2020 Constantine-Yorkville Virtual Run
2020 Constantine-Yorkville
Virtual Run
September 19th, 2020 (or 26th if raining)

The Impact of COVID-19 on GEMGirls

Written By
January 16, 2023

GEM recently checked in with our mentees to determine how the pandemic has had an impact on their daily lives, and their concerns for the future.  

Our goal was to understand the health and wellness of GEM mentees both now and in the future, and how they think GEM can best adapt to this new and ever-changing environment.  

Based on their feedback, many mentees are facing anxiety, stress and loneliness. Mentees are struggling to adapt to this new normal and are particularly affected by:  

  • The cancellation of school  
  • Lack of motivation
  • Loss of a social network

Almost all mentees are worried about how the pandemic is impacting their high school education. They are concerned with the disruption of their school year, its potential to negatively impact their grades, and the implications this may have on their future goals.  

Concerns for the future

“I am concerned about my schooling, my grades and my ability to finance my post-secondary education. Not being able to go to work puts a further strain on my financial resources for university.”

The GEM mentees are extremely driven, motivated young women who are committed to seeking opportunities that will help them succeed. The COVID-19 pandemic has halted their future plans, resulting in immense stress and uncertainty.  

Over 60% of mentees indicated a concern for how this will impact their grades and future educational career. Mentees indicated additional concerns including:  

  • Missing milestone events (prom, graduation, etc.)
  • The uncertainty about university acceptance and scholarships  
  • Loss of summer jobs or lack of future professional opportunities

Many mentees are worried about finding future employment, and the difficulties they may face financing their university career.  

Overcoming adversity

Despite these challenges, the mentees have demonstrated resounding candour, strength and optimism that will help see them through this crisis.  

Each month, the GEM curriculum includes a 21st century skill and May is focused on developing grit and perseverance. In addition to increased communication and providing extra resources, GEM will continue to support mentees on persevering through this trying time.  

Read more about the measures GEM has taken to ensure our mentorship program will continue in the best way forward.

Support #TeamGEM at this year’s Yorkville Virtual Run!

This year, the Yorkville Run will be held virtually from September 13th to September 27th, 2020. Below are the different ways you can participate and support us this year.

1) REGISTER TO Run or Walk with #TEAMGEM

Together, from the safety and comfort of our own neighbourhoods (or anywhere you choose, as long as it abides social distancing rules) we will be RUNNING or WALKING for #TeamGEM on September 19th, 2020 (or on September 26th if it’s raining).

Click here to register

All registered participants will receive a Premium Race Kit and customized Starter's Medal.

To prove your participation, you must do one of the following:

  • Record your run by using our custom Starter's Medal and/or a GPS App such as STRAVA, ASICS RUN KEEPER, or NIKE PLUS and submit your time and a photo of your time to your Race Roster profile.
  • Post a selfie/run photo or video taken during or after your run on Facebook or Instagram and follow @YorkvilleRun and tag ​#TeamGEM, #YorkvilleRun, and #Constantine5K. There are several partner prizes to be won!

We have a roster of GEMgirls who would like to run for #TeamGEM. Donate now to help them register!

3) Donate to a #teamGEM runner

If you can't make it, you can also support a #TEAMGEM runner.

Dates to Remember
Tuesday, September 8th
to Saturday, September 12th, 2020
Race Kit Pick-up. Participants will be notified via email where in Yorkville you can pick up your race kit.
Sunday, September 13th, 2020
at 9:00 AM
Virtual Event Kick-Off. Join the Constantine Yorkville Run’s Virtual Event Kick-Off by tuning into Facebook & Instagram Live.
Saturday, September 19th, 2020
Run or walk anytime, anywhere for #TeamGEM!
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
#TeamGEM's back up day should weather prevent the run on the 19th.
Saturday, September 26th, 2020
at 5:00 PM
Winners of the Constantine-Yorkville Run’s fundraising prizes will be determined.
Sunday, September 27th, 2020
at 9:00 AM
Join the Constantine-Yorkville Run’s Virtual Event Closing Ceremony by tuning into Facebook & Instagram Live. Hear from our partners and share in the run's exciting fundraising achievement! Fundraising prizes will also be rewarded.

Your support at the Constantine-Yorkville Run this year will raise awareness and funds for the GEM program, which directly impacts young women in our communities and gives them the skills and tools they need to succeed.

Thank you for supporting mentorship!

Questions? Contact us at info@girlsementorship.com


Share your participation and support on social media! You can retweet/share GEM’s run postings or use our branded material for the run.

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