Greene County Logo GEMS (Girls Empowering Minds & Spirits)


GEM's thanks the Greene County, Missouri community including individuals, private and public sector employees, and Greene County Juvenile Office administrators and staff who offer support and assistance as we continue to grow GEM's and this gender-specific approach to juvenile justice.

Through community collaboration and Savvy Sister curriculum, GEM's provides a comprehensive continuum of gender-responsive services to address the following areas:

Savvy Sister topic areas:

  1. Safety Matters
  2. Identity and Self Esteem Matters
  3. Communication Matters
  4. Relationship Matters
  5. Emotion Matters
  6. Brain Matters
  7. Body Matters
  8. Sex Matters
  9. Power and Choice Matters
  10. Spirit Matters
  11. Social Support Matters
  12. Career and Vocational Matters

Community planning and collaborations are vital in developing coordinated long-standing systems of care. GEM's continues to utilize community and professional support and partner with individuals and agencies from public and private sectors to better coordinate services for girls. Various organizations have generously provided their time and services in being part of GEM’s efforts to provide gender specific responsive services for at-risk girls.

For more information about the Savvy Sister curriculum, check out this site:

Some of the organizations and programs that have supported the GEM’s Mission include:

Harmony House: or (800) 831-6863

Community Partnership of the Ozarks: or (417) 888-2020

Osborn’s Tae Kwon DO: (417) 862-0858

Eat Your Medicine:

Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks: or (417) 862-3838

Burrell Behavioral Health: (417) 761-5000

Girl Scouts: or (417) 862-0004

Pregnancy Care Center: (417) 877-0800

Planned Parenthood: (417) 883-3800

Jordan Valley: (417) 831-0150

Lifehouse Crisis Maternity Home: (417) 720-4213

Rarebreed: (417) 865-6400

OACAC: (417) 447-0554

Gender Responsive Community Resources


LUV is an outpatient treatment program that provides group counseling, group education, and individual counseling. Groups are Monday and Wednesday nights from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. Individual sessions occur on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.

LUV is a free service with the ability to be flexible to meet individual treatment needs. -LUV maintains small group sizes (8-12 girls per group) and uses evidence-based curriculum. In addition to substance abuse issues, LUV addresses a variety of topics such as self-esteem, body image, healthy relationships, conduct issues, anger management, and coping skills.

For more information contact: Sarah J. Jarvis, PLPC, RASAC II, AOTS/RPG/LUV Child Counselor
(c) (417) 521-7078 (P) (417) 862-3455 ext:713

Networks for Girls

Provided through Missouri State University's Center for Dispute Resolution "Networks for Girls" is a diversionary program provided by the Center for Dispute Resolution (CDR) at Missouri State University, in partnership with the Greene County Juvenile Office. Networks for Girls provides services for adolescent girls in Greene County who have committed delinquent acts or offenses against their families. The program provides two services to help address the girls' offenses and provide support and education to reduce the likelihood they will reoffend.

First, program girls participate in a Family Group Conference (FGC) to address the offense or delinquent acts. The FGC's are facilitated by trained CDR volunteers and bring together the girls, their families, victims, and other community members to talk about the offense and its impact and to formulate a plan of action to repair the harm caused and prevent future offenses.

Next, the girls take part in the Girls Circle program. This 8-week educational support group provides a safe space where girls can use authentic voices and comfortably absorb essential information relating to their social, emotional, and physical well-being as well as their family relationships. After graduating from the Girls Circle program, girls and their families meet again for a final Family Group Conference to discuss the girls' progress and make plans for the future.

For more information please contact the CDR at (417) 836-8831,, or

Funds are made available for this project through the Missouri Department of Public Safety and the Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group from funding provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.