The Girls Educated and Motivated for Success Mentoring Program (GEMS) is a community and school-based health education program designed to mentor adolescent girls between the ages of 13 and 17. This program is curriculum-based and follows a longitudinal format, which allows girls to enroll in the program at age 13 and continue until they graduate from high school. Having this type of ongoing education, support and mentoring allows girls to consistently receive health education and support, leading them to making healthy and safe decisions throughout adolescence.
The GEMS program uses the most valuable volunteers to serve as GEMS Mentors. The mentors are selected each fall to serve for one year and many serve consecutive years. Mentors must be women at least 24 years old and committed to working with girls from diverse backgrounds. The GEMS mentors serve the community-based GEMS groups that meet once a week in the evenings at Teen Health Connection and the Mecklenburg County Health Department.
GEMS Mentors work directly with the Teen Health Connection team to empower young women to reach their potential. Our GEMS program includes health education, self-esteem building activities and community service.