850 girls enrolled in MDL Inc.’s program and 100% of them have attended abstinence classes, avoided teen pregnancy and have been accepted to at least one college or more.
Modern Distinctive Ladies, Inc. is hosting its annual Purity P.E.A.R.L.S Debutante Cotillion. The purpose of this program, Purity Evolves A Real Lady, is twofold. First, through this program, the young ladies attend purity classes, workshops, community service projects and other activities aimed at promoting abstinence, embracing spiritual guidance, living a healthy lifestyle, increasing self-esteem, improving leadership and preparing young ladies for college and beyond. Secondly, proceeds benefit the Modern Distinctive Ladies, Inc. a 501c3 non-profit organization.
The signature event, “The P.E.A.R.L.S of Pride & Promise Cotillion Ball, promotes and cultivates purity, scholarship, elegance, and poise in middle and high school young ladies through educational, social and cultural programs in addition to training. The program culminates in a Cotillion Ball where the debutantes make their formal debut. Our mission is to inspire and empower young girls to succeed in school, avoid teen pregnancy and use their personal power to achieve their goals and dreams.
If you are a Sponsor, please contact us at either firstname.lastname@example.org or at (901) 878.5635 so that we can service your needs and provide you with the appropriate information. If you are an individual looking to purchase tickets to the event, ticket sales to the public commence on October 2, 2013. Please check back at that time to purchase tickets to this fantastic event.
Thank for your assistance in serving the community!
Dr. Tavis Wade-Jones
The PEARLS of Pride & Promise Cotillion Ball