Excellent organization for at-risk young girls.

Girls Educational and Mentoring Services is an excellent organization that provides a network of support for young, at-risk girls to keep them from falling into patterns of prostitution or drug abuse. From the GEMS website: “GEMS provides a spectrum of continuous and comprehensive services to address the needs of commercially and sexually exploited girls and young women. Commercial sexual exploitation is intrinsically linked to racism, poverty, gender-based violence, and the criminalization of youth. All these factors are an integral part of any discussion, advocacy work or direct service programming that involves sexual exploitation. All of GEMS programs are based on our philosophy and values that each girl and young woman is deserving, and needs support and services to treat the trauma and violence she has experienced.” GEMS provides an invaluable service, especially in urban areas, so if you have a moment, show your support here on their website or at their Facebook page.