The Glover Empower Mentoring Program-G.E.M. is a community based nonprofit organization that offers mentoring to youth and young adults in an around Kent WA and South King County. Working together with the City of Kent, King County and other various community based organizations G.E.M. seeks to provide mentoring, academic tutoring, and life skills.
City and community leaders, the Kent Chamber of Commerce and families joined the GEM team on Feb. 28 to embrace its new center, at 827 N. Central Ave., Suite B-109, for a ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony. GEM opened its new doors in December, but Kendrick Glover, the organization’s co-founder and executive director, wanted to officially celebrate the move in February, Black History Month.
Working together with city, county and other community organizations, GEM provides mentoring (one-on-one, group, in-school and after-school), academic tutoring and life skills, and a diversion program that works to keep youth out the criminal justice system.
Its mission is to inform, interact and inspire young adults. Its foundation is education.
Inform: By cultivating wisdom,knowledge, and understanding with integrity.
Interact: By building positive relationships upholding the pillars of respect, trust, truth and love.
Inspire: By sharing honest and open life experiences about overcoming challenges and struggles.
VISION STATEMENT: Through holistic mentoring every youth and young adult is empowered to be principled, responsible, critical thinkers who affect positive change in their community.
- Continuous Learning
- Community & Family
Who We Are/Purpose: G.E.M. is a unique mentoring program addressing dropout prevention/intervention symptoms that prevent youth and young adults from doing what is right for the well-being of self and others. Services include: one-on-one and group mentoring, outside referral services where needed and weekly activities that benefit young men daily lives.
How this mentoring program will help our community: Community-Based Mentoring increase the likelihood of regular school attendance and academic achievement and decrease the chances of engaging in self-destructive and negative behavior. A trusting relationship with a caring adult provides stability for a child and often has profound, life-changing effects.
G.E.M. Governance Structure: The Steering Committee is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of Program strategies. They provide necessary guidance and support to help ensure the success of the program. These individuals represent different aspects of our community and have a common mission; to help young people succeed. Together, they are committed to mobilizing and addressing the needs and concerns of youth and families in the communities we serve through: Informing, Interacting and Inspiring.
To learn more, visit gempowermentor.org.