Chapter Applications

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We are constantly looking for the right people to start collegiate or secondary school chapters under our organization, The Gem Project. If you have an interest in leadership, youth, and education and believe you can establish one at your school—can apply through a primary application:

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  • Meet The Gem Project Fellow Awardee: $1,000.00 to Asada Rashidi from Bard High School Early College Graduate, in partnership with NCOS!

    Newark, NJ – On August 10, 2018, The Gem Project, Inc.  announced their inaugural Gem Project Fellows award recipient of $1,000.00, which was to be given this year to any graduating high school student or current college student who exemplified what it means to lead a life of service, while maintaining scholarly excellence. On the […]

  • The Gem Project is an ArtStart 2018 Grant Recipient

    The Gem Project is a proud 2018-2019 ArtStart grant recipient provided by The Newark Arts Council, a 37 year-old not-for-profit organization that strives to provide resources and opportunities for arts and cultural organizations, throughout the City of Newark. The Gem Project will continue to pilot our service-learning initiatives that take on a social-justice approach, with […]

  • Our Gem Project Fellows Earned: 40 Hours of Dedicated Training Across 7 weeks

    For the past 6 weeks Diamond A., age 17, and Leilani D., age 22,  our Gem Project fellows, fulfilled 24+ hours of dedicated training, which does not include the 16 hours of career readiness and “next steps” session they earned during week 7 where they gained opportunities to: Resume + Cover letter: Coaching and Revisions […]

  • The Gem Project at West Side Salvation Army Summer Camp 2018

    For this summer, The Gem Project held a summer program at the West Side Salvation Army Day Camp, leading 72 hours of our fellowship program to West Side Salvation’s 270 hours of dedicated programming for youth across 6 weeks. The camp welcomed youth between age 6-13 as early as 8 in the morning and dismissed […]

  • Double Take: Stereotypes of a Smart Kid : Akintunde Ahmad

    “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid,” said  actress Lupita Nyong’o recently as she accepted her first Oscar win at the 2014 Academy Awards. Everyone in the audience was teary-eyed. When the underdog wins it gives people hope that they too can get recognition for their achievements. Many of us urbanites can identify […]

  • Movers, Shakers & World Changing Women

      Hundreds of women, young and old gather in Centennial Hall at the Newark Public Library in NJ to have their voices heard at the 2nd Annual State of the 21st Century Black Woman Empowerment Conference hosted by the Beta Alpha Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The conference was held in the […]

  • Baltimore welcomes the future of higher education for the annual NASPA 2014 Conference

    Over a thousand undergraduate, graduate, and working professionals from all across the United States gathered for the annual National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Conference, this year held in Baltimore, Maryland. According to its official website, the NASPA organization was founded in 1919 as the “Conference of Deans and Advisers of Men” and has […]

  • Find Your Success

    It is rather interesting how our experiences in life shape and mold us into the people we are today. It creates what we call “character,” which is a huge part of our personalities. In the midst of them, we often complain about our struggles and hardships. If those struggles and hardships never occurred, how could […]

  • 9-1-1 Emergency: Rutgers New Crime Alert Initiative

    Recently, The Star Ledger’s Kelly Heyboer published an article, about a new initiative established by Rutgers University-Newark campus to alert students of crimes that occur in areas surrounding the campus as well as the areas most frequented by students, such as train stations and subway stations throughout Newark. The New Brunswick campus also began to […]

  • Do What You Love: A Personal Narrative

    “We look up to you as our teachers and our leaders, How are we supposed to achieve success? If the person that is supposed to be our biggest fan is never in the bleachers? It’s like chasing a dream with the coach that has no faith in the team…. Ask them [your children] what their […]

Lead. Be Brazen–

  • “The world belongs to the energetic.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Lead. Be Resilent–

  • “What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Lead. Be Strong–

  • “Leaders are people who do the right thing; managers are people who do things right.” – Warren G. Bennis