The GEM Program
GEM is an innovative mentorship program designed by girls for girls.
The GEM program is carefully curated and updated each year to align with the needs of high school girls as they prepare for the next phase of their lives.
Through one-on-one mentorship, experiential workshops, enrichment opportunities, scholarships and internships, GEM aims to provide a program in which high school girls are given the skills, tools and resources to succeed, long after they have left the program.
CONNECT. EMPOWER. INSPIRE.
Every year, GEM individually matches high school girls with mentors for a 9-month program running concurrently with the academic year. GEM mentors are carefully chosen for their professional success, their ability to connect and their commitment to improving the lives of GEM mentees. Participants are matched with mentors on the basis of their career aspirations, interests and personality. Mentors support GEMgirls as they navigate key issues in their lives, such as goal setting, time-management, confidence building, stress management, and knowledge sharing on interviews, university applications, and more.
GEM hosts several experiential workshops throughout the year. Topics were chosen by GEMgirls during GEM’s 2013 Design Thinking and Research Phase and programming was developed with consultants from MaRS. The workshops are designed to put new skills into practice and to meet GEM peers and other GEM mentors. These half-day sessions are hosted by professional women in their corporate offices and give participants an opportunity to learn about various industries and to better understand the job market.
Internships & scholarships
GEM mentees can apply for skill and resume building paid internship opportunities at GEM. GEM also offers annual scholarships to GEMgirls who have displayed exceptional initiative while participating in the GEM program.
In collaboration with community and corporate partners, GEM provides opportunities for mentees to enrich their personal and professional experiences. Our partners have organized panel discussions led by women leaders in their organizations, provided opportunities for GEMgirls to participate in special events and arranged knowledge sharing on topics relevant to their career aspirations, inspiring them to achieve their future goals.
GEM COMMUNITY BUILDING
Alumni Engagement: In 2017, GEM held it’s first alumni focus group to determine how the organization can continue to foster long-lasting network and relationship development. In response to this focus group, the GEM alumni network was created. Piloting this year, the network will connect cohort graduates from previous years, creating a community of inspirational and empowered young women.
Mentor Networking: GEM organizes mentor networking sessions, bringing together GEM mentors and like-minded women to create a strong, professional and engaged mentor community.
How to apply
Girls and professional women can apply below for the opportunity to become a GEM mentee and a GEM mentor.
The application process is as follows:
1. Application: The first round is the online application. You can find this by clicking on the buttons below.
2. Interview: Once applications are closed, applicants will be shortlisted for an in-person interview with GEM.
3. Acceptance: Applicants who are accepted after the interview will be considered for matching.
4. Matching: Mentees and mentors are matched based on career goals, personality characteristics, interests and residential location to ensure the best mentorship match possible. A limited number of mentees are accepted annually. Therefore, not all accepted mentors will be matched. Unmatched but accepted mentors will still have an opportunity to be part of the extended GEM community and network.
5. Police check and orientation: Mentors must complete a vulnerable sector police check before program start date. Mentees and mentors must attend an orientation day prior to program start date.