Gems Camp

aka The Gems Camp (Girls Interested in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science)   |   Grapevine, TX   |  www.thegemscamp.com

Mission

The mission of The GEMS Camp is to build confidence in urban teen girls in grades 7-12 through five core areas called the 5 Karat Gems - Academics, Leadership, Service, Career, and Creativity - so that they will be successful in STEM studies and careers.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

SAKI MILTON

Main address

1022 Texan Trail #6107

Grapevine, TX 76051 USA

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EIN

46-3363376

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Girls Clubs (O22)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

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THE GEMS CAMP SUMMER EXPERIENCE

The GEMS Camp isn’t your traditional summer learning or STEM summer camp! The mission of The GEMS Camp is to build confidence in urban teen girls in grades 7-12 through five core areas called the 5 Karat Gems - Academics, Leadership, Service, Career, and Creativity - so that they will be successful in STEM studies and careers.


Thirty rising 7th-9th-grade girls from underrepresented STEM populations (African-American, Hispanic, and economically disadvantaged) are chosen through a competitive application process. The Summer Experience is held on Saturday’s, June-August from 8am-4pm. The program concludes with a Graduation Ceremony & Community Exhibition. Yearly participation is by invitation only based on the evaluation individual achievement within the 5 Karat Gems.

THE 5 KARAT GEMS:
The individual 5 Karats can be cultivated to dramatically to increase one’s personal and professional value.

1) Academics - Gems receive two hours/meeting of authentic problem-based learning led by state certified teachers.

2) Career - Gems spend one hour/meeting developing 21st Century career skills facilitated by leading local STEM practitioners.

3) Creativity - Gems spend 1.5 hours/meeting developing creativity skills as they complete STEM project-based learning tasks led by GEMS instructors and corporate volunteers.

4) Leadership - Gems devote one hour/meeting cultivating leadership traits in small group mentoring led by high school college STEM camp leaders.

5) Service - Gems devote one hour/meeting planning or participating in community service.

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The purpose of The GEMS Camp is to increase the number of historically underrepresented populations in STEM, primarily minority (African-American and Hispanic) females who are from low-income families by providing summer support services through collaborative partnerships

Specifically, the organization’s program objectives are:

A. Strengthening select math and science skills of underrepresented girls, which are used across all STEM subjects so that they meet high academic standards, achieve in school, and succeed in the competitive 21st century global society

B. Mentoring urban girls through issues that are unique to their communities and families so that they stay on the pathway to learning and life success

C. Delivering a one-of-a-kind, intensive and engaging (STEM) experience to urban girls so that their interaction and learning will lead to a choice of STEM coursework, degree program, and eventually career path;

D. Building a community of prepared urban girls through a scalable and sustainable model that offers the same experience locally and nationally, so that the number and quality of urban girls pursuing STEM degrees will increase.

1) Academics - Gems receive two hours/meeting of authentic problem-based learning led by state certified teachers. Activities include:
• Preview the upcoming year’s state math and science targeted standards in the summer (those identified as the least mastered standards based on district and state performance indicators of Texas STAAR and EOC assessments)
• Build confidence through independent practice and track individual academic progress via rigorous online course modules including formative assessments, Apps, and digital media via The GEMS Camp 5 Karat iTunes University Course
• Learn study skills, note-taking and memorization techniques
• Receive small-group and online tutoring from GEMS mentors


2) Career - Gems spend one hour/meeting developing 21st Century career skills facilitated by leading local STEM practitioners. Activities include:
• Learn career strategies and engaging personal anecdotes from STEM women during Power Lunch networking sessions
• Identify and complete a STEM career research project
• Practice soft skills (i.e. interviewing, etiquette, communicating presenting, and dressing for professional settings)
• Create student portfolios including resumes
• Participate in social media sessions led by STEM career leaders

3) Creativity - Gems spend 1.5 hours/meeting developing creativity skills as they complete STEM project-based learning tasks led by GEMS instructors and corporate volunteers. Activities include:
• Learn and apply the engineering design process in collaborative teams
• Learn to apply STEM industry models for individual and group brainstorming techniques
• Present individual summer learning product to a diverse community audience

4) Leadership - Gems devote one hour/meeting cultivating leadership traits in small group mentoring led by high school college STEM camp leaders. Activities include:
• Participate in small-group mentoring sessions that address adolescent issues unique to urban teen girls through situation-based fictional stories
• Participate in online social media leadership challenges to promote digital citizenship
• Learn appropriate conflict resolution strategies for dealing with peers, parents, and persons of authority
• Participate in team building exercises to strengthen healthy female-female relationships

5) Service - Gems devote one hour/meeting planning or participating in community service. Activities include:
• Plan, coordinate and execute service learning in the local community
• Plan, implement, execute and measure a site fundraising activity to collectively raise $500 for a local charity

The GEMS Camp is a volunteer-based service organization. The first group of volunteers consists of community professionals who serve as career speakers in the 5 Karat Speakers Bureau Program. Invited STEM speakers from local companies share their expertise, tips, and background paths to achieving success in STEM. The CEO recruits these individuals with companies’ internal affinity groups, such as Hispanic Initiative, Women’s group, or African-American employees. Additionally, professional STEM networking organizations such as National Society of Black Engineers or the Society of Women Engineers provide speakers and participants to lead project-based learning activities during the summer and school year. The second volunteer group consists of high school and college female STEM majors or math and science scholars. These students are recruited through local school mathematics or STEM departments. College students, Diamond Leaders, lead participants through small group mentoring sessions following the 5K Leadership Curriculum. They facilitate discussion on various professional and personal skills including conflict resolution, dealing with incarcerated parents, and handling group conflict. High school students, Ruby Leaders, serve as academic role models (tutors) for girls throughout the summer experience. They are responsible for 1-hour small group tutoring sessions and assisting in the instructional classroom in the summer. 5K Leaders continue their participation in The GEMS Camp through the school year with weekly tutoring and mentoring sessions, as well as participating in monthly GEMS meet ups and social media activities.

To date, The GEMS Camp has served more than 150 girls in Dallas and Houston with over 20 volunteers and 12 corporate partners (supply speakers). Collectively, volunteers have served more than 500 hours in the summers of 2010, 2011, and 2014. This year, the organization will conduct its first post/pre camp survey and academic assessments.

Financials

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Gems Camp

Board of directors
as of 07/08/2019
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Board co-chair

Ms. TEJUANA EDMOND

ACTUANT

Term: 2014 - 2015


Board co-chair

CAROLYN WIBERG

SILVERBACK LEARNING SOLUTIONS

Term: 2013 - 2014

MAREISHA REECE

THE WINTERS GROUP

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes