Be a Mentee

The GEM program connects motivated high school girls with a female mentor for a 9-month mentorship program. Through the program, mentees will develop professional skills, build confidence, seek resume-building opportunities and will be connected with a network of women and girls to help and support one another.

GEM mentors support mentees in their personal and professional growth, focusing on key areas including goal setting, time-management and confidence building, bringing them 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 school year?
  • Do you live in the GTA with access to public transit?
  • Do you face barriers that limit you? For example financial barriers, discrimination due to your ethno-cultural, faith or gender? Low-confidence?
  • Will you be able to commit to the orientation and following nine (9)-month mentorship relationship from September-June which requires weekly online touch-points as well as monthly in-person meetings?
  • Can attend all five (5) of our mandatory ‘GEMinar’ workshops?
  • 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 January and close at the end of March each year.
2. Interview: Once applications close, selected applicants will be invited to participate in an in-person interview with the GEM team. Interviews take place in June.  
3. Acceptance and Matching: Applicants who are accepted into the program will be notified and will be matched with a mentor. This happens in July.
5. Orientation: All accepted mentees are required to attend a mandatory mentee orientation. This happens at the end of August.
6. Program Start: The program officially begins at GEMinar #1, in September. At this GEMinar, you will meet your mentor for the first time.

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Thank you for your interest. Applications for the 2020/2021 cohort is now closed.

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Questions or Inquiries

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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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