GEMS Program Offered to Middle School and High School Students

Posted on May 10, 2019

Heartbeat of Hardin County will be offering a summer GEMS Program. GEMS is self-esteem/mentoring program open to youth entering the 7th grade in the fall to 12th graders.

Topics that will be covered include the importance of protecting your fertility, relationships, drug & alcohol awareness, self-esteem, and future goals. Classes will include discussions, videos, worksheets, crafts, and much more.

Girls will receive a gemstone bracelet and other items. The last meeting will include lunch and outing to some fun activity.

“Our goal with this program is to help girls learn what a GEM they are.”, Said Julie Zaring, Executive Director of Heartbeat of Hardin County.

The program will be 4 days over two weeks. Classes will be May 28th & 30th, June 3rd from 9:00 am till noon. The last class will be June 5th from 9:00 am—4:00pm this includes lunch and outing.

Zaring is assisted with this program by Julie Crowe. Both ladies know that just spending time with these young ladies is a benefit to the girls and adults both. Girls who have completed this program enjoyed it so much that they asked for another program, so they started GEMS 2.0 for any girl who completes the program.

The program is free and paid with from a grant from Hardin County Job and Family Services and the Kenton ELK #175.

To sign up by May 23rd, you can call 419-674-4716 or stop into Heartbeat between 3-6 pm, Monday through Thursday. There is also a registration link on the Heartbeat of Hardin County’s Facebook page.


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