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Arizona Gives Day fundraiser is March 31

Students in the GEM program at Yavapai College pose for a photo. (Courtesy)

Students in the GEM program at Yavapai College pose for a photo. (Courtesy)

Arizona Gives Day is an annual giving movement uniting nonprofits, big and small, new and established, to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Arizona through online giving. The event helps raise awareness about the critical role Arizona nonprofits play in our communities and inspires people to give generously creating a thriving and stronger Arizona for all.

A G.E.M. fundraising event will take place from 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at The Windsock Lounge, 1385 Iron Springs Road in Prescott.

Nationally, 90 percent of lower-income first-generation college students do not graduate within six years of beginning college, and if a student comes from a low-income background, is a first-generation student, or a minority, their chances decline dramatically. Science and engineering degrees are the top degrees sought in Yavapai County (42 percent), but the average unemployment rate in the county is higher than the national average of 4.3 percent (compared to 3.7 percent). Since no job training is provided at no cost to students seeking a STEM career (science, technology, engineering and math) in Yavapai County, G.E.M. Environmental has a specific remit to meet this need in the community.

G.E.M. Environmental offers a field experience program at Yavapai College, which benefits low-income, continuing education, first generation, and female science students. The program provides on-site job training through interactive field trips and hands-on labs.

Students participating in the program also have the option to enroll in GEM’s internship program, allowing them to expand skills and knowledge by performing tasks on federal, state, and local government contracts, such as with the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Information provided by Yavapai College.

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