Through intensive youth development and educational programming, Girls Educational and Mentoring Services (GEMS) empowers girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.   Gen 2 funding will provide financial supports to assist program participants in setting and achieving their individual educational and vocational goals.

“I had stopped dreaming about a future…GEMS' Educational Initiative gave me something that I thought I had lost: hope. I intend to pursue my bachelor’s degree at City College…I want to say that E.I. is indeed an initiative that strives, all we have to do is pay attention and learn. The program is here for us to succeed.”