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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.

GEM Applications Open

Our application season has begun for next year’s mentorship program. Each year we look for ambitious, high-achieving, young women that are interested in realizing their true potential so they can design and achieve their dream life!

Last year the GEM program attracted an unprecedented number of applications. We selected 30 of the best and brightest young women and invited them to join our GEM program.

This year we are looking for 30 new GEMgirls that are entering Grade 11 or 12 for the 2015/2016 school year. Our new GEMgirls will have an extraordinary club experience where they will benefit from:

We are so proud of the GEM class of 2014/2015 – many are going on to attend post-secondary programs next year. Here’s a peak at some of the programs they have been accepted to:

  • University of Waterloo, Software Engineering
  • University of Toronto, Neuroscience
  • Seneca College, Collaborative Nursing
  • University of Windsor, Digital Journalism
  • Carlton University, Bio-Medical/Electrical Engineering
  • Ryerson University, Social Work

Are you a potential GEMgirl? Do you know someone that would make a great GEMgirl?

Here’s what we’re looking for:

Girls who are entering grades 11 or 12, academically high-achieving, ambitious and driven, from a diverse background and live in one of these neighbourhoods: Crescent Town, Flemingdon, Ionview, Oakridge, Thorncliffe, and Victoria Village.

Realize your Potential. Be a GEM girl.

Please click here to apply today.

Deadline: June 30, 2015.

Scholarship: Math Foundation Skills with BSS

Partnering with the Bishop Strachan School (BSS), we are excited to offer two full scholarships to their Math Foundation Skills Summer Academy program this summer.

During the week of August 17-21 from 8:30-2:30pm, two lucky young women will attend BSS for an intensive algebra review that is designed to boost their math skills for the upcoming school year.

Topics that will be covered include: linear functions, quadratic functions, systems of equations, graphing and factoring.

What does it take to apply?

If you are a young women entering Grade 10 or 11 next September, simply fill out the application form and send your reference letter to info@girlsementorship.com by June 30, 2015 for a chance to be chosen for this exclusive opportunity.

GEM & Mathnasium Partner

Children don’t hate math.
They hate being confused and intimidated by math.
With understanding comes passion.
And with passion comes growth—a treasure is unlocked.

The Mathnasium method is used globally to teach math skills to students. Their goal is to significantly increase their students’ math skills, their understanding of math concepts, and their overall school performance, while building confidence and forging a positive attitude about the subject.

Kate Murray, owner of two Mathnaisum centres in Toronto, and GEM mentor recently partnered with GEM to offer three group study sessions. These study sessions will prepare our GEMgirls for their January exams. The sessions will take place on December 13, January 10, and January 17 at 2pm at the Don Mills Mathnasium location (189 The Donway West).

In addition to the group study sessions, Mathnasium will also be offering three scholarships for students to receive a customized learning plan and individualized math tutoring sessions. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply!

Kate is a passionate educator, who believes in the value of a good education. Having been a class room teacher, a Learning Strategist, and the Director of Teaching and Learning at an Independent school in Toronto, Kate knows how important a solid foundation in Math is. There are no quick fixes for math, which is why she believes in the Mathnasium Method. For more information on Mathnasium tutoring services, please call (416) 482-6284 or visit their website www.mathnasium.com.