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GEM | Overview



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In the Georgia Education Mentorship (GEM) Program, Georgia College students are matched with leaders in fields such as business, education, politics, healthcare, law and industry - many of whom are members of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.  These executives serve as mentors for participating students, supporting their personal and professional growth by providing opportunities for them to learn about the principles and practices of effective leadership that benefit the professional world and the community.

Throughout the year, participating students also take part in leadership and professional development opportunities offered by the GEM program. These events and activities allow students to:

  • build relationships with their fellow participants
  • gain a better understanding of leadership concepts
  • discuss the lessons learned from their mentorship
  • develop skills that will help them meet current and future leadership challenges

Participants who successfully complete the program will attend a special closing ceremony in their honor and receive an award to recognize participation and a cord to be worn at graduation.

Established in 2002, and initially funded by the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation (www.woodruff.org), GEM is a creative partnership between Georgia College and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce (www.gachamber.com). Since the program’s inception, over 350 students have participated.

Application Deadline for GEM 2014-15: February 28, 2014

The GEM program is a year-long experience and requires a commitment to participate during both the fall and spring semesters of an academic year. Students from all disciplines are invited to apply, and they may do so at any time during the academic year prior to the application deadline.

Applicants must:

  • be of sophomore, junior or senior standing by the anticipated start of their program experience
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • be able to take LEAD 2100: Georgia Education Mentorship during both the fall and spring semester of their participation
  • be able to participate in outside-the-classroom events and activities during both the fall and spring
  • complete an interview with the GEM Advisory Board

Applicants are asked to keep in mind the following:

  • GEM is a two-semester experience. If selected, students are required to participate both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015.
  • In GEM, students are matched with mentors who may be located in another city. As such, students must often travel to meet with their mentors. If selected, students are expected to secure their own transportation to visit your mentor.
  • The GEM experience carries academic credit.  If selected, students will be enrolled in LEAD 2100: Georgia Education Mentorship both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015, and receive one hour of credit each semester. Grading is on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Scale.
  • The GEM experience requires participation in leadership and professional development events and the completion of academic assignments. 
  • Students can expect to be notified of their application status by May 1, 2014

GEM 2014-15 Application

GEM 2013-14 Member Guide

John W. Bowen, Coordinator of Leadership Programs
Center for Engaged Learning, Room 101
202 N. Clarke St., Milledgeville, Georgia 31061
478-445-1227, john.bowen@gcsu.edu, CBX 101

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