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G E M Enironmental NFP

GEM4STEM

aka GEM Corps   |   Prescott, AZ   |  http://www.gemenvironmental.org

Mission

G.E.M. Environmental works with government agencies to provide data collection services and site monitoring. Our mission is to create an avenue for the advancement of underrepresented students of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs into industry careers by providing scholarships, internships, workforce development, and educational experiences.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Eric M Welsh

Chairmen of the Board

Jessica R Cook

Main address

P.O. Box 12052

Prescott, AZ 86304 USA

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Formerly known as

GEM Environmental

EIN

82-1017612

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Employment Training (J22)

Physical Sciences/Earth Sciences Research and Promotion (U30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Nationally, 90% of low-income, first-generation, or minority college students do not graduate within 6 years of beginning college. Science and engineering degrees are among the top degrees sought in the United States. In fact, the number of STEM majors (bachelor’s degree and higher) has mushroomed, going from 388,000 graduates in 2009-10 to 550,000 in 2015-16, which is a 43% growth. Low STEM graduation rates are problematic because there is a growing need for trained STEM professionals. Further, there are millions of acres of wilderness in the U.S. where STEM careers are necessary to aid in the conservation and protection of our natural resources. Since the demand for STEM training and jobs, as well as the conservation of land is high, GEM Corps has a specific remit to address this need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

New Mexico Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Inventory and Monitoring

In conjunction with NM BLM and NM Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) - Our organization is conducting a statewide survey and inventory and monitoring of abandoned mines on NM State and Federal public lands.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our scholarships are designed to help students fund educational programs, continue their education on to the next level, purchase books, travel, complete field work, and/or pay down accumulated student loan debt.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

To assist community partners' conservation-based activities across our system Public Lands to provide opportunity youth new avenues for hands-on training and mentorship while appropriately learning to apply their accumulated knowledge to conservation projects in their area of interest. Through our GEM Corps program, our organization will create a new constituency of strong candidates for federal, state, and municipality employment by offering participants who successfully complete a minimum of 640 hours, with at least 120 of those hours spent directly in the field, with a certificate for two years of non-competitive hiring authority through the Depart of Interior’s Public Land Corps Program (PLC). GEM Corps programs are aligned to create more family-supporting jobs through Climate Conservation Corps Initiatives; to create more opportunities for equity and environmental justice; to protect biodiversity/ slow extinction rates; and to improve safe access to public lands for recreation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Maximum number of participants allowed on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Due to COVID 19 safety precautions, we did not host any field trips during 2020 or 2021

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These field trips are designed for college students with the goal of showcasing different careers within Yavapai County. Due to COVID 19 safety precautions, we did not host any field trips in 20-21.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

GEM Corps Workforce Development Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

GEM Corps Workforce Development hosts professional development, skills training, and certificate training courses for our member participants to prepare for careers in the STEM fields.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric was determined by the amount of people who answered our surveys. This includes all surveys that fall under our Field Experience Program. (ex. workshops, guest speaker series, ect.)

Number of students showing interest in topics related to STEM

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Low-income people, Extremely poor people, Working poor

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

GEM aided a COVID Relief Education Center during the pandemic and hosted STEM Days for students. Interest in the lesson was based off of engagement of the students.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our programs support STEM success and diversity, foster new skills, and build strong resumes. In order to break the cycle of economic and racial deprivation, students need to develop critical, reflective, and hands-on skills to be empowered to work effectively toward improving their own lives and those of their families and communities. Our GEM Corps Workforce Development Program aims to address several of the problems in education and job attainment for low-income, minority, and first-generation students, and teach them the importance of conservation. In this way, G.E.M. Environmental NFP will continue to break down barriers that hinder a wider dissemination of STEM education for often isolated and sometimes marginalized populations.

We believe that science is for everyone, thus experience within the STEM fields should be made broadly accessible to people from all walks of life, regardless of age, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or socioeconomic status. Some intended outputs of our programs include:

-Activity Goals: Teach students knowledge about different STEM disciplines while facilitating learning to encourage active participation in discussion and communication.

-Bridge Goals: Increase students’ awareness of the importance of education and cultivate students’ appreciation of STEM fields.

-Outcome Goals: Offer a unique hands-on learning experience to apply knowledge while making meaningful connections with industry professionals.

-Build Partnerships: Forge lasting connections with local and national organizations.

-Create Jobs and Build Resumes: Students who participate in Internship programs report a 53% direct job placement rate. Programs like our Field Internships and Field Experience provide participants with an avenue of employment and knowledge of public land stewardship and natural resource management.

-Build Community: By raising public awareness of wilderness and land protection issues we encourage students to achieve their potential to become life-long learners and engaged members of a global community.

-Enable Diversity: Establish inclusivity by building leadership, enriching academic and career goals, and enhancing the quality of life for underserved students.

-Sustainability and Safety: Ensure safe access to public lands and protection of nature.

We believe that STEM education should be made accessible to people from all walks of life. Our donors, clients, affiliates, host facilities, colleagues, and beneficiaries come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, which allows us to build strong relationships that are based on trust and respect. Sharing a diversity of opinions and ideas helps us perform at an optimal level to meet and exceed our community’s needs. We have built partnerships with local schools and organizations including Yavapai College, the ECOSA Institute/Prescott College, NorthPoint Expeditionary Learning Academy, the PUSD Indian Education Program, AZ Serve, AmeriCorps, as well as Drake Cement Mine where we take our Field Experience Program participants for field trips.

Our Diversity Officer collaborates and strategizes with schools for inclusion strategies. He focuses on collaboration, workforce diversity, and workplace belonging. Martinez reviews, innovates, and makes recommendations and/or changes to programs and initiatives to make sure GEM is meeting objectives and operating at an optimal level of efficiency and effectiveness. Examples of GEM’s diversity is demonstrated in our various programs. For our Scholarship program, 82% of our recipients are female scientists and 75% are low-income students. For our Field Experience program, 52% of participants are first-generation, 86% have never participated in an Internship program, 78% are low-income, and 42% are females. For our field Internship program, 50% are first-generation, 100% are low-income, 25% are veterans, and 50% changed their career to go back to school after age 35. GEM welcomes partnerships with community institutions that transcend academic disciplines and the boundary between academics and industry when providing career experience to the students we seek to benefit. Additionally, we strive to offer educational programming that will directly impact the next generation of STEM students.

GEM Environmental has been recruiting and training interns since our inception 5 years ago. Our first project on BLM managed public lands involved recruiting team members from a variety of demographics from across the state. Since that project, we have successfully recruited and onboarded a diverse pool of applicants each program year. Since our first program intern in 2017, GEM has overseen 76 intern participants.
This past fall in 2022, our organization was awarded multiple grants to create 23 AmeriCorps positons across two states in conservation based positions assisting our GEM Corps program initiatives and was also asigned a cooperatave agreement with the Bureau of Land Management to recruit and place up to 300 intern positions through 2027.
In 2021, we successfully recruited 26 AmeriCorps members to contribute to GEM Corps and our GEM for STEM Educational Programs in a variety of positions such as GIS Analysts, Geographer’s Assistants, Campus Liaisons, Interpretive Rangers, Education Specialist, Team leader, Crew Leader, Crew Member, Program Coordinator, Research Assistant, Maintenance Intern, etc. In 2020, we hired and placed 6 GEM Corps interns with the Phoenix District Office in AZ as Range Technician’s Assistants and recruited and placed 8 interns with our AML field services crew collecting inventory data for the Socorro Field Office in New Mexico. With each passing year, our capacity and experience for providing intern placement increases and our administrators are confident in our ability to continue to grow.
Over the last five years, GEM administrators have continued to develop our administrative policies and procedures to ensure more effective management practices are used to accommodate for the recruitment, placement, and supervision of participants across multiple states, government agencies, and programs. As a professional employment organization (PEO) and workforce development center, it is our task to continue to build and re-evaluate our policies and procedures to ensure our community partners and participants receive the best experience our organization can offer. To provide equitable applicant screening and placement, we use the following methods of recruitment and selection to fit our partners needs for project fulfillment:

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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G E M Enironmental NFP

Board of directors
as of 01/02/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jessica Cook

G.E.M. Environmental NFP

Term: 2018 - 2024

Jessica Cook

Alejandro Martinez Jr.

Emily Petersen

Mona Welsh

Eric Welsh

David Tharp

Charles Wayman Trujillo

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/22/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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