Who We Are
Pleasant Valley Connection, Inc. is a community center that offers activities, programs, assistance and more for residents of all ages through various social agencies.
It all started back in 1996 and 1997 when community members joined together to create a new beginning for the Pleasant Valley neighborhood. They shared a common vision for their neighborhood and identified four priorities for community involvement and empowerment:
After-school Program & Full-Day Summer Camp
Improved police activity
A centralized office to share information, referrals, and connect community services.
Greenville’s Community Center
What We Do
We promote strong families and individuals of all ages as the basis of a strong community. We respect and value racial, cultural, religious and linguistic diversity and feel it is an asset to our community. We believe that the community owns and drives the programs provided and shares in the responsibility for sustaining the Pleasant Valley Connection.
Pleasant Valley Program Staff
Leda Young grew up in the backyard of the center. She recalls fond memories as a young girl grouping up in Pine Hill — while her parents (the late Robert Young and Agnes Young) were also making a difference as educators with Greenville County Schools.
Leda attended Hughes Academy and she is a proud graduate of Southside High School.
Following in her parents footsteps by eventually choosing education as a career, Leda has had opportunities to partner with multiple community organizations and agencies. She has served as a constant resource to students and parents.
Prior to embarking in her career as an educator, she received a BA in Business Administration, a M.Ed in Elementary Education and an M.A. Educational Leadership and Supervision.
Overall, her experience in outreach and as an educator for over twenty-five years in Greenville County Schools as administrator and teacher, bring a desired skill set which she is already being put to use in helping to further advance Pleasant Valley Connection.
As an educator and civic-minded community member, she believes that Building a Better Graduate is a collaborative effort between schools and communities. Through her leadership, Pleasant Valley Connection continues its mission to provide educational support, structured activities to youth, and other assistance to families in the Greater PVC community.
The youngest of 5 children, Sonya Pearson was born in Greenville SC, Dec. 18,1981. After graduating from Greenville High School in 2000, she enrolled in Morris College where she pursued a major in Health and Science Education. During her time there, she was a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She ultimately graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science in 2005.
With 22 years of experience working in a childcare licensed DSS facility, Sonya has worked with all types of children. From 1998-2011, she worked at BSCDC as the after school director and assistant director. From 2014 to 2015, she served as the director of Imagination Station of Mauldin. She began working at Pleasant Valley Connection in 2017 as an after school counselor but has since moved up to the position of Youth Program Director.
Her only son, Ashton Pearson was born on January 1st, 2010.
Michelle Goodwin-Calwile is a retired educator for Greenville County Schools, where she served in various capacities. She was a Family Literacy Teacher, Parent Educator, and Title I Facilitator. She serves on the Education Regional Center’s Advisory Board and is a member of the District 25 Neighborhood Association. She was a volunteer at Mt. Pleasant Community Center’s after school program, where she tutored second and third-graders in reading. She serves on various schools’ SIC and PTSA Boards in Area 25, and is a member of the Carolina High School Alumni Association. In addition, Ms. Goodwin-Calwile is a member of the Greenville County Education Association, South Carolina Education Association, National Education Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Aiken Chapel Baptist Church. She was recently sworn in as the State Regional Director of The Piedmont for the Black Caucus of the South Carolina School Boards Association.
Ms. Goodwin-Calwile earned a Bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising from Winthrop University, a Master of Education degree from Converse College, and a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration from Furman University.
Pleasant Valley Connection Board Members
Princella Lee-Bridges’ unwavering commitment has enriched our organization for several years. Hailing from Anderson and bringing a wealth of experience as a military nurse, Lee-Bridges’ journey is nothing short of inspiring. Her tireless efforts extend beyond boardroom discussions; she’s actively bridging communities from Anderson to Augusta, leaving a profound impact on those she serves. Particularly noteworthy is her compassionate work with burn victims, showcasing her dedication to healing and community welfare. Join us in celebrating Princella Lee-Bridges, a beacon of service and empathy in our midst.