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. The application deadline for G.E.M.S. mentors and mentees are now closed. Check back in the Fall of 2018 to find out more information concerning when we will begin accepting applications for a new cohort. However, if you would still like to volunteer with the program, we are looking for people to sign up to work with us as G.E.M.S. Angel.
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 G.E.M.S. they were destined to be.
For more information concerning the G.E.M.S. program and how to get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.