Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is the only organization in New York State specifically designed to serve girls and young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Girls Educational and Mentoring Services’ (GEMS) mission is to empower girls and young women, ages 12–24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential. GEMS is committed to ending commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children by changing individual lives, transforming public perception, and revolutionizing the systems and policies that impact sexually exploited youth.
A look in the mirror should reflect the “you” that is inside! At Reminderband we added a little paint and polish to our website so it accurately represents us. The new site makes it easier for you to design, customize and order your wristbands. We believe that creating the message should be easy so you can get down to the nitty gritty of sharing it with the world! Below is a sneak peak of our new site design. A new builder is a well tuned machine; it displays your band in real time so you can see any customization options you have chosen. The streamlined site makes it easy for you to contact us, read about us or discover the message or story that we have loved to be a part of. Hope to see you there soon!
A beauty, an Olympian and an inspiration. Dee Dee Trotter was born in California and after finding a passion in track and field she brought her golden-state roots to the 4×4 m relay to Athens for the Olympics in 2004. Beyond her athletic ability is beauty, In June 2011 DeeDee signed with Wilhelmina New York under the “W Fitness Division”. If beauty and athleticism isn’t enough you can find Trotter behind the amazing organization “Test Me, I’m Clean”. “Test Me, I’m Clean” is a charity dedicated to battling the abuse of steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. Trotter told us that, “. . . in track and field we are all striving to make a living, a lot of us work part time jobs and athletes doping takes away our chance to provide a life for ourselves.”
“Test Me, I’m Clean” seeks to teach Hard Work, Honor and Honesty. Three H’s that all athletes can live by to become their very best. This year Trotter is doing something amazing, competing in the 2012 London Olympics. Finishing 3rd and earning a bronze medal for the U.S. has brought new attention to the campaign and surely inspired athletes everywhere to train and compete clean.
Trotter wears a “Test Me, I’m Clean” wristband to bring awareness to her cause.
On July 20, 2012 a real life nightmare unfolded in a Aurora, Colorado cinema. 58 people were wounded and 12 killed that night; all remembered by there families, friends and the world. Rebecca was among the 12 who lost their lives unjustly; one of her life long best friends, Carmen, told us that Rebecca, “. . . never met a stranger, she knew no race and no gender.” Her kindness and acceptance made her truly one of a kind. Rebecca was a single mother of two girls who were 5 and 9. Friends say her light emanates in them and they were her number one priority. “She puts everyone in front of herself but above all her girls.”
“We called her our bright light,” Carmen said while lost in thought about Rebecca.
Rebecca was one of a kind, fluent in Mandarin, she served in the U.S. Armed Forces as a translator while raising her daughters and putting herself through school to become a social worker. Her dream? To help troubled teens. Her legacy was selfless, throughout her life she hosted six foreign exchange students and brought home stray animals needing love. Friends hope that Rebecca’s death can leave behind a story that brings more love to the world. After her funeral friends and family gathered at her favorite pub to have a “Cheers!” for her life, a moment that Carmen described as “A celebrating, not a mourning, of her amazing life.”
A memorial will be held in Texas for Rebecca’s friends and family on August 18th (date subject to change).
At Reminderband we seek to find the most deserving charities, those that truly touch our hearts, and feature them on our blog. Today we are excited to announce our support of Soles4Souls; watch for their feature on our website as well!
Soles4Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-business efforts to eradicate poverty. Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities.
Wen you give the simple gift of you shoes you are protecting people from illnesses and allowing kids to attend school. It also creates sustainable jobs and support for those recovering from disaster. No shoes are ever thrown away; you are recycling! Together we are changing the world one pair at a time.