The Patuxent River (MD) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated is proud of the work accomplished within its umbrella program. The program, Cultivating Young Girls into GEMS;
Global-minded, Empowered, and Motivated for Success, focuses on the development of young ladies in a holistic manner incorporating the work of all five of The Links,
Incorporated's program facets (Services to Youth, Arts, Health & Human Services, International Trends and Services, and National Trends & Services).
The GEMS Program for girls in grades 5-12 addresses their current challenges and prepares them for the next stage of life beyond high school. Starting
at Germantown Elementary School (GES) with 5th graders, the program began to address bullying, its causes, and its impact on girls (and their families). The Program was
re-designed to target the development of the whole child – strong academic focus, leadership skills, social skills, self-advocacy, healthy living, mental health, and creativity; while exposing
underserved girls to culturally diverse people and opportunities to which they would not otherwise be exposed. Still hosted at GES, it has expanded to include girls (our “mentees”/GEMS) from several
other elementary, middle and high schools. We have a mentoring component that follows the GEMS from elementary through high school. Working with our program partners we create
environments that stimulate their interest in STEAM, international, and non-traditional careers for females.
The Patuxent River (MD) Chapter's future plans include following the GEMS through high school and awarding a targeted number of college scholarships as the GEMS matriculate.