G.E.M.S. GIRLZ offers an opportunity to engage girls 10-18 years old in a positive relationship with a role model who can direct and teach them to make good choices. The goal is to help them grow into successful members of their society. Mentors are counselors who will perform the following duties:
- Listen and help through tough times
- Develop positive friendship/sisterhood
- Be an outlet where there is freedom to speak without judgments
- Provide emotional support
G.E.M.S. GIRLZ goal is to connect middle school to high school girls with talented women in Central Florida area for a ten-month mentorship program. The greatest thing about being G.E.M.S. GIRLZ is the opportunity to meet talented professional women, engage in career building experiences, and a chance to apply and take part in community services and a youth lead ambassador and advocacy group.
G.E.M.S. GIRLZ mission is to encourage and support the growth of all young girls to make positive life choices and to grow into successful and ambitious young women.
The G.EM.S. GIRLZ leadership and mentoring program is committed to promote and create positive change. We
envision that the girls in the community will be empowered to reach their full potential in becoming educated, strong, and influential young women in leaderships.
“Leaders should influence others..in such a way that it builds people up, encourages and edifies them so they can duplicate this attitude in others.”
Our Standards & Core Values...
We train our girls to be:
GENUINE- Authentic, one of the kind, unique
EXEMPLARY-Flawless, model, admirable
2 Timothy 2:15 ESV “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.”
MINDFUL- Wise, alert, sensible
Philippians 4:13 ESV “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
SUCCESSFUL-Achiever, prosperous, affluent
Proverbs 16:3 ESV “Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established.”
Mentoring allows a young person to know that there is someone who cares about their growth and well-being in this society. It assures young people that they do not have to face their challenges and or obstacles alone nor do they have to make life changing decisions on their own. Mentoring allows a young people to know that there is someone available to be their cheerleader when they succeed, a shoulder to lay their head upon to cry or rest, and an ear to listen when they have something to share. According to http://www.mentoring.org/
Research shows that the youth who are at risk of falling off track but had a mentor are:
- 55% more likely to enroll in college
- 78% more likely to volunteer regularly
- 90% are more interested in becoming a mentor
- 130% likely to hold leadership positions
- Students who meet regularly with their mentors are 52% less likely than their peers to skip a day of school and 37% less likely to skip a class. (Public/Private Ventures study of Big Brothers Big Sisters)
- Young adults who face an opportunity gap but have a mentor are 55% more likely to be enrolled in college than those who did not have a mentor. (The Mentoring Effect, 2014)
- Young adults have better school attendance and a better chance of going on to higher education, mentored youth maintain better attitudes toward school. (The Role of Risk, 2013)
IMPACT is a program to promote a series life skills workshops with a focus on confidence building and self-esteem, etiquette, finances, higher education, positive decision making, networking, career building, public speaking, and interviewing skills. This program is aimed to point girls into making positive life choices and growing into womanhood. Some of the life skills we will be talking about are Relationships and Boundaries, Self-Esteem, Goal Setting, Exploring Character, Morals and Values, Money Wise 101, and High-Road to College.” In addition, mentors and mentees who are matched meets monthly in-person at a location of their mutual choosing and keep in touch weekly through phone, email and text.
WOMEN EMPOWher GIRLZ
Throughout the program, I Am Woman Proverbs 31 Ministry and their partners host several experiential workshops called WOMEN EMPOWher GIRLZ. The goal of WOMEN EMPOWher GIRLZ is to empower mentees through the testimonies of other talented female professionals and equip them with the necessary skills to excel in the pursuit of their education and career aspirations. It is also a great opportunity for them to start networking and learn about various professional careers first hand.
I Am Woman Proverbs 31 Ministry offers community services and internship each year exclusively for G.E.M.S. GIRLZ. Our positions include but not limited: Outreach Summer Intern who helps to foster a community amongst the GEMS GIRLZ, Communications Intern who writes blog posts and social media posts, Youth Ambassador and Advocacy Leadership. GEMS GIRLZ are exposed to community events, public speaking, and meetings that takes place within their community and or other cities and organizations.
I Am Woman Proverbs 31 Ministry offers annual awards for G.E.M.S. GIRLZ mentees who have made the most progress and embodied the spirit of the program.