The Gem Solution

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Gem Academy is a solution-based treatment program for overweight and obese adolescent girls. The format is that of a boarding school with a curriculum inclusive of high school general studies, nutrition and culinary, fitness, therapy, community service and experiential learning.

We use the physical transformation as a metaphor and working example of our students’ inherent skills, strengths and abilities that they use to create a greater purpose that permeates all aspects of their life and future. Where science and research drive our methodologies in the areas of physiology and achievement, our passion and commitment for helping the young women we serve achieve beyond  their wildest dreams is the true driving force behind Gem.

We strive to make Gem a sanctuary, incubator, and haven for empowerment, growth, and wisdom.


As a core value Gratitude not only touches on the theme of thanks but also humility.


Too many times in our life there is hurt or blame that we take on ourselves, that has nothing to do with us.


“it’s crucial to have a transcendent purpose, a mission larger than yourself.”

The Gem Academy Mission

The Mission of Gem Academy is to set the bar as the gold standard as a health care solution for overweight and obese adolescents. This will be done through a scientific approach and evidence based practices in every aspect possible ranging from dietary and counseling to activity and fitness. The goal is to improve the quality of life for every student through health education, academic achievement, personal growth and self-awareness, philanthropy, and nurturing of self-respect and individual diversity. These fundamentals form a foundation so that we establish a legacy of achievement that stands as a source of pride for both our staff and our students. And while every student arrives at Gem at a different place in their lives, we as an organization persevere to ensure that every student transitions with the tools and support necessary to affect positive change in their life outside of the Academy.