SPRINGFIELD, NOVEMBER, 2018 – Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield will host the 1st annual GEM Summit on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. In partnership with Junior League of Springfield, The GEM (Girl Empowerment Movement) Summit is a day-long event where Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield members, ages 12-18, come together to socialize, hear from local female leaders, and empower one another thorough social-emotional learning activities. 

Special guest speakers include Carmelita Jeter, American Olympic medalist sprinter, Kim Cochran, Teresa Dickens, and Jessica Jewell, local Nurse Practitioners specializing in Women’s Health, Kylie Wright, local musician and artist, Janet Dankert, CEO for Community Partnership of the Ozarks, Annesha Umbarger, Sergeant in the patrol division, Sarah Hassan, personal trainer, Shauna Storey, COO at Night Light International, Jamie Owens Cunningham, Neal Cunningham, Kenzie Powderly, and Amanda Junod, local beauty consultants, Elizabeth Kiesewetter, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Special Victims Unit, and JJ Williams, local DJ. Panera Bread will be sponsoring breakfast for the event. Kinney Vending and Hiland Dairy will be providing snacks for the event.

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield provide programs that guide and direct youth from all backgrounds, particularly those from at-risk environments. Through social, physical, and educational development activities, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield teach youth the values of life, strengthen their self-esteem, and make them better citizens of our community.

The Club offers daily access to a broad range of programs in five core program areas: The Arts, Character and Leadership Development, Education and Career Development, Health and Life Skills and Sports, Fitness and Recreation. Giving the youth of the community the proper tools they need to become successful students and citizens is an important part of our mission.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Springfield provides program opportunities to over 13,000 local youth each year. Parents interested in having their children join the Club and learn more about its youth programs can contact the organization at 417.862.9249 or visit

About Junior League of Springfield

The Junior League of Springfield, Inc is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.

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Phoebe Hicks