Get to know GEMS, one of MY SISTER’s nonprofit partners!
Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of girls and young women by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.
Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) was founded in 1998 by Rachel Lloyd in response to an overwhelming need for services for girls and young women at risk for commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking who were being ignored by traditional social service agencies.
GEMS’ programming is gender responsive, trauma informed, developmentally grounded, strengths based, social justice oriented, and culturally competent. GEMS’ founding principles reside in survivor leadership and transformational relationships. GEMS’ services are based on the needs and interests of survivors and the agency’s programming is developed based on survivors’ ideas, input, and expertise. GEMS provides young women with empathetic, consistent support and viable opportunities for positive change.
WHY WE ARE PARTNERING WITH GEMS
Our focus is on survivor employment, because we know that jobs are the key to supporting survivors as they take back their lives. We’re partnering with GEMS to help fund their thriving survivor employment program. They have many survivors in leadership positions at their nonprofit, and the funds donated by MY SISTER will help support and grow these opportunities. We will also be working with them to provide training for our staff as we grow our internal survivor employment programs.
Learn more about our other nonprofit partner, The Link MN, here.