Global Empowerment Mindset Program (GEM)

The GEM Program is centered around the concept of personal empowerment. Our curriculum is designed to equip students with valuable, empowering life skills for high achievement in their personal life and to unleash students’ potential. It is implemented in the United States which provides students a release from their accustomed cultural context. From stepping out of their comfort zone and immersing themselves in the American context, students inevitably establish dynamic interactions with the global context available to them. This is vital in developing an empowered mindset.

GEM sessions form a highly interactive environment by incorporating inquiry-based learning, discussion-based learning, and active learning strategies. Though all lessons are conducted entirely in English as part of the immersive experience, we understand students come with varying levels of proficiency; for this reason, our instructors are careful to provide instructional scaffolding to enable students to take initiative. The English language will come to life in the students’ eyes as they are continuously engaged, motivated, challenged, enjoy themselves, and come to the realization that communication is key, not grammar usage.

The GEM program achieves this with its utilization of group leaders throughout the program in leading discussions and session activities such as: brainstorming, projects, presentations, and speeches. Group leaders, typically university students, hold the role of mentors and become a source of inspiration. They guide students to delve deeper into their thought process, provide more individualized attention to students, ensure all students understand the lessons as well as find ways to express themselves, and much more.

Activities, including but not limited to evening reflection sessions, campus tours, visits to non-profit organizations, international companies, volunteering, and guest speaking events are organized to complement the curriculum for the purpose of reinforcing established GEM concepts, a more interactive student-centered learning, and further adding richness to their program experience. Some activities outside of the GEM classroom sessions may be led in different languages by request and availability as a way to maximize the understanding and impact of a particular activity.

We recognize that there may be groups with specific needs and would like to focus on distinct themes.

As of today, we offer the following GEM programs:

  • GEM Leadership
  • GEM Self-Development
  • GEM Foundation
  • GEM STEM
  • GEM Young Women’s

Other Programs

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GEM at Claremont Colleges

GEM at Claremont Colleges is developed and operated in collaboration with the Drucker Institute, a social enterprise that is a part of Claremont Graduate University. The program contains three Drucker for Future Leaders (DFL) sessions that is run by the Drucker Institute as well as GEM sessions. DFL teaches management and leadership skills based on the teachings of Peter F. Drucker.

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Active ESL

The Active ESL program utilizes active learning strategies to increase language communication and listening skills in an engaging and rewarding manner. Program instructors are mindful of the diverse language abilities of students and are effective in enabling students to take initiative. Instructors also have the support of qualified university students, who take on the mentoring role of group leader, to ensure more individualized attention for each student.

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Girl Power

The Girl Power! in Seattle program uses English as second language (ESL) lessons, activities, and field trips to provide teenage girls with the opportunity to explore what girl power is, build their confidence as a woman, and gain insight on how they can thrive in the global world and their future.

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Social Entrepreneurship Program with the Drucker Institute

Social Entrepreneurship Program with the Drucker Institute offers a rare opportunity for university students to engage with some of the most essential tools for leadership and management as developed by Peter Drucker the “father of modern management.” At the heart of this program lie the fundamentals of social entrepreneurship, an area which, alongside the corporate and public sectors, Drucker deemed essential to any functioning society.

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Columbia Business School Program: Venture for All®

This global initiative is for talented students who seek to develop the entrepreneurial mindset needed to succeed in the classroom or professional world. These student programs are designed to build on existing strengths to solve important global problems through entrepreneurial thinking and action. Each class blends contemporary theory and practice in areas of design, entrepreneurship, innovation, and team leadership.

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Custom Group Programs

GPI US understands that every group can be vastly different due to their education system, culture, English level, academic focus, and more. The program for one group may not fit the needs and have the academic focus desired from another group. With information about the group’s demographic, English level, accommodation preference, desired program length, program focus, and requested location to visit, GPI US will meticulously tailor an impactful learning experience for your group.

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The function of education is to teach one to think critically. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education. - Martin Luther King Jr.