G.E.M.S: (Giving, Empowering, Mentorship and Self-Identity), is a female oriented program designed to educate, inspire and reshape the behaviors of teenage girls. Chicago’s South Side area has been affected by many challenging factors that need not deter our youth from their education, community expansion, and social development. G.E.M.S was designed to incorporate connections between female youth (girls ages 13-17 years) and mentors (women ages 25 & up) who have a genuine interest in mentoring development. This connection helps mold our female youth into the gems they were meant to be!
The G.E.M.S program was designed by volunteers and community partners of the St. Sabina Church, in collaboration with a nonprofit organization called W.I.N.D.O.W. (Women In Need of Discovering Their Own Worth; Founder, Valerie Goodloe). W.I.N.D.O.W. works with 15 girls within a 20 week period of group, peer, and one-on-one mentoring. Similar to G.E.M.S, W.I.N.D.O.W aims to educate, inspire, influence and reshape young girls’ behaviors in today’s time and age.
G.E.M.S mentees enjoy the positive structure of their yearly events. Mentees take part in a curriculum that includes weekly exercises, activities, and lessons on making positive choices, using self-awareness, building family & community relationships, fostering education with career goals, and last but not least, visiting the conversations around the facts and myths of intimate relationships. Mentees will also have ongoing one-on-one activities, discussions, and life coaching with an assigned “Menture or Mentor”.