GEM – GIRLS EMPOWERED THROUGH MENTORING A Mentoring Program for Young Women
Mission: To empower young women of the Flathead Valley by providing opportunities that develop confidence and promote personal and social responsibility.
Goal: Participating young women will envision and create a bright future for themselves that includes completion of their education and a meaningful self-supporting career.
*Mentoring invokes the Giving and Receiving of Wisdom*
The GEM Program provides encouragement and support to young women seeking to develop personal and social responsibility. Dependable, mature women from the community are matched with young women in their transitional ninth grade year. Together, the mentor and mentee explore options and learn how to make positive Life choices that develop personal success both academically and socially.
The GEM program highlights include:
- Shared Experience – Create personalized activities with a mentee who has chosen to be in the program.
- Small Group Workshops – Explore and strengthen Life skills through goal setting, problem solving, conflict resolution and team work.
- Community Service – Take responsibility for the well being of the community through direct service.
- Field Trips – Discover recreation, culture and career possibilities through exposure to local resources.
Who can be a mentor?
- Adult females, 21 years of age or older.
- Dedicated to fostering resiliency in youth.
- Valid drivers license and liability insurance.
- No record of criminal offense.
- Spend 4 hours each month with their protégé.
- Attend monthly, two hour workshops.
- Attend 3 Saturday excursions within the year.
- Attend Mentor training.
- Maintain contact with protégé a minimum of nine months.
Ways to be involved:
- Become a mentor.
- Assist in fundraisers.
- Contribute supplies for activities.
- Share a strength by facilitating a workshop for mentees
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, supporting GEM or if you have any questions about local mentoring programs, emailour GEM Coordinator or call 406-756-1414.