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. 

 


The GEM Program
  • MENTORSHIP

    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.

  • GEMINARS

    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 AND 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.

  • ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    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.

NOTE FOR MENTORS: Applying and interviewing with GEM does not guarantee you a spot in the upcoming cohort. Girls E-Mentorship has a comprehensive matching and screening process. Although you may be accepted into the program,  you are not guaranteed to be matched with a mentee. Mentor and mentee matching is based on current cohort capacity and mentee matching criteria, including mentee career aspirations, needs, hobbies, interests and residential location. 
 

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. NOTE: Mentee applications close March 30, 2020. Mentor applications close February 28, 2020

2. Interview: Once applications are closed, applicants will be shortlisted for an in-person interview with GEM. Mentor interviews begin in May. Mentee interviews begin in June. 

3. Acceptance and matching: For each programming year, GEM has a limited number of spots available for mentees. To ensure the best mentorship match possible, matches are based on mentee career goals, personality characteristics, interests and residential location. NOTE FOR MENTORS: due to limited program capacity, we select mentors based off best fit for the GEMgirls who are accepted to the program. You may be accepted but not matched. Unmatched but accepted mentors do not need to apply and interview again for future GEM cohorts and will still have an opportunity to engage with the GEM community and network. Acceptance and Matching takes place in July.

4. Orientation: Once accepted and matched, mentees and mentors must attend a orientation day prior to program start date. Orientation is held at the end of August. 

5. Meet your match: If you are accepted and matched, you will meet your mentor/mentee match during the first GEMinar. The first GEMinar will take place in September. 

MENTOR PROFILE

  • Has at least 5 years of industry experience
  • Is able to commit to a 9-month mentorship relationship. This includes weekly online touch-points as well as monthly in-person meetings
  • Is able to attend ‘GEMinar’ workshops (half-day skill-building workshops, which take place on a Saturday. Mentors to attend up to 5 GEMinar events per cohort year)
  • Is living in GTA for the duration of the program
  • Is able to submit a cleared vulnerable sector police check before the program start date.

MENTEE PROFILE

  • Is living and attending high school in the GTA for the duration of the program
  • Is able to commit to a 9-month mentorship relationship. This includes weekly online touch-points as well as monthly in-person meetings
  • Is able to attend all 5 of our mandatory ‘GEMinar’ workshops
  • Receives permission from parent/guardian to join the GEM program
  • Is facing barriers that limit them from reaching their full potential
APPLY TO BE A MENTEE
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