G.E.M.S., which stands for the spirit of Giving, Empowering, Mentorship and Self-Identity, is a girls mentoring program located in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood for teen girls, ages 13-17.  This program was designed by volunteers and community partners of St. Sabina Church, in collaboration with two nonprofit organizations called W.I.N.D.O.W.  (Women In Need of Discovering Own Worth) and Purpose by Design. The program provides 15 girls with 20 weeks of group, peer, and one-on-one mentoring to educate, inspire, influence and reshape their behaviors. G.E.M.S  mentees will take part in a curriculum that includes weekly exercises, activities, and lessons on making positive choices, self-awareness, family and community relationships, education and career goals, and facts/myths of intimate relationships. Mentees will also have ongoing one-on-one activities, discussions, and life coaching with an assigned “Menture” a name coined by W.I.N.D.O.W. Founder Valerie Goodloe combining the mentor and nurturer role.

The ARK of St. Sabina will launch the G.E.M.S. program in January 2018.  We are now accepting applications for women who are interested in becoming G.E.M.S. Mentors, as well as applications for G.E.M.S. mentees. The application deadline for women to apply to become G.E.M.S. mentors is Tuesday, December 5th.  All interested mentors are encouraged to read the G.E.M.S. Mentor job description, and thoroughly review the expectations of the role before applying. 


Don’t have time to become a mentor, but you still would like to make a difference... 

Consider becoming a G.E.M.S. Angel!  

A G.E.M.S. Angel is someone who genuinely wants to support our mission, but is unable to commit to serving as a Mentor for the program.  As a G.E.M.S. Angel, you can still make a difference by connecting the G.E.M.S. team to resources for the mentees, by volunteering at special events, or lending your expertise in a certain area (i.e. guest speaker, teaching a class, etc). G.E.M.S. Angels can also support the program by making a financially investment, which will be used to help the girls become the GEMS they were destined to be.

For more information concerning the GEMS program and how to get involved, please email