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GEM’s services include a variety of activities which provide opportunity for personal growth, pro-social
engagement, and relationship building; as well as positive connections to staff, peers, partners and
women of significance in the community.
The following are the different activities in which GEM’s youth participate:
Weekly group occurring on Tuesday evenings from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Group includes a combination of Savvy Sister Curriculum with related activities and speakers. Girls are required to attend either 6 or 12 weeks of group.
Community engagement opportunities for the youth. These activities may include volunteering, conferences, or forums.
Guest speakers share with the girls their life history and struggles and how they became successful today. These speakers will be women in the community whom have been defined as excellent in their work, volunteer commitments, and personal life. These women can speak about issues they may have faced growing up to include; trauma or abuse, divorce of parents, bullying, academic struggles, etc that they can discuss how they overcame and became successful despite struggles that may have occurred during their life.
Opportunities for girls to participate in fun activities with staff support and guidance. These activities may include arts and crafts, game night, field trips, physical fitness, and documenteries.
GEM’s has received tremendous support from the community and external agencies. This support has made it possible for GEM’s to continue to expand its services and activities. A number of dedicated individuals and staff who have generously given their time, donations and expertise to team with GEM’s have made it possible to provide the girls and their families a variety of services as well as positive and healthy activities. We continue to accept support, volunteers and general ideas and suggestions to continuously grow and improve the future for GEM’s and our community.
What follows are highlights for some of the GEM’s activities this year.
1st Annual GEM's Event! This event was a health and well-being conference for women of all
ages. We had
vendors with tables set up specific to women’s health, and speakers to talk about healthy relationships,
women's health and preventative care, and street smarts. We also had "action" sessions to include yoga,
and a visionary art project called "Dream Boards."
The Girl Matters ® Training focuses on creating a gender responsive culture by aligning gender responsive
theories with the life experiences of girls. The fundamentals of a gender responsive culture will be
explored in the context of what matters to girls. The focus areas are based on findings in current
research, gender responsive theory and practical experience with girls and young women. These building
blocks are not meant to be all inclusive; instead, they are designed to introduce staff to the
fundamentals of a gender responsive environment.
Girls on the Run ® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive
curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our core
curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social
well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky
Weekly group occurring on Tuesday evenings from 4:00pm - 6:00pm. Group includes a combination of Savvy
Sister Curriculum with related activities and speakers. Girls are required to attend either 6 or 12
weeks of group.
GEM’S staff accompanied six girls to the MSU Women’s Leadership Conference. Suit Yourself Boutique
provided the girls with two outfits and accessories to wear for the event and keep.
The Go Girl Run was specifically designed to celebrate women, health and fitness, and ultimately support
several women centered charities in the area. The Go Girl Run is here to make a BIG difference and
improve the lives of women.
The video explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media's limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5pM1fW6hNs
Jamie Raab accepted the role of Girl's Empowering Minds & Spirits (GEM'S) Coordinator/Probation Officer.
After completion of an internship in Juvenile Detention from Missouri State, Jamie began her employment with the Greene County Juvenile Office in June 2010 at the Greene County Youth Academy as a part-time youth specialist. In December 2010, Jamie became a full-time youth specialist at the Evening Reporting Center. In May 2011, she became a Probation Officer.
Beyond the duties and responsibilities of her probation officer job description, Jamie has been actively engaged and participated as the Webber's Committee Facilitator and most notably took the leadership initiative working with an internal and external team initiated, developed, and implemented Responding Appropriately to Drug Abuse Referrals (RADAR). The RADAR Team was recognized in October 2013 by the awarding of the Program Excellence Award by the Missouri Association of Counties at their Statewide Annual Meeting.
Jamie has expressed that she is ready to begin work with the GEM'S Team to develop a plan and strategy for GEM'S.