Our Impact

The core program was developed with educators, social workers and policy experts in conjunction with high-school girls using a collaborative design-thinking methodology. Based on a model of continuous improvement, the program utilizes frequent assessment and evaluation to ensure its ongoing effectiveness and relevance. 

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

  • newcomers to Canada

  • living with high stress levels

  • limited access to specialized programs that would broaden their academic opportunities after high school


GEM measures our program impact through the completion of pre-program and post-program surveys. Results from the 2018-19 cohort indicated that:

  • 94% of respondents left the program feeling prepared for the next chapter in their life

  • 84% of respondents left the program knowing how to stay motivated even when having difficulty reaching their goals

  • 96% of respondents left the program having a clear idea of what their personal strengths were

  • 90% of respondents left the program feeling confident during an interview


Our Growth
The need for this program is evident. For the 2019-2020 cohort year, we received 250 mentee applications. 

This year, GEM was able to increase mentee acceptance by 30%, accepting 78 girls into the program. GEM has developed a growth strategy to assist with our plans to expand the GEM program. By 2021, we hope to increase our impact by accepting 100 girls into the program annually, doubling the number of mentees from our 2017-2018 cohort.


Audited Financials
2016 Audited Financials
2017 Audited Financials
2018 Audited Financials

As a 2019 top 100 rated charity by Charity Intelligence, GEM’s work has been peer reviewed and published in the Children and Youth Services Review and featured in The Chronicle of Evidence Based Mentoring.  


We Need Your Support
Most GEM mentees and their families are new to the country, live in Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) and are racialized. These barriers limit their access to opportunities that can help break the cycle of poverty, and that would allow them to broaden their academic and professional horizons beyond high school.

You can help us make a difference in their lives. Your donation will support GEM programming as well as scholarships, youth employment, a social impact study and an all-girls summit.

We practice the highest standards of board governance, financial accountability, transparency, fundraising, staff management and volunteer involvement. We are fully accountable to our donors, which is why we keep administrative costs low, ensuring that your donations result in a maximum impact.

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