Who We Are
Girls E-Mentorship (GEM) is a registered charitable organization that offers an innovative mentorship program for high school girls facing multiple barriers. We equip girls with the necessary skills to achieve their grown-up aspirations, building a diverse network of talented, vibrant women and girls to inspire and support one another.

Since GEM’s launch in 2012, we have served over 170 girls in Toronto, seeing them through to post-secondary pursuits, including university entry. We have seen mentorship relationships deepen and girls transformed into confident, empowered young women.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide an innovation mentorship experience for motivated high school girls facing multiple barriers. 

Our Vision

Our vision is for girls to reach their full potential, and emerge as empowered young women and future female leaders.

Our History

Girls E-Mentorship (GEM) was founded in 2012 by Rochelle de Goias, a Senior Policy Advisor who spent the first half of her career working as an analyst and consultant in both the private and public sectors.

Rochelle graduated from University of London with an MA in International Relations. During her graduate studies, Rochelle felt she lacked professional female mentors who could help guide her towards her goals and aspirations. She became passionate about creating a program to empower adolescent girls through mentorship and creating a mentorship culture in Toronto.

What started out as a small pilot program based in Flemington Park, has grown to accept girls from all across the GTA.

Read a feature on our founder Rochelle.


THE PILOT

In 2013, we worked with 22 girls facing multiple barriers from high priority neighbourhoods in Toronto to design and implement an innovative mentorship program. The pilot was hugely successful.

Our belief is that charitable programming can be innovative and should take a co-creative approach. This meant designing our program with help from mentees, mentors, policy developers, social workers, teachers, and community stakeholders.

Mentee Profile:

  • Mentees are extremely stressed, busy, and over achieving
  • Over 80% of GEMgirls said they experienced average or more than average stress
  • 78% of pilot GEMgirls are pursuing STEM professions after high school.
  • Significant pressure on girls to succeed
  • GEMgirls struggle with time management, dealing with failure and managing expectation

PILOT RESULTS

Overall response to the program was very positive

After a three-month pilot:

  • 100% of the girls said they would recommend GEM to a friend
  • 33% of pre-pilot GEMgirls reported that they felt they could achieve their aspirations. This rose to 63% post-pilot
  • No pre-pilot GEMgirls responded “yes” when asked if they felt prepared for the next chapter in their life. This increased to 25% post-pilot

Other successes:

  • Helped mentees gain insight into careers that interested them
  • Provided an opportunity to ask professional women questions
  • Exposed mentees to new careers
  • Allowed mentees to explore issues of self-esteem and confidence

The Team

Angelina Pun
Angelina Pun

Executive Director

Angelina brings significant experience in the not-for-profit sector in both Canada and the United Kingdom, with organizations such as East London Advanced Technology Training (ELATT), Richmond University, and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. She has also worked in a volunteer fundraising capacity for numerous organizations, such as Project Sunshine Canada and Mooredale Community Centre, as well as in marketing and operations with LVMH. Along with her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, Angelina holds a Graduate Diploma of Education from Griffith University, Australia and a Masters of Business Administration from Richmond University, UK.

Tara Noronha
Tara Noronha

Program Manager

Tara has over six years of experience in client care, program development and team management. With a degree in Industrial Design and Project Management, Tara considers herself “process-obsessed” and user-focused. Tara understands the need to equip girls with the necessary tools to support and achieve their dreams. She is enthusiastic and committed to providing GEM participants with interactive and purposeful programming.

Kirsten Desabrais
Kirsten Desabrais

Communications and Events Manager

Kirsten is a creative thinker, who is passionate about clearly communicating organizational objectives through meaningful storytelling. Kirsten has held positions at Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) Canada, Girls Inc. Head Office in New York City and has volunteered extensively at other non-profit organizations both nationally and internationally. Kirsten has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto, and recently graduated from the professional writing and communications program at Humber College.


The Board

Rochelle de Goias
Rochelle de Goias

Founder, Co-Chair

Laura Nourse
Laura Nourse

Secretary

Pamela borges
Pamela borges

Board Member

Mary Lee
Mary Lee

Co-Chair

Anne-Marie Sorrenti
Anne-Marie Sorrenti

Board Member

Susan Humphrey
Susan Humphrey

Board Member

Jenny Seto
Jenny Seto

Treasurer

Maria Vilshanski
Maria Vilshanski

Board Member

Naomi Zener
Naomi Zener

Board Member

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