Our mission at GEM Academy is to help our students believe in themselves by
realizing their full potential through academics, life skills, volunteer
service, and work experience.
In the GEM Academy classroom, students
work on a comprehensive graduation plan that incorporates academics with
project-based learning. We offer career awareness, training in computer
applications, job readiness, financial literacy, and civic engagement.
We have on-site counseling services available and our students are
engaged in volunteering and internship opportunities.
students say that the environment is friendly and comfortable. Teachers
reinforce values and the classes are small in size. Students enjoy the
direct instruction and the one-on-one attention they receive. They like
the hands-on activities and feel that there are always new things to
learn. They also like that the teachers celebrate the students'
We have created a vocational training program called the IV League. Our
program focuses on volunteering and civic engagement. Students are
placed at various non-profit organizations that include parks and
museums. Our partners include Department of Parks and Recreation, HOLA,
LIFT, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, KHEIR, St. Mary's Episcopal Church,
Coalition for Economic Survival (CES), Alliance for Children's Rights,
and Blind Children's Center.
Students perform a variety of tasks,
from clerical and customer service to coaching and mentoring young
children. The training benefits the students by giving them experience
that they can include on their resumes and job applications. Through
their internship or volunteer service, students learn to be involved in
the community, meet dress codes, and be a role model.