GEM has affected me in so many ways in such a short amount of time. GEM created new opportunities for me and taught me how to become more confident with myself. The program has also allowed me to create new relationships and bonds with my GEM sisters and leaders. We go on different retreats where our leaders push you outside of your comfort zone to try new things and go to new places. For example, we had a camping retreat and it was raining. Without GEM I would have never gone camping in the rain and while it was cold I may never have the chance to do it again. Overall it was fun and we all bonded. GEM helps us uplift and empower each other to learn new things that we can use in our adult life to become successful young women.