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Gemstones in the Making Inc

CREATING SAFE SPACES WHERE YOUNG WOMEN CAN DREAM AND THRIVE

Fort Myers, FL   |  https://gemstonesinthemaking.com

Mission

Create nurturing environments for young women to grow through self-discovery, mentorship and educational initiatives.

Notes from the nonprofit

Recent studies show that American children are facing a mental health crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 57% of teenage girls felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021. Even more alarming is that nearly 1 in 3 (30%) girls had seriously considered attempting suicide. A 2022 meta analysis of 14 studies showed that increased social media usage during the COVID-19 pandemic in young adults was associated with a greater likelihood of having symptoms of anxiety and depression. The good news is that these reports highlight solutions that can help. Some of these findings are that the sense of being cared for, supported and having a sense of belonging has an important positive effect on young girls. Gemstones i the Making exists to help young women RISE.

Ruling year info

2020

Principal Officer

Claribel Bocanegra

Co Principal Officer

Dr. Amanda Sterk

Main address

12251 Caisson Ln

Fort Myers, FL 33912 USA

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EIN

85-3751363

NTEE code info

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Recent studies show that American children are facing a mentalhealth crisis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 57% of teenage girls felt persistently sad or hopeless in 2021. Even more alarming is that nearly 1 in 3 (30%) girls had seriously considered attempting suicide. A 2022 meta analysis of 14 studies showed that increased social media usage during the COVID-19 pandemic in young adults was associated with a greater likelihood of having symptoms of anxiety and depression. The good news is that these reports highlight solutions that can help. Some of these findings are that the sense of being cared for, supported and having a sense of belonging has an important positive effect onyoung girls. The Director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health stated “Students need our support now more than ever, whether by making sure that their schools are inclusive and safe or by providing opportunities to engage.

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?

Journey to mindfulness and the practice of journaling

A program for the Gemstones in the Making school clubs.

This program is specifically designed to help individuals develop mindfulness practices and introduce them to the art of journaling. Our primary goal is to enhance participants' overall well-being and foster the cultivation of a stronger sense of self.

12 sessions of 50 minutes each, across the school year.

Population(s) Served
Young girls
Young women

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.

Number of new clients within the past 12 months

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of counseling sessions performed

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

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Gemstones in the Making (GITM) was created in 2020 with a mission “to create safe spaces where young women can discuss growing up, learn how to deal with external pressures, and find community and
sisterhood.” Our organization is seeking to to assist in improving the mental health of school-aged girls in the Southwest Florida region and nationwide in the future. Gemstones in the Making has a clear vision that states we “create access to mental and behavioral health services and provide experiences to mprove our participants well being. We hope to see young women across the world living authentic and meaningful lives to their fullest
potential. We envision all young women in the world understanding that we are ENOUGH.”

1. Strengthening Existing Programs:
a. School and College Clubs: Strengthen partnerships with educational institutions to establish more
school and college clubs for girls, increasing accessibility and the impact of our programs.
b. Yoga Retreats: Organize more yoga retreats throughout the year to provide immersive experiences
that enhance well-being, self-discovery, and sisterhood.
c. Workshops and Podcasts: Develop a comprehensive series of workshops and a regular podcast to
address key topics relevant to teenage girls, such as mental health, body image, and personal
development.
2. Cross-promotion and Enhancing Digital Presence:
a. Social Media Platforms: Optimize our social media platforms to increase engagement, followers, and
reach among our target audience. Regularly share inspiring and relatable content, including success
stories, testimonials, and yoga tips.
b. Website and Blogs: Revamp our website, making it more interactive and user-friendly, offering
resources like blog articles, webinars, and downloadable materials. Regularly update the blog section
with fresh, informative, and empowering content.
3. Collaboration and Partnership Building:
a. Scholarships for Immigrants: Establish partnerships with local organizations, community centers, and
immigration support groups to fund scholarships specifically for immigrant girls who don't qualify for
FAFSA.
b. Collaborative Events: Seek partnerships with related organizations, such as mental health advocacy
groups, women's empowerment organizations, and yoga studios, to host joint events, share resources,
and amplify our impact.
4. Expanding Outreach and Community Engagement:
a. Yoga and Mindfulness Summer Camps: Organize summer camps focused on yoga and mindfulness,
offering fun and transformative experiences while building a strong sense of community and sisterhood
among participants.
b. School Visits and Outreach Programs: Arrange regular visits to schools, conducting interactive sessions
and workshops to promote well-being, mental health, and the benefits of yoga among teenage girls.
Collaborate with school counselors and parents to effectively engage and support their daughters.
5. Funding and Resource Development:
a. Grant Applications: Dedicate resources to researching and applying for grants that align with our
mission. Partner with grant writing professionals to increase our chances of securing funding for program
expansion and sustainability.

b. Corporate Sponsorships and Fundraising Events: Develop relationships with local businesses and
secure sponsorships for various programs, events, and scholarships. Organize fundraising events, such as
charity galas or yoga-a-thons, to raise funds and increase public awareness.

We have a team of dedicated individuals that range from educators, mental health proffessionals, business owners and students committed to enhancing the well -being of young women. Our programs are aimed to help young women connect to their authentic selves to develop a strong sense of self.

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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, To serve wholeheartetly

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Gemstones in the Making Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Claribel Bocanegra

Gemstones in the Making

Dr. Amanda Sterk

College Unmazed

Kelly Thawley

Lee County School Board

Sofia Gonzalez

Affluence Media

Sherline Herard

Lee County School Board

Erin O'connell

John Hopkins All Childrens Hospita

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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 ? 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
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/12/2023

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/12/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.