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We’re hiring: Graphic Designer (Part-Time)

GEM is looking for a part-time (10 hours per week) Junior Graphic Designer who creates aesthetically stunning work based on the organization’s strategic objectives and style.  This is a fantastic learning opportunity for an ambitious young designer/graphic design student who is interested in developing their skills and building their portfolio.  The selected candidate will help develop campaigns and visuals to accompany GEM’s web content across a variety of digital platforms.

Benefits:

  • Work in a start-up environment
  • Work with a creative and fun team
  • Attend weekly meetings with senior management
  • Receive training from our Creative Lead and Communications Director
  • Work for an organization that is passionate about helping female youth facing multiple barriers  in Toronto

Responsibilities:

  • Helping maintain GEM’s branding on official website and social media properties
  • Assist Creative Lead in the development, direction and strategic assessment of visuals accompanying GEM’s web media and marketing material
  • Help manage and direct your own personal weekly workload
  • Provide updates to Creative Lead and the GEM Team to ensure design projects are delivered on time at a level of design excellence.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Outstanding sense of design
  • Ability to develop creative concepts that align with GEM’s brand objectives
  • An eye for typography
  • Experience with InDesign and Photoshop
  • Good time management skills and the ability to balance multiple projects at once
  • Ability to work efficiently and creatively with a team
  • Experience with print media and photography skills are an asset
  • Strong interest in social media and branding
  • Must have access to a portable computer (i.e. MacBook)
  • Commitment of 2-3 days per week, plus availability for photo shoots on occasion.

Please send your resume and samples of your work to debora@girlsementorship.com

Run for GEM at the B&O Yorkville Run

GEM is participating for the first time in the Bang & Olufsen Yorkville Run!

What’s the B&O Yorkville Run? Well, it’s a super fun 5K race that unites local runners and businesses to raise funds for local charities. It is well-known for being one the coolest races in Toronto and because it offers THE BEST race kit ever! Plus some super high-quality products to refuel the runners at the finish line. This year, it will take place on September 10, 2017.

We know you believe in the life-changing power of mentorship, and we wanted to ask your help to succeed in this adventure!

There are three ways you can actively help us:

1. REGISTER in the B&O Yorkville Run 2017 in support of GEM. When filling out the online registration form choose Girls E-Mentorship. Once you are registered as a GEM runner, you can start fundraising for GEM by asking people to sponsor you! All the sponsorship funds will go to GEM. Hurry up! There are only 500 spots left! Click here to register.

2. SPONSOR one of our runners! If you’re not much of a runner, you can donate to GEM by sponsoring one of the GEM runners. Check out our running team by clicking here.

3. SPREAD THE WORD! Share this email with your family, friends, and peers and encourage them to run in support of GEM or to sponsor GEM runners. Every single $ makes a huge difference!

About the B&O Yorkville Run
Since its inception in 2010, participants in the B&O Yorkville Run have raised more than $800,000 in support of local charities. The 8th Annual B&O Yorkville Run will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2017, at 9:45 AM. 

The registration fee for the race is $100. During registration, you also have the chance to make a personal donation to GEM.

The race kit includes a New Balance Men’s T-shirt or Women’s Tank, a $100 Gift Card for New Balance apparel, download for professional race photos, personalized bib, timing chip, along with some surprises.

Runners registered to raise money for GEM will have a personal fundraising page. Make sure to share it with your family, friends, and peers to start getting donations for GEM! Once you get your first donation, your name will show up on GEM’s page.

Fundraisers who raise over $500 will receive their choice of luxurious fundraising prizes from Bang & Olufsen, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and other Yorkville boutiques.

For more information check out the B&O Yorkville Run website.

Regards,
The GEM Team

Fatima Waheed: Why become a GEMgirl?

Fatima Waheed was one of the amazing GEMgirls in 2015-16. Her mentor was Natalie Ceccato. We interviewed her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about the GEM program?
-My favorite part about the GEM program was being part of the Influencers of Tomorrow Summit. I found the event very engaging and knowledgeable. I enjoyed being surrounded by strong independent women who were trying to help Toronto become more inclusive. Attending the summit affirmed the idea that girls can make a difference and that we can change tomorrow.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-GEM is my greatest achievement. The GEM program equipped me with skills for my future and gave me something to be proud of. Not only did they help me to be more confidence, but also opened many doors for me. I had the opportunity to apply and win one of the GEM scholarships because of the skills I received from the GEMinars. GEM made me believe that change is possible and that we need to help empower all.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m currently a first- year student at the University of Toronto Scarborough. I’m studying Psychology and Health Science. Also, I’m the Finance Director of the school’s Muslim Student Association.

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in joining GEM program?
-It’s a life changing experience where you will develop skills that will benefit your future. GEM will open so many doors for you. You will also make great connections that will always be there for you. GEM is a great support system that will help keep you on task and make sure you are taking the right steps to have a successful future.

Scholarship applications are open!

On May 13th, at our final GEMinar, we will be celebrating the end of the 2016-17 GEM program by awarding four scholarships.  All GEMgirls  are invited to submit their applications.

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

  • GEM Scholarship ($1000)
  • GEM Scholarship ($1000)
  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 10 (Math/Canadian History/Science)
  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 11 (Math Functions/Chemistry/Physics/Biology)

 

ELEGIBILITY
1. All GEMgirls from our 2016-17 cohort are eligible to apply for the GEM Scholarships.

2. The Bishop Strachan School (BSS) is a private girls school in Toronto that is offering two GEMgirls (one going into Grade 10 and one going into Grade 11) the chance to earn a credit at their school. BSS will provide textbook and lunch.

  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 10: Looking for a Grade 9 Student going into Grade 10 for the following courses: Math MCR 3U, Canadian History CHC 2D, Science SNC 2D.
  • The Bishop Strachan School, Summer Academy Grade 11: Looking for a Grade 10 Student going into Grade 11 for the following courses: Math (Functions) MCR 3U, Biology SBI 3U, Chemistry SCH 3U, Physics SPH 3U.

For more information about the BSS Scholarships click here.

 

APPLY TODAY!
Scholarship applications are now open and are due May 1st, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

Please take your time to fill out your application. Each application will be reviewed and scored by a Scholarship Committee. Feedback from your mentor, GEMinar attendance, and GEM community participation will be considered along with your application.

Please contact us at cass@girlsementorship.com  if you have any questions.
Good luck!

 

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Sadia Khan: Why become a GEMgirl?

Sadia Khan was one of the amazing GEMgirls in 2015-16. Her mentor was Tara Breckenridge. We interviewed her about her experience in The GEM Program.

 -What did you love about the GEM program?
-I loved the GEMinars. It was very insightful to hear about the different possibilities I had for my future.

-What did you get out of your mentorship relationship?
-I learned a lot from my mentor, especially about professionalism and the pharmaceutical business. I also learned about time management and the importance of working hard. Something that really stuck with me was learning that women are capable of so much. If you don’t give up and try hard, you will succeed.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-GEM was a big part of my grade 11 life. Attending the GEMinars and meeting with successful women really inspired and opened up my eyes to all the things I can do as a young woman. GEM made the idea of being successful more attainable even though the process may be hard. GEM made the impossible seem possible. It also helped me to be more confident. I thank GEM for inspiring younger women and making the world a better place.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m a grade 12 student at Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute. I’m on the prom committee, the external affairs committee and I’m also part of the school’s Business Social Action (BSAP) program.

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in joining GEM program?
-DO IT! Apply as fast as you can!  GEM will not only teach you different skills you can use in your everyday life but they will also explain the importance of these skills and how they will benefit you in your future. The GEM staff and participants are friendly. You can be your genuine self at GEM. GEM opens doors for young women who may not have access to these opportunities and it’s important to take part in that.