The desired long-term outcomes for Urban GEMS are to:
1. Increase teen engagement in high school/education through STEM and experiential learning program activities.
2. Increase nutritional knowledge to improve healthy eating and decrease unhealthy eating habits among participants.
3. Increase community involvement in changing patterns of food consumption.
4. Produce young people who are work and/or higher education ready.
The measurable goals and objectives of Urban GEMS are to increase student engagement in school through project-based learning and improve health-related knowledge, attitudes and behaviors among participating youth.
We aim to increase the youth’s fresh fruit and vegetable consumption by 50 percent during the program. Students will build competencies in youth leadership, teamwork, project development, project management, micro-business operations, professionalism, event planning, and Internet and social media marketing. They will also learn more about food safety, product development, branding, financial asset management, engineering solutions such as alternative, more energy efficient lighting systems, and connecting with career professionals.