GEM Leadership Conference “I Have a Voice in This World” – Mount Vernon, New York, November 19, 2012 – On Tuesday, November 20, 2012, the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau’s Girls Embracing Maturity (GEM) Program will host a large planning conference at AB Davis Middle School from 8:45am-11:30am. “The Girls Embracing Maturity (GEM) Program was designed to help our young ladies mature and develop positive attitudes and attributes. It is our goal to equip our girls with the tools that are needed to become resilient, compassionate, authentic role models for their community,” stated DaMia Harris, the creator of Mount Vernon’s GEM Program and the Executive Director of the Youth Bureau. Tomorrow’s event will be one of several conferences promoting student participation in the development of a culminating GEM Leadership Conference. The final conference is anticipates serving over 300 young women in the public school system. The Mount Vernon Youth Bureau has partnered with several community members and organizations to include but is not limited to the Mount Vernon City School District, The Westchester County Youth Bureau and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Nu Omega Chapter. Guest speakers for tomorrow’s event are Dr. Murdisia Orr, Melinda D. Hodge, Nesta Felix, Basima Muhammad, Tina Shoulders, Stacey Lorin Merkl, Krista Mann, Veronica Jones and Leugenia Edwers. Mayor Davis stated, “We recognize the value and importance of cultivating female leaders. In fact, we have done a great job in producing future leaders from this city, and we will continue to do this through programs such as GEM along with partnerships with the Mount Vernon City School District and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.” For further information, please contact Aku Brown through the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau at (914) 665-2344.