Frequently Asked Questions- The Program

We believe that the preteen years are the key time frame for girls to develop confidence, build strong relationships, and identify their own strengths and talents. This age is especially difficult with the transition to middle school and the onset of puberty, so girls need all the support and resources they can get.

The program is meant to be a six-month cycle where each topic builds on the prior ones, so we do not allow for one-off enrollments. Girls also benefit from consistency in the group for relationship building and rapport. An exception may be made for late enrollments who miss only the first month of content- check with your GEMS Leader.

The enrollment fee is $97 per month for the six-month program. Scholarships and reduced fee spots are available based on financial need.

The enrollment fee covers the monthly GEMS Box, the GEMS Leader stipend, all materials and supplies, as well as administrative costs for the program. 

Contact the GEMS Leader at your school to sign up. Enrollment begins in September. If there are no GEMS Leaders at your school, please contact us via the website or email hello@gemsgirls.org for assistance.

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"We must reject not only the stereotypes that others hold of us, but also the stereotypes that we hold of ourselves. -Shirley Chisholm

Frequently Asked Questions- The Leaders

GEMS Leaders are responsible for marketing their clubs, scheduling and running the weekly meetings. All curriculum is provided along with marketing materials, supplies, and additional resources. GEMS is basically a “club-in-a-box” for our Leaders. However, GEMS Leaders serve as mentors and role models to the girls in their clubs and we do not take that responsibility lightly. Leaders need to be reliable, caring, and believe in the mission of GEMS.

Each GEMS Leader must commit to running a club for one school year- six months of meetings. Leaders are encouraged to sign up for subsequent years but it is not required.

Nope! GEMS Leaders can be any adults who are already involved in working with preteen girls- school social workers, Girl Scout troop leaders, sports coaches, or camp counselors are welcome to apply. A background check may be required for non-teachers to ensure the safety of our girls.

Check out the GEMS Leaders page for more information and to sign up for a brief introductory call with our team.