The Girls Educated and Motivated for Success Mentoring Program (GEMS) is a community based health education program designed to mentor adolescent girls between the ages of 13 and 17. Girls participate in a 3-4 month ongoing educational program that focuses on health education which leads them to make healthy and safe decisions throughout adolescence.
The GEMS program uses the most valuable volunteers to serve as GEMS Mentors. The mentors are selected on a need basis but are asked to serve for at least one year, 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 Wednesday evenings at Teen Health Connection.
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.