Be a Mentee

GEM’s comprehensive 9-month Mentorship Program connects motivated high school girls with successful professional women, and provides unique experiential educational opportunities to enhance their professional skills and build confidence. Accepted Mentees join a broad network of accomplished women and girls in diverse industries across the GTA and Hamilton.

GEM Mentors support Mentees in their personal and professional growth, focusing on key areas including goal setting, time management, and confidence building. This support brings Mentees one step closer to achieving their goals and aspirations.

Do you want to be a GEM Mentee?
  • Will you be attending high school for the duration of the 2023-24 school year?
  • Do you live in the GTA or Hamilton region with access to public transit?
  • Do you face barriers that limit academic and professional opportunities? (E.g. financial barriers, discrimination due to faith, ethnocultural background, gender, etc.)
  • Will you be able to commit to attending an orientation session and sustaining a 9-month mentorship relationship from September – June which requires weekly online touchpoints as well as monthly meetings?
  • Can you attend all 5 of our mandatory GEMinar workshops?
  • Can you receive permission from your parent/guardian to join the GEM program?
If you said yes to the above, then read on!

Application Process

1. Application: Applications open in October and close at the end of June.
2. Interview: Once applications close, selected applicants will be invited to participate in a virtual interview with the GEM team. Interviews take place in the Spring.
3. Acceptance and Matching: Applicants who are accepted into the program will be notified and will be matched with a mentor. This happens in the Summer.
5. Orientation: All accepted mentees are required to attend a mandatory mentee orientation. This happens in September.
6. Program Start: The program officially begins at GEMinar #1, in September. At this GEMinar, you will be introduced to your mentor.


Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort are now closed. If you are a high school girl living in Hamilton, email for information on how to apply.

Questions or Inquiries

If you have any questions about how to apply to be a mentee or about the program, email us at

GEM allowed me to view the world around me through a different lens, meet brilliant and empowered young females, receive valuable life-long lessons and most importantly, it has given me a meaningful mentorship experience.

Alumna, 2018

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