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Our Mission:




G.E.M.S. Inc. is dedicated to educating and empowering youth-serving organizations in a way that leads to innovative and effective programs that inspire young people to reach their greatest potential. 

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Strong Collaborative Partners are Key 

Once Dr. Quinn began the process of developing a program for girls at greater risk for social and health threats, she immediately began collaborating with Neena Smith-Bankhead, who at the time was the Director of Volunteer Services and Education for AID Atlanta.  Not only did Neena provide Dr. Quinn and her intern (Symeon Ivey) with cubicles, but she joined in the planning process to lead the HIV prevention education team for GEMS.   For almost a  decade, they served as role models to over 50 GEMS program staff demonstrating the best of working relationships, friendship, and advocacy for adolescent girls.  


Our Impact

With funding from the Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, The GEMS Program enrolled  approximately 1,500 girls in its signature GEMS Program over a 7 year period.   The program was implemented for the first 2 years at Emory University where Dr. Quinn taught Sociology and incorporated a service learning component for her students.  Beginning in year 3, the program expanded to  Savannah, GA , and enjoyed healthy on-site partnerships with local Boys & Girls Clubs.   Additional partnerships and successes are highlighted below.  


GEMS Program Participants

We are very proud of our core program where over 1500 girls were enrolled in a 9-month program that included 16 learning models, community events, team-building outings, and youth-friendly fun activities.  We are proud of the fact that 80% of the girls completed the program, including those in the juvenile justice system, foster care, group homes, and alternative schools.  



GEMS Program Partners

We developed partnerships with diverse organizations over the years that included the following key partners: 

AID Atlanta

Sister Love

Emory University 

Fulton County Juvenile Justice Center 

Scott Alternative School (Savannah, GA)

12 Local Boys and Girls Clubs

Crim Alternative School 

Ivy Prep Academy 

The Coretta Scott King Leadership for Girls Middle School 

The Coalition of 100 Black Women: Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter 

The Partnership Against Domestic Violence 




Thousands Engaged in our Community Events & Forums  

We sought supplemental funding to implement community events and forums to engage diverse stakeholders and peers of our GEMS program participants.  Through community engagement we educated approximately 5,000 individuals on youth development using innovative strategies of the arts and entertainment.  Our "Edu-skate" party was a big hit among the girls, parents, and their peers.  This strategy also allowed us to include adolescent boys in our community events. 


Get Involved

We are launching new webinars and workshops Fall 2018 for youth-serving organizations.   Email our Executive Director to be notified of upcoming capacity-building seminars:  Reinette Arnold ( .