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.
Greenville’s Community Center
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.
DeVette L. Green
Originally from the Lowcountry, DeVette L. Green has considered the Upstate home since graduating from Furman University with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Business Administration back in 1997.
As an education professional, she believes it’s important to develop positive character, empower communication, and encourage collaboration to help develop students into conscientious members of their community.
With a passion for learning and teaching new things, she loves helping teens “Discover Who We Are and Where We Want To Be”. Her focus is on enriching character, leadership, health and life skills, education and career development, S.T.E.A.M activities, sports, fitness, and community service.
Apart from her career in education, she loves music, reading, and most of all spending time with her family and friends. She recently married her soulmate Jeffery with whom she lives in Taylors, SC.