Imagine a world where every young girl, regardless of her circumstances, has the opportunity to unleash her true potential, where dreams become realities, and hope flourishes. This is the vision that Girls Empowered Mentally for Success, Inc. (GEMS) has tirelessly pursued for the past 20 years, and we invite you to join us on this transformative journey. As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, we reflect on the countless lives we have touched and the dreams we have turned into tangible achievements.
Our annual fundraising event will be an inspiring testament to the resilience and determination that has defined our journey since 2003. We invite you to be a part of this extraordinary moment, where the past merges seamlessly with the future, igniting a flame of hope that will resonate for generations to come. GEMS is poised to embark on an exciting new chapter as we establish our forever home in East Tampa, as part of the largest collaboration between nonprofit leaders in history.
The Skills Collaborative, as we fondly call it, will be a beacon of light, offering 55,000 square feet of youth programming space. Within these walls, we will create a realm of equity in education, health, and workforce readiness for the minority and economically disadvantaged youth of Hillsborough County, along with their families. For far too long, these young individuals have faced the harsh reality of limited resources, hindering their access to vital social, career, educational, and health support. Together, we can break this cycle of inequality and pave a new path towards a brighter future. Generous contributions from local funders, businesses, county and city authorities, as well as federal agencies, have already laid the foundation for change. Now, we invite you to play a pivotal role in ensuring that the youth of East Tampa have the opportunities they deserve - on-time
graduation, work readiness, college advancement, and even military acceptance.
HOW WE SUPPORT OUR GIRLS
Transitions Candles is the social enterprise of Girls Empowered Mentally for Success, Inc. it provides another means to create healthy transitions for at-risk girls. We are committed to the total well-being of the “GEMS Girl”.
Delight in Falling, a cozy candle that envelops your senses with the warm and sweet tranquility of marshmallows, pumpkin, and clove, creating an inviting and comforting ambiance.
A non-profit helping At-Risk girls ages 10 to 17 in the development of social competencies which ensures a healthy emotional and mental transition to womanhood.
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“We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back. We call upon our sisters around the world to be brave – to embrace the strength within themselves and realize their full potential."
- Malala Yousafzai
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