Girls Empowerment Movement (GEMS) Initiative
The GEM Program was founded in 2018 to help empower and instill the importance of advocacy in young girls in the South Bronx. The ladies collaborate with other G.E.M.s within District 7 and community leaders to try and improve the quality of life within their communities, while learning to build their communication and public speaking skills.
Mission and Vision
MISSION: The mission of the GEM Program is to provide a sisterhood grounded on legacy, optimism, vigorous thinking and empathy in order to foster the development of strong leaders who will strengthen and unite society.
VISION: GEMs promote unity, set high learning standards, and are the voice of reason and logic in our community.
The GEM Pledge
I pledge to be honest, kind, and loving.
I pledge to persevere on days when I feel like giving up.
I pledge to respect my body and protect my mind.
I pledge to think before I act, to think before I speak, and to think about ways to improve the world around me.
I pledge to support my sisters, to guide my sisters, and to respectfully speak the truth to my sisters.
I pledge to live and breathe the Affirmation of Strength.
My pledge is my guide; my pledge is my truth!
I am a girl, which means I have grit.
I am intelligent, real, and full of life.
I have dreams that drive my purpose and fuel my path.
I am exceptionally strong, dedicated, and ever so amazing.
I am a leader, a game changer, a thinker.
I am my sister’s keeper, I am valuable to my community and know I can make it better.
I am beautiful inside and out.
I am perfectly designed to lead with pride and purpose.
I am a GEM!
PS 1 GEMS
PS 1: Chapter Description
PS/MS 5 GEMS
PS/MS 5: Chapter Description
PS 18 GEMS
PS 18: Chapter Description
PS 25 GEMS
PS 25: Chapter Description
PS/MS 29 GEMS
PS/MS 29: Chapter Description
PS 30 GEMS
PS 30: Chapter Description
PS/MS 31 GEMS
PS/MS 31: Chapter Description
PS 43 GEMS
PS 43: Chapter Description
PS 49 GEMS
PS 49: Chapter Description
PS 49X GEMS is comprised of eight delightful girls eager to make an impact on today’s society. Each girl is very enthusiastic about helping the community, supporting the schools visions (Educating the Whole by Developing Each Part) working with others and making a difference every day. PS 49 prides itself on striving for excellence every day, by providing rigorous standard based instruction so all our scholars will be college and career ready. The GEMS is under the leadership of Taryn Thomas an educator for over 15 years who believes Girls can do anything but FAIL!
PS 65 GEMS
PS 65: Chapter Description
MS 151 GEMS
MS 151: Chapter Description
PS 154 GEMS
PS 154: Chapter Description
PS 157 GEMS
PS 157: Chapter Description
Grove Hill Community School is located in the South Bronx. It's main goal is to not only empower the students in attendance but the community as a whole. The school is multicultural beehive focusing on the nectar of education. Our GEM focus is to build and develop the inner strength that all girls possess. As GEMs, girls learn not only the importance of self but how truly empowering the role of individual responsibility is to their development. Through strengthening a GEM -- we all shine brighter! Ms. Davis is actively involved in Grove Hill Community not only as a teacher and GEM facilitator but as a community member. Ms. Davis goes beyond simple outreach to students but to parents as well, fostering educational strength and cooperative tools for the most rewarding outcomes.
PS 161 GEMS
PS 161: Chapter Description
PS 179 GEMS
PS 179: Chapter Description
Our GEMs all proudly hail from the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx. While some of our G.E.M.s are more outspoken than others, they all share a passion to improve and impact their school and community at large. In addition, as 5th graders or “burgundies” as they are called, there is a greater sense of responsibility, as they are expected to be role models to all students in grades 3K – 4th. Our G.E.M.s also serve as ambassadors to our school throughout the year and for various functions. This year on top of volunteering, their overarching goal is to create a safer and cleaner community.
MS/HS 223 GEMS
MH/HS 223: Chapter Description
MS 224 GEMS
MS 224: Chapter Description
PS 277 GEMS
PS 277: Chapter Description
GEM’s: Stacey, Faneslyn, Hajabanna, Salma, Izeyanna and Luisa
Facilitators: Ms. Peoples and Ms. Van Tull
Camera Shy: Faneslyn
At P.S. 277x, our GEM’s are on a mission to greatness. They are ambitious and intelligent rising leaders with goals to positively impact their school, community and surrounding neighborhoods. As a chapter, our focus is on providing a safe environment for each of our GEM’s to freely express themselves without fear of judgment. With newly developed skills, our GEM’s are gaining a never seen before confidence and are excited to share and serve others in their community.
MS 296 GEMS
MS 296: Chapter Description
Photo description from Right to Left Back Upper Level: Maimouna Sissoko, Kadidia Sissoko, Hermary Lugo, Kaitlyn Pellot, Chyla Rivera, Zhaebreon Young, Desirae Douglas, Wendy Flores, and Jade Dingle.
Front Lower level: Ms. Brown
Not Photographed: Desiraye Parker and Melanie Luciano
M.S. 296 South Bronx Academy for Applied Media GEM chapter is in its second year of operation. The members of SBAAM GEM are Motivated, Enthusiastic, Dedicated, Intelligent, Achievers striving to make a difference in the world through service and knowledge. The focus of GEMs is self, sisterhood and society. Each member of GEM is empowered to recognize her value, strength and purpose, to celebrate the beauty and significance of other Gems through sisterhood, and to enact positive changes in society. We truly believe that “together, we are stronger!”
MS 298 GEMS
MS 298: Chapter Description
Members: Abibatou Niang; Carina Nunez; Dylene Ventura; Elonie Ortiz; Jalece Jones;
Jessica Cruz; Kamila Taveras; Leana Pantoja; Maylee Ventura; Midahlia Ormond; Tida Ceesay; Yaslin Valerio
Facilitator: Ms. McMillian
At the Academy of Public Relations, our students are encouraged to aspire to embrace their most ambitious goals and dreams. Our GEM chapter consists of twelve phenomenal young ladies who use their voice to empower themselves, their peers, and their community. Each member of the GEM program is encouraged to be great scholars, role models, and responsible citizens. Our girls are taught to be leaders in all areas of their life. This means our GEMs are Loquacious, Educated, Ambitious, Dedicated, Encouraging, and Responsible. We truly believe girls and women have the power to change the world.
MS 343 GEMS
MS 343: Chapter Description
PS 369 GEMS
PS 369: Chapter Description
Facilitator: Ms. Nuñez
Members: Danasia, Lauren, Jacqueline, Juleidy
Our chapter is focused on developing the leadership skills of our GEMs. Our GEMs are intelligent, outspoken and respectful. They look forward to working with members of other chapters to make changes in our community. PS 369 focuses on creating leaders of their own learning. We support our students in being accountable, being advocates for themselves, others and their community, and being respectful, responsible and safe. Ms. Nuñez has been a GEMs facilitator since the 2018-2019 school year. She has been the school counselor at PS 369 for the last 8 years. She is dedicated to serving the community and helping the GEMs become great leaders and role models.
IS 584 GEMS
IS 584: Chapter Description