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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 interview 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!

Selina McCallum: Why become a GEMgirl?

Selina McCallum was one of our amazing GEMgirls in 2014-15. Her mentors were Amoryn Engel and Sharlyn Carrington. We interview her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about The GEM Program?
-My favourite part of the GEM program were the GEMinars. I liked that each one had something different to offer and had a variety of guest speakers. They were informative and very helpful. I learned skills that I still use in my everyday life.

-What did you get out of your mentorship relationship?
-The relationship with my mentors boosted my confidence and helped me become more open with people. They offered me their guidance and we built a strong relationship. My mentors were Amoryn Engel and Sharlyn Carrington. They shared their career experiences with me, which helped me decide what career path I wanted to take. They also helped me to come up with pros and cons list to determine what school to go to. I found support and a friendship that continued after the program ended.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-GEM has opened a lot of doors for me. The program gave me a chance to explore different career paths. It helped me develop confidence and be a stronger person. GEM also gave me a paid internship doing something I loved. I’m very grateful for all the opportunities that GEM has presented to me.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m a second- year student at the University of Windsor. I’m doing a double major in Digital Journalism and Communication, and Media and Film. I’m also celebrating the one-year anniversary of my photography website: Shot by Selina (@shotbyselina).

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in GEM?
-You won’t have any regrets! GEM will offer you many opportunities and equip you with a wide range of skills for your future. It will also give you the chance to be around like-minded individuals, make new friends and get prepared for college and university.

Congrats GEMerald Award Winners!

This year GEM started a scholarship fund called the GEMerald Awards. The intention is that every year the GEM community of mentors, supporters and donors will contribute to a fund that will benefit GEMgirls pursuing further education. This year we had a fantastic group of GEMgirls win 5 awards. Each GEMgirl was encouraged to apply and to highlight her contribution to GEM as well as address how the GEM program had positively impacted their life. Girls were chosen through an evaluation process lead by GEM Mentors that emphasized the written application and the strength of their reference.

The winners of the first ever GEMerald Scholarships were:

Zarah Ahmad – GEMerald Scholarship Winner, Apple MacBook

Hira Durvesh – GEMerald Scholarship Winner, Apple MacBook

Fatima Waheed – GEMerald Scholarship Winner, $1000

Aliza Fatima – GEMerald Scholarship Winner, $750

Hajar Seiyad – GEMerald Scholarship Winner, $500

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BSS Summer Academy Math Scholarship

The Bishop Strachan School and Girls E-Mentorship have a Summer Academy Math Scholarship available for young women entering Grades 9 and 10 next year. Last year, Isha received this scholarship. After her summer course, she was offered the chance to apply for a scholarship for Grade 9 at The Bishop Strachan School. The following is an interview with Isha about her experience and why she says she’s always on the lookout for new opportunities.

What made you decide to apply for the Summer Academy Math Foundation Scholarship?

Getting this scholarship was really important for me because I want to be a good role model for my younger siblings and I want to show them how it’s not impossible to do great things in life. Before this summer course I never thought it would be possible for me to ever do something this great in my life. I thought my life would be like my elder sisters, but I always wanted to do something different. I wanted to show myself that it’s possible to change the way life is going, that there are lots of different paths you can choose from. I really like the feeling of not knowing my future, now that I’m on a different path than my sisters. I think this helps you take more risks in life. My parents always said that I wasn’t ever afraid to try new things. They always tell me how nothing will ever stay the same and you can’t ever depend on anyone, that you need to write your own story, a story different than everyone else’s.

What was the Math Foundation course like? What did you learn?

It was like a regular course, but with less people. It was clear what was expected of you and what you need to do in order to be successful in this course. The course was really focused on math, and you had to keep up with the class, otherwise it was really hard to catch up later. The lessons were always well planned and there were always moments when you were allowed to do what you wanted. I thought it was a great course and I got to meet lots of new people. I’m really glad that I was able to get ahead by doing my grade 9 math course before I started high-school.

Why would you recommend the Math Foundation course to other girls?

I had a great time and I wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on this. It’s a one time opportunity. This course opened up lots of new doors for me and made me think about life in a different way. I love math and in my old school I couldn’t ever go ahead and learn new things, but this course made you explore and try new things. My teacher in this course encouraged me to explore grade 10 math.

What other opportunities did the Math Foundation course open up for you?

This course changed my life, and made it possible for me to get enrolled in a school like a BSS after the course was done. After taking this course I’m in grade 10 math, while I’m still in grade 9. Also, it showed me the real world and how there are so many great opportunities in life and you just have to look for them. You can’t ever stay home and just expect a great opportunity coming knocking at your door, you have to go out and look for them. Through this course I met great people, like Ms.Powell, Ms.Dias, Rochelle, Ms.Ranson and my math teacher Mr.Underhill. They guided me through the hardest moments, and were always there for me.