FROM PEBBLE TO PROMISE: WOKE AT ALL AGES
Kelly Fair is a graduate of Howard University and holds a master’s degree from the University of Iowa. As an active member of the Chicago community, Kelly serves on the Bronzeville Community Action Council, and previously on the Advocacy Council of Women Employed, Inc., and the Christ Universal Temple Board of Directors.
As a manager at McGraw-Hill, Kelly implemented launch campaigns for two innovative literacy programs as well as implemented training for Chicago Public School research studies. At Christ Universal Temple, she served as a program manager and curriculum designer for the Project Achieve College Prep Program.
In the summer of 2009, she founded Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program. Polished Pebbles has served approximately 500+ girls ages 7-17 years old, through 11 sites at University of Chicago Charter Schools, Chicago Public Schools, and the Chicago Housing Authority. Over 100 volunteer mentors throughout the Chicagoland community, Bloomingdale’s Department Stores, the Microsoft Store, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, IIT, ThoughtWorks, and 107.5 WGCI have supported the program. Their latest efforts included launching a South African Virtual Exchange Program this past spring.
National and local media outlets have also taken notice of her work with Polished Pebbles, and some of this notable media coverage includes: CBS, Channel 2’s Someone You Should Know Segment, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune’s Red Eye, N’Digo News Magazine, Let’s Stay Together Talk, NV Magazine, True Star Magazine, Truth Be Told News Service, Black Gives Back, WVON 1690 AM, and 107.5 WGCI. Links to some of this coverage are below: