Our Programs

Our Model

“We champion on time graduation through peer mentoring and service-learning initiatives, with a social justice approach.”

The Gem Project program can be offered as an elective or after-school program. Right now, we are only accepting inquiries for our after-school option and summer programming.

You can contact: project@thegemproject,org for more information.

Summer Programming

In partnership with select community-based organizations, The Gem Project, employs and supports youth between ages 14-24 on a service-learning initiative, which explores a community issue wrought with injustice.

They will:

  • Develop a social change orientation: call-to-action
  • Examine systemic issues and policies that directly impact said issues
  • Strengthen youth voice and responsibility, while working alongside and not for program staff, fellows, and other stakeholders.

School Year Programming

Similarly to our summer programs, our school year programming strives to meet and/or understand the needs of the community with which they’ll plan to serve. Participants will develop a service-learning initiative within 18 consecutive weeks of the school year. The next 18 weeks afterward for a total of 36 weeks, will be dedicated to cultivating life skills that are focused on financial literacy, time-management, early college awareness, post-secondary higher education or trade preparatory programs, and career exploration readiness programs.

Past Programming

Please review (here), for past programs and descriptions. As of 2018, The Gem Project has consolidated its programs and is focusing primarily on our fellowship model: service-learning (emphasis on critical consciousness ; social justice framework), career readiness, life-skills and post secondary school preparation as outlined above.

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