Our Women United affinity group proudly announces the completion of three GEM programs at local schools this Spring.

For the first time in the program's four-year history, three programs ran concurrently in virtual and hybrid formats at Hillandale and Upward Elementary schools and Hendersonville Middle School (HMS). A total of 36 girls in grades 5-8 benefited from inspiring talks on careers, education, finance, health and self-care from local businesswomen across Henderson County. Nearly all of the programs were delivered via Google Meet or Zoom platforms to the participants who gathered in person at their respective schools, with some girls participating from their homes.

Women United members served as pen pals to GEM participants at Hillandale Elementary School, and school liaisons Becky Poplin, Linda Showalter and Betsy Toner did a fantastic job lining up the speakers and making sure the schools had everything they needed for a successful program.

Each GEM program ended with a celebration, as all girls enjoyed cupcakes and received certificates of completion. The elementary school participants also received backpacks filled with school supplies needed for 6th grade. Middle school participants received yoga mats and water bottles as a reminder to practice self-care, a recurring theme in this year's GEM program.

We are proud of how our GEM girls grew and thrived this Spring and look forward to new GEM programs this Fall!