Research shows, girls who grow up facing multiple barriers are more likely to experience disadvantages later in life. Most GEM mentees and their families live in priority neighbourhoods and face multiple layers of discrimination.
We work with girls who exhibit leadership qualities but because of their circumstances have faced undue hardship. The girls that we select for our program may face the following obstacles which may impede their professional success:
- gender inequality
- financial insecurity
- lack of support from parents or guardians
- newcomers to Canada
- living with chronic stress which makes them more susceptible to anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, substance abuse, and memory loss
- limited access to specialized programs that would broaden their academic opportunities after high school
By providing these girls with the guidance and resources they need, GEM empowers girls to own their futures long after high school graduation.