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Help GEMgirls blossom

Happy International Women’s Day to all the AMAZING girls and women out there!
We love you, we believe in you, and we encourage you to #BeBoldForChange today and every day.

Here at GEM, we work boldly to change and improve the lives of high school girls through mentorship. To celebrate this day, the talented team behind Leaves of Trees is supporting GEM with a one-week promotion that starts TODAY!

Until March 15, $5 from every sale of an Orange Blossom Argan Oil ($60), and $2 from every sale of an Orange Blossom Argan Hand and Body Lotion ($15) will be donated to GEM to help GEMgirls blossom.

Purchases can be made online at leavesoftrees.com (shipping available internationally) or in-store at 177 Queen Street East in Toronto.
“GEM’s purpose, approach, and the positive outcomes for young women in Toronto as a result of their mentorship programs resonates with me and aligns well with our brand, “ noted Dr. Roohi Qureshi, Founder, Leaves of Trees.

“Helping women blossom is integral to our ethos, and to our business principle of committing to kindness.  In both of our orange blossom products that are part of this International Women’s Day initiative, the argan oil used has been hand-pressed by women at a cooperative we support in Morocco.”

About Leaves of Trees
Leaves of Trees is a Canadian brand known for its support of women including the employment of women at a women’s cooperative in Morocco where its argan oil is hand-pressed.

Based out of Toronto, Leaves of Trees takes an artisanal, small-batch approach to making its line of all-natural skincare products, using as many high-quality organic and fair-trade sources as possible. As a member of PETA’s Beauty Without Bunnies Program, Leaves of Trees never tests products on animals and is committed to remaining 100% cruelty- free.

#BeBoldForChange #InternationalWomensDay2017 #IWD2017 #GEMxLOT #HelpGEMgirlsBlossom #CommitToKindness #ConnectEmpowerInspire

Equality Matters

This year, Canada’s theme for International Women’s Day is Equality Matters and we would like to share with you all some interesting facts. #EqualityMatters because it is good for the economy, for the children, for the democracy, for EVERYBODY!

Did you know that…

-According to RBC, the increased economic participation of women resulted in a $130 billion contribution to economic activity in 2012 alone. This is equivalent to approximately 7% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

-In February 2016, the international report Is Gender Diversity Profitable? found that an organization with 30% female leaders could add up to 6 percentage points to its net profit margin.

-Research suggests that having a more diverse corporate board of directors may lead to stronger financial performance for companies.

-Companies with higher representation of women on their boards demonstrated a 26% higher return on investment.

-It is estimated that violence against women costs Canada more than $9.3 billion a year.

-Father involvement is related to positive child health outcomes in infants, such as improved weight gain in preterm infants and improved breastfeeding rates.

-Father engagement reduces the frequency of behavioral problems in boys while also decreasing delinquency and economic disadvantage in low-income families.

-Research shows that women in politics raise issues that others overlook, pass bills that others oppose, invest in projects others dismiss and seek to end abuses that others ignore.

-Where women are able to participate in peace processes, the chances of reaching an agreement at all improve, and the peace is 35 percent more likely to last at least 15 years.

-A study of statistics gathered from various equality indexes showed that living in one of the more gender equal countries in Europe was associated with having a higher quality of life and a lower chance of depression, divorce, or becoming a victim of violent death for both men and women.

Source: Status of Women Canada

Nabela Alam: Why become a GEMgirl?

Nabela Alam was one of our amazing GEMgirls in 2014-15. Her mentor was Verity Sylvester. We interviewed her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about the GEM program?
-My favourite part of The GEM Program was being able to attend the GEMinars. My favorite one was one called Beat the Busy Brain. It was about stress management and about self-peace. I was really blown away by this seminar because it was designed to talk about self-care, a life skill that is important that you don’t learn in school.

-What did you get out of your mentorship relationship?
-My mentor, Verity Sylvester, had a big impact on me. She taught me about self-motivation and the importance of being your own support system. She taught me to rely on myself. Verity firmly gave me advice about the importance of communication and the vocabulary we use. The strict mentality that I gained from our relationship helped prepare for University. Verity helped me gain the confidence and independence I needed to be successful in university and in my professional career.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-GEM creates a strong support system for the mentees. A support system that was not only there to offer me lifelong advice but also to motivate me so I could get the best experience from the program. They taught me how to make connections and properly network with people within my field. GEM also connected me and helped me get prepared for her an internship at RBC.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m a second-year student at York University in the Schulich School of Business program. I also take part in her school’s Corporate Social Responsibility Society (CSRS). In September 2016, I finished a five-month internship with RBC.

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in joining GEM program?
-Make sure you are serious about taking advantage of this opportunity, don’t just join because it looks good on your resume. Even though you may not come from a wealthy background you can still strive for more to make your life better. Join! Just join. You don’t have to pay and if you take it seriously you will have countless positive experiences.

Hira Durvesh: Why become a GEMgirl?

Hira Durvesh was one of our amazing GEMgirls in 2015-16. Her mentors were Alison Simpson and Alexis Wolski. We interviewed her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about the GEM program?
-My favourite part of The GEM Program was being able to connect with professional women who came from a wide range of fields. It gave me an opportunity to explore both the marketing field and the accounting field. I also liked the GEMinars because they were informative and helped me develop skills that would benefit me in the future.

-What did you get out of your mentorship relationship?
-The relationship I built with my mentors allowed me to gain connections in the business world. They offered me help with editing essays and were willing to serve as references. I’m grateful for the open communication I experienced from my mentors and for all the recommendations they offered me.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-The GEM program offered a positive atmosphere where young women could connect with each other. GEM gave me knowledge through the GEMinars and the interactions with my mentors. I learned skills that I was unable to get from high school. You learn so much! GEM gave me the chance to have a first-hand look at some of the careers choices I was interested in. I was also one of the winners of GEM’s Scholarship because of my commitment to the program. I won a MAC laptop which is an item I would have had difficulty attaining by my own. GEM also provided me the opportunity to be an outreach intern, which gave me the opportunity to experience the GEM program from a different view.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m a grade 12 student at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. I habe been the Treasurer of the Student Council for three years. I’m also a part of her school’s Social Justice Committee and Equity Committee.

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in joining GEM program?
-APPLY! APPLY! APPLY! It’s such a worthwhile program to be a part of. GEM can open many doors for you and help you get connected to the right people that can help you now and in the future. All girls should take this opportunity! Opportunities like these don’t happen often so when they do, grab it!

We’re hiring GEMgirls: Bloggers + Outreach Interns

BLOGGER INTERN

Spring Placement (2 positions)
Job Category: Part-time, Contract
Contact Length: February 20th– May 20th

Job description
This is a contract position for a four-month internship with Girls E-Mentorship Innovation (GEM). The successful candidate will write monthly posts and articles for GEM website and social media channels. GEMgirls only.

 This is a fantastic learning opportunity for GEMgirl who is interested in developing writing skills. The selected candidate will support the Communications Manager in different aspects of the organization’s communications, and help maintain GEM’s branding on official website and social media properties.

Desired skills and requirements:

  • Great verbal and written communication skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Blogging, writing and editing skills are desired
  • Comfortable with multi-tasking and managing multiple projects
  • Strong interest in social media and branding
  • Must have access to a portable computer

If you’re interested, please send us your resume and cover letter to info@girlsmentorship.com no later that February 15th. Tell us about wy you want to work with The GEM Team. Good luck!

 


 

OUTREACH INTERN

Spring Placement (2 positions)
Job Category: Part-time, Contract
Contact Length: February 20th– May 20th

Job description
This is a contract position for a four-month internship with Girls E-Mentorship Innovation (GEM). The successful candidate will be a required to recruit 40-50 youth to complete their contract obligations. GEMgirls only.

GEM is a dynamic, ever-evolving organization that gives student interns the opportunity to work in various capacities. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with other charitable organizations around the city, under the guidance and support of our Program Manager, learn valuable delivery and presentation skills and be part of building the 2017-18 GEM program. She will also be a key player in our outreach and recruitment efforts, will help facilitate interviews and applications, and will have the opportunity to learn what is takes to run an innovative charity.

  • Requirements:
    Monthly in-person meetings at our office
    Weekly conference calls
    Must have access to a portable computer
  • Social Media Requirements:
    1 x Facebook Post per week
    1 x Instagram Post per week
    Link to our website/social media in every post
  • Material Distribution:
    GEMgirl Flyers – for community organizations
    GEMgirl Postcards – invites for specific girls who are interested in the program
  • Information Booth: Host at various schools around the city.

If you’re interested, please send us your resume and cover letter to info@girlsmentorship.com no later that February 15th. Tell us about wy you want to work with The GEM Team. Good luck!