In July 2013 GEM kicked off its Pearl Program by partnering with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s women’s prisons located in Gatesville, Texas. In the one year since it began operations, GEM has served over 20 girls with mothers in prison by taking them to visit their mothers the first Saturday of each month for an enhanced 4-hour visitation session. GEM provides "more than just a visit" by introducing and encouraging facilitated discussions between the mothers and daughters that revolve around critical life issues while building the mother-daughter bond. This year promises to be an exciting one for GEM as we prepare to kick off a new program to serve girls in Dallas County ages 12-18 with a mother in prison anywhere (not just in Gatesville). This program will focus on ensuring the cultivation of character development by providing various workshops. We will strive to equip our girls with the appropriate tools to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration to become productive members of society. GEM is looking for volunteers to help our GEMs shine bright! GEM’s vision is for girls with incarcerated mothers to fulfill the meaning of their own creation by using their stumbling blocks as stepping stones for a brighter tomorrow. The board and volunteers play a central role in this important work.