“The Girls Empowerment Movement (GEMs) is all about empowering girls in the community,” said Tanya, a grade 10 student. “I have become more confident with myself and my surroundings because of the mentorship at GEMs!”

GEMs runs workshops to empower young girls in Peel. By training mentors in grades eleven and twelve and engaging with mentees in grades nine and ten, the program takes student leadership to the next level – making sure that the impact is for youth and by youth. “They tackled tough topics like body image, stereotypes and the media’s portrayal of women,” stated Tanya. “The workshops have been amazing!”

GEMs was one of eleven projects to receive a Youth in Action Grant last year. Given to groups of youth ages 14-24, these micro grants of up to $2,000 help youth bring projects that they care about to life.

From youth symposiums to theatre performances, dance workshops to awareness campaigns, the Youth in Action Grant projects always showcase the heights youth can reach when they are supported to be all that they can be.

The Youth in Action Grants develop young leaders of today, and it’s because of your support!