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MAUI GEMs: Girls Empowerment Movement

Summer Internship 

Empowering the Next Generation: "What Makes You Feel Beautiful" and the Maui GEMs Internship


There's a transformational movement underway in Maui, aimed at empowering young girls to understand the essence of self-worth, strength, and beauty beyond the physical. Anchored by "What Makes You Feel Beautiful," this initiative strives to create ripples of change within the community, combating pressing issues such as homelessness, poverty, and teenage pregnancies.

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More Than Just Empowerment

Founded in the heart of Maui, "What Makes You Feel Beautiful" stands tall as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, driven by the ambition to foster self-love among  girls during their foundational years. But the organization’s purpose runs deeper than just empowerment. Recognizing the distinct challenges that girls in Maui face - exacerbated by factors such as teenage pregnancies, poverty, and restricted resources - the mission is clear: to pave a smoother path for these young souls, especially those from minority backgrounds. 


Through a diverse array of programs spanning educational workshops, mentorship opportunities, and an abundance of empowering resources, the organization focuses on providing the vital skills these girls need to overcome societal barriers with resilience.


Planting Seeds of Confidence

The organization's commitment is evident in its tangible goals - aspiring to reduce homelessness and poverty by 2% and decrease the incidence of teen pregnancies. By equipping young girls with essential tools and educational avenues, they’re nurtured into becoming strong, confident individuals, ready to tackle life's challenges. The underlying belief? Every girl possesses boundless potential, waiting to be tapped.


The Maui GEMs 2024 Summer Internship: A Glimpse into the Future 

In alignment with their vision, "What Makes You Feel Beautiful" has unveiled the Maui GEMs (Girls Empowerment Movement) Summer Internship for 2024. Aimed at girls aged 16-19, this 4-week program promises not just professional experience, but a unique amalgamation of mentorship, skill development, and insights into varied career avenues.


From an intensive first week of orientation, skill workshops, and mentor-mentee pairing to two weeks of immersive professional experiences alongside their mentors, the program culminates with a reflective week, celebrating the girls' achievements and journeys.

Beyond the Internship

But the mentorship doesn't end with the internship. With post-program support, the girls continue to receive guidance and mentorship, ensuring that the lessons learned and the bonds formed persist, propelling them to soar higher in their future endeavors.


Join the Movement

If you're a young girl in Maui or know someone who fits the bill, this summer might just be the transformative experience you've been waiting for. With continuous feedback, improvements, and an undying spirit to uplift the next generation, "What Makes You Feel Beautiful" and the Maui GEMs Internship stand as beacons of hope, determination, and empowerment.


Eligibility and Support:

Eligibility Criteria:

1. Open to girls aged 16-1.

2. For participants aged 16-17, parental permission is mandatory.

3. Demonstrated commitment and a fervent willingness to learn.


Support and Benefits:


  • Stipend: All intern participants who complete the program will receive a stipend as a token of appreciation for their commitment and dedication to themselves.

  • Mentorship: Throughout the program, participants will benefit from the guidance of program coordinators.

  • Resources: Access to various resources will be provided, enhancing the learning experience.

  • Networking Opportunities: Participants will get the chance to network with professionals and like-minded peers, opening doors to future collaborations and opportunities.


We believe in empowering young girls and providing them with all the necessary tools and support to help them succeed.


Let's champion the cause, celebrate real beauty, and sculpt a brighter future for Maui’s young girls. The journey has just begun.

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