Awards & Honors

GEMS and/or its Founder and Chief Executive Officer Rachel Lloyd have been recipients of the following awards, fellowships, and recognition:

  • Heart Matters–UJA Federation of New York (2014)
  • Shirley Chisholm Women of Distinction Award (2014)
  • Honoring Rachel Lloyd-Network for Peace through Dialogue (2013)
  • Celebrating Women Award-The New York Women’s Foundation (2013)
  • Beacon of Light Award-My Life My Choice (2013)
  • Office for Victims of Crime’s National Crime Victim Service Award (2012)
  • Women Deliver 50 Empowerment and Leadership Category (2012)
  • Spirit of OJJDP Award (2011)
  • Child Advocacy Award–The Administration for Children’s Services (2010)
  • Prime Movers Fellowship (2010)
  • Ashoka Fellowship (2009)
  • Heroes for Youth Award–National Safe Place (2009)
  •’s Changemakers Network (2009)
  • Social Entrepreneurship Award from the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research  (2008)
  • Susan B. Anthony Award from the New York City Chapter of the National Organization for Women (2008)
  • Black Girls Rock Award (2008)
  • Friends of Bill Scarborough (29th Assembly District,Queens) at the Building and Strengthening our Community Gala  (2008)
  • Community Service Award from the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators (2007)
  • Frederick Douglass Award from the North Star Fund (2007)
  • Reebok Human Rights Award (2006)
  • Uncommon Courage Award from the Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding at Queens College (2006)
  • Auburn Theological Seminary Lives of Commitment Award (2003)
  • The Union Square Award (2001)
  • Esther House Award (2001)
  • The Long Walk to Freedom Award–Community Works (2001)
  • Community Service Award from Soroptimist International NY
  • National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Award