Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.
— Harriet Beecher Stowe

Our Summer Experience is where it all begins, girls in grades 7–9 are introduced to the 5 Karat Gems in our 8-week Saturday camp. Girls begin to build life-long bonds with other girls, mentors, and instructors in an engaging learning environment while being exposed to challenging topics in math and science.

Our School Year experience begins the transitional experience for our 9th grade summer camp graduates. Girls continue to deepen the foundation and principles of the 5 Karat Gems by applying them to real life as they navigate through high school. Girls participate in campus leadership, community involvement, job shadowing, and academic studies.


To build confidence in urban teen girls in five core areas–academics, career, creativity, leadership, and service– so that they will be successful in STEM studies and careers.


Our vision is to increase the percentage of minority women earning bachelor’s degrees in science and engineering. Our camp goal is to raise the math achievement of all GEMS by one grade level over the previous year.


The organization will accomplish its mission and goals by:

  1. Strengthening select math and science skills of urban girls, which are used across all STEM subjects so that they meet high academic standards, achieve in school, and succeed in the competitive 21st century global society;
  2. Mentoring urban girls through issues that are unique to their communities and families so that they stay on the pathway to learning and life success;
  3. Delivering a one-of-a-kind, intensive and engaging (STEM) experience to urban girls so that their interaction and learning will lead to a choice of STEM coursework, degree program, and eventually career path;
  4. Building a community of prepared urban girls through a scalable and sustainable model that offers the same experience locally and nationally, so that the number and quality of urban girls pursuing STEM degrees will increase.