Upstate G.E.M.S. Girls Going the Extra Mile for Success is a perfect opportunity for young ladies to meet others and form a lifelong bond of sisterhood and create lasting memories. It is an organization that encourages young ladies to become positive change agents for themselves and others.
MISSION: Upstate GEMS provides preventive and empowerment programs for young ladies. WE strive to enhance their lives through programs, workshops and events that will result in the increase of confidence courage, smart choices, and self -awareness. GEMS will help develop leadership and instill values that lead to success in life.
PRIMARY AUDIENCE: Young ladies between the ages of 5-19 from any socio-economic, religious and ethnic background.
The following DIAMOND DISTINCTIVES are expectations of each participant:
There is a fundraiser (chosen by the director) associated with this curriculum. As each young lady accomplishes each goal she is eligible to receive a charm for each skill. They will each receive an initial charm for participating in the fundraising activity. As they earn a charm, girls are invited to share their accomplishments in each of the following skills:Goal Setting
At the end of the curriculum each young lady will have the opportunity to receive a CHARM bracelet for each charm that she received.
TWEENS/TEENS will also have the opportunity to learn more about budgeting and saving, college saving and credit cards.
Upstate GEMS participates annually in Community Outreach projects in the community. Landscaping at Upstate Circle of Friends, Back to School projects with Upstate Fatherhood, thanksgiving meal delivery with SAVE.org, and Helping Hands with United Way are some of the projects we have helped with over the past 2 years.
We will continue to partner with and support our local community but in 2018 we are also accepting the call to help our brothers and sisters abroad in Jamaica. We have the opportunity to provide school supplies to the students as well as go to Jamaica on a mission trip to help build bathrooms for the local schools. We are in the process of collecting school supplies to fill book bags that will be sent to the students and would like to provide some of our participants the opportunity to go to Jamaica for a week and help build the bathrooms. Two of the GEMS participants are citizens of Jamaica and have seen first-hand the effect of schools that do not have adequate running water and restrooms.